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Forerunners of Mammals : Radiation * Histology * Biology, Hardback Book

Forerunners of Mammals : Radiation * Histology * Biology Hardback

Edited by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

Part of the Life of the Past series


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Evolution
  • ISBN: 9780253356970



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