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The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives : An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History
by Mauricio Antón and Alan Turner and F. Clark Howell




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AWARDED: A Natural Science Book Club Selection ; A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection; Voted Best Book on Prehistoric Animals of 1997 by the readers of Prehistoric Times
In this fascinating natural history linking extinct larger feline species with those still in existence, collaborators Turner and Antón bring together the evidence of modern behavior and the fossil record. Turner´s clear, insightful prose and Antón´s masterful illustrations combine to offer specialists and newcomers alike an exacting yet accessible guide to the evolution of a species.
-As Alan Turner notes, relatively little has been written for the non-specialist about the evolution of the cats. He and artist Mauricio Antón therefore set out to provide 'an authoritative and yet popular and accessible account of the evolution of the larger cats by bringing together the evidence of modern behavior and the fossil record.´ Their book does exactly that. Antón´s illustrations, refreshingly 'based directly on the skeletal evidence available and . . . not merely slightly altered versions of living cats with the addition of large fangs,´ are perhaps the finest ever published. They are intertwined with Turner´s cogent text in an eloquent demonstration of the interplay between art and science, paleontology and zoology, predator and prey, ecology and behavior, and anatomy and geography. - Science

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Overview

AWARDED: A Natural Science Book Club Selection ; A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection; Voted Best Book on Prehistoric Animals of 1997 by the readers of Prehistoric Times
In this fascinating natural history linking extinct larger feline species with those still in existence, collaborators Turner and Antón bring together the evidence of modern behavior and the fossil record. Turner´s clear, insightful prose and Antón´s masterful illustrations combine to offer specialists and newcomers alike an exacting yet accessible guide to the evolution of a species.
-As Alan Turner notes, relatively little has been written for the non-specialist about the evolution of the cats. He and artist Mauricio Antón therefore set out to provide 'an authoritative and yet popular and accessible account of the evolution of the larger cats by bringing together the evidence of modern behavior and the fossil record.´ Their book does exactly that. Antón´s illustrations, refreshingly 'based directly on the skeletal evidence available and . . . not merely slightly altered versions of living cats with the addition of large fangs,´ are perhaps the finest ever published. They are intertwined with Turner´s cogent text in an eloquent demonstration of the interplay between art and science, paleontology and zoology, predator and prey, ecology and behavior, and anatomy and geography. - Science

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780231102292
  • ISBN-10: 0231102291
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publish Date: May 2000
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.96 x 0.56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.09 pounds


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