Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and Evolution of the Family Equidae

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Cambridge University Press, 24 cze 1994 - 369
The family Equidae have an extensive fossil record spanning the past 58 million years, and the evolution of the horse has frequently been used as a classic example of long-term evolution. In recent years, however, there have been many important discoveries of fossil horses, and these, in conjunction with such new methods as cladistics, and techniques such as precise geochronology, have allowed us to achieve a much greater understanding of the evolution and biology of this important group. This book synthesizes the large body of data and research relevant to an understanding of fossil horses from several disciplines including biology, geology and paleontology. Using horses as the central theme, the author weaves together in the text such topics as modern geochronology, paleobiogeography, climate change, evolution and extinction, functional morphology, and population biology during the Cenozoic period. This book will be exciting reading for researchers and graduate students in vertebrate paleontology, evolution, and zoology.
 

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A renaissance in paleontology
13
Collections museums
49
Fossil horses exceptional discoveries
63
conservation of threatened
77
Monophyly and close relatives of
86
Grades clades and horses
96
Comments on the systematics of
117
isotopes
124
Distribution of fossil horses throughout
156
Concluding comments
162
Rates of morphological
189
Trends laws direction and progress
213
Whats the use? Functional
229
horse chauvinism
261
Fiftyeight million years
299
Epilogue
323

Development of Cenozoic landmammal
130
Concluding remarks
142
Centers of origin and patterns
150

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