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The Age of Mammals
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5964-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 569
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 192

Summary

About 15 million years ago, the diversity of mammals worldwide reached an astounding peak. As the continental landmasses shifted and temperate climates encouraged flowering plants, woodlands, and grasses to grow in abundance, mammals stepped into ecological niches left vacant by the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Oligocene and Miocene epochs saw the foundations of modern-day mammal groups. Adaptations of the jaw, teeth, skull, limbs, and other traits led to mammals that were better adapted for every mode of life. The Age of Mammals explains how mammals and birds increased their collective footprint to dominate the Earth, and how they evolved to present-day form.

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.

Reviews and Awards

 "Honor Book, 2010," (Science Grades 7-12 category)


- Society of School Librarians International

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