Forerunners of Mammals: Radiation · Histology · Biology (Life of the Past)

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About 320 million years ago a group of reptiles known as the synapsids emerged and forever changed Earth’s ecological landscapes. This book discusses the origin and radiation of the synapsids from their sail-backed pelycosaur ancestor to their diverse descendants, the therapsids or mammal-like reptiles, that eventually gave rise to mammals. It further showcases the remarkable evolutionary history of the synapsids in the Karoo Basin of South Africa and the environments that existed at the time. By highlighting studies of synapsid bone microstructure, it offers a unique perspective of how such studies are utilized to reconstruct various aspects of biology, such as growth dynamics, biomechanical function, and the attainment of sexual and skeletal maturity. A series of chapters outline the radiation and phylogenetic relationships of major synapsid lineages and provide direct insight into how bone histological analyses have led to an appreciation of these enigmatic animals as once-living creatures. The penultimate chapter examines the early radiation of mammals from their nonmammalian cynodont ancestors, and the book concludes by engaging the intriguing question of when and where endothermy evolved among the therapsids.

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Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a paleobiologist and global expert on fossil bone microstructure. She is Professor and Fellow of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is former director of the National History Collections, Iziko Museums of Cape Town. She is author of The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone: Deciphering Biology through Fine Scale Analysis and Famous Dinosaurs of Africa.

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"This volume represents a state-of-the-art contribution to our understanding of the paleobiology
of how mammals arose, and what factors contributed to their evolutionary radiation and eventual
success. It is highly recommended for anyone interested in these topics, and will be accessible to
readers with minimal background in bone histology and synapsid paleontology." ―Quarterly Review of Biology



"[T]he authors of Forerunners of Mammals have assembled a tremendous amount of information in both paleontology and paleohistology, and the book deserves very serious consideration and appreciation." ―Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology



The evolutionary lineage that eventually led to mammals split off from the rest of the tetrapods soon after vertebrates dragged themselves out of the water. This book uses a combination of in-depth literature reviews and original research to trace the rise of mammals from these earliest origins. Specifically, the authors use detailed analyses of the microstructure of fossilized bones to follow the transition from reptilian synapsids to the familiar warm-blooded creatures of today. The book relates fine osteological anatomy to the distribution, ecology, physiology, and behavior of mammalian ancestors. Forerunners of Mammals is full of meticulous detail... However, it also contains a number of excellently rendered illustrations of some of the animals covered in the book, and the final chapter is a discussion of the evolution of endothermy that anyone with a background in biology might find of interest. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --ChoiceJ. L. Hunt, University of Arkansas--Monticello, July 2012



"Forerunners of Mammals is full of meticulous detail... [I]t also contains a number of excellently rendered illustrations of some of the animals covered in the book, and the final chapter is a discussion of the evolution of endothermy that anyone with a background in biology might find of interest.... Recommended." ―Choice



"Forerunners of Mammals will take interested readers beyond the classic jaw-to-ear appreciation of therapsids, towards a deeper appreciation of the ancestry of mammals." ―Journal of Mammalian Evolution



"Ever since Nick Hotton's book from the 1980s we have needed an update on the biology of therapsids, and it has been Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan and her students and associates who through their bone histological work have made the greatest progress in this field." ―Martin Sander, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn

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Descripción Indiana University Press, United States, 2011. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. About 320 million years ago a group of reptiles known as the synapsids emerged and forever changed Earth s ecological landscapes. This book discusses the origin and radiation of the synapsids from their sail-backed pelycosaur ancestor to their diverse descendants, the therapsids or mammal-like reptiles, that eventually gave rise to mammals. It further showcases the remarkable evolutionary history of the synapsids in the Karoo Basin of South Africa and the environments that existed at the time. By highlighting studies of synapsid bone microstructure, it offers a unique perspective of how such studies are utilized to reconstruct various aspects of biology, such as growth dynamics, biomechanical function, and the attainment of sexual and skeletal maturity. A series of chapters outline the radiation and phylogenetic relationships of major synapsid lineages and provide direct insight into how bone histological analyses have led to an appreciation of these enigmatic animals as once-living creatures. The penultimate chapter examines the early radiation of mammals from their nonmammalian cynodont ancestors, and the book concludes by engaging the intriguing question of when and where endothermy evolved among the therapsids. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9780253356970

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