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The Rise of Mammals
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5963-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 569
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 168

Summary

The Paleocene epoch was a time of recovery for mammals and birds, survivors of the Mesozoic era. As the Earth continued to change as the continents drifted further apart, it was a world of evolutionary experiments, as birds and mammals each found ways to fill the ecological gaps left vacant by the disappearance of the dinosaurs. The Rise of Mammals details the pattern of bird and mammal evolution prior to the Cenozoic era as well as the critical first 10-million-year span of the Cenozoic known as the Paleocene epoch, during which mammals and birds rapidly adapted to the new ecological conditions. By the end of the Paleocene epoch, the roots of most modern birds and mammal families had been set, forging a series of divergent and specialized paths that continue to radiate some 55 million years later.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. References. Glossary. Appendixes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Thom Holmes is a writer specializing in natural history subjects and dinosaurs. He is noted for his expertise on the early history of dinosaur science in America. He was the publications director of The Dinosaur Society for six years and the editor of its newsletter, Dino Times, the world’s only monthly publication devoted to news about dinosaur discoveries. It was through the society and his work with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that Holmes developed widespread contacts and working relationships with paleontologists and paleo-artists throughout the world.

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