Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

Dogs Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History Xiaoming Wang and Richard H Tedford have spent the past years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae Both are well known for having established the modern framework for the evoluti

  • Title: Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History
  • Author: Xiaoming Wang Richard H. Tedford Mauricio Antón
  • ISBN: 9780231135283
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Xiaoming Wang and Richard H Tedford have spent the past 20 years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae Both are well known for having established the modern framework for the evolutionary relationship of canids Combining their research with Mauricio Anton s impeccable reconstructions of both extinct and extant species, Wang and Tedford present a remarkXiaoming Wang and Richard H Tedford have spent the past 20 years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae Both are well known for having established the modern framework for the evolutionary relationship of canids Combining their research with Mauricio Anton s impeccable reconstructions of both extinct and extant species, Wang and Tedford present a remarkably detailed and nuanced portrait of the origin and evolution of canids over the past 40 million years.The authors cull their history from the most recent scientific research conducted on the vast collections of the American Museum of Natural History and other leading institutions The fossil record of the Canidae, particularly those from their birth place in North America, are the strongest of their kind among known groups of carnivorans Such a wonderfully detailed evolutionary history provides access to a natural history that is not possible with many other groups of carnivorans.With their rich fossil record, diverse adaptations to various environments, and different predatory specializations, canids are an ideal model organism for the mapping of predator behavior and morphological specializations They also offer an excellent contrast to felids, which remain entrenched in extreme predatory specializations The innovative illustrated approach in this book is the perfect accompaniment to an extremely important branch of animal and fossil study It transforms the science of paleontology into a thrilling visual experience and provides an unprecedented reference for anyone fascinated by dogs.

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    • Beware! This is not "A breezy and highly engaging romp through the rich history of the Canidae," as the back cover promises. It is a highly technical scientific study of the evolution of dogs starting with the first carnivores in North America 65 million years ago, and takes you on a journey with canidae you've probably never heard of like aeturudons and boraphagine, among others. It is of interest to people who are interested in how dogs evolved and why, although it is rather thin on the "why" [...]


    • Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History Xiaoming WangThe Dog's Tale!Our "best friend" has been with us for about 30,000 years and holds the title of being one of the first domesticated animal. If you go back even further in time to about 100,000 BP you might find the first lineage of the dog as it split off from the gray wolf. Of course, if you want the dog's (carnivore's) earliest ancestor you'd have to go back 65m or more YBP. This, then, is the subject of Xiaoming Wang's incredi [...]


    • This book is pretty cool. The illustrations are really clear and well executed. The text is engaging and understandable. It's not light reading, but it sure is educational!


    • This book presents a good overview on the evolutionary history of dogs (Family Canidae), their phylogeny and their lifestyle.Moreover, It discusses the modern classification of domestic dogs and whether it is a distinct species that is separated from the gray wolf species. To understand this issue correctly, the authors suggest the distinction between two modes of classification of species: Biological Concept and Evolutionary Concept. Based on the biological species concept, gray wolves and dome [...]


    • I was hoping this would have more information about the recent evolution of dogs, but I suppose that book would not be written by paleontologists specializing in ancient dog-like animals. This book was approachable in that each section was concise. This book was inapproachable in that the word choices were very specialized, and the glossary was not inclusive enough.I did learn a lot about the canine body and what it has evolved to do, but I found myself wanting to learn more about canine-human c [...]


    • A thorough and scientific treatment of the evolution of dogs, including the latest thinking on when, how and why they were domesticated. Evidence points to dogs being the first animal domesticated by humans, was it a mutual choice, selection by humans and why a predator? Interesting questions touched on by the bog as well as a good survey of the fossil record so far as it is known. Anyone interested in the evolution of the dog will benefit from reading this book.


    • I almost gave up, but once I got past chapter 3 it was more of pull than a push. It's an interesting look at the various branches of the canid family tree, that like the hominim tree was much 'bushier' in the past than it is today. It was interesting to learn that the degree to which canids have been carnivores has varied considerably over their history, and why dogs have long noses and cats have short ones.


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