Monday, January 24, 2011

Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary HistoryBy Xiaoming Wang and Richard H. Tedford
Illustrations by Mauricio Anton
Hardcover : 232 Pages
July 14, 2008

You know, I had never thought about dentition before reading Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. Probably not something that most people think about, but it sure opened my eyes! Just learning about why the teeth of dogs are the way they are, why cats are so different from dogs, and how every single piece of their anatomy evolved over millions of years to serve such specific purposes was absolutely fascinating.

The illustrations are also amazing, and cover the extensive history of dog evolution over time. Not the most accessible book for all general readers, but worth it for anyone with a real interest in canine evolution, or of mammalian biology in general.

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