Turner, Alan and Mauricio Anton. Evolving Eden : Evolving Eden: An Illustrated Guide to the Evolution of the African Large Mammal Fauna. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
For the past 35 million years, the continent of Africa has been host to a plethora of evolving mammals of all shapes and sizes. This book, written by Alan Turner and illustrated by Mauricio Anton, outlines the natural histories of specific mammal groups, highlighting both extinct and extant species. After these outlines and an analysis of valuable dig sites on the continent, the book closes with an excellent summary that captures the rise and fall of the continent's various mammal families. This book is definitely accessible to the layperson, though I would recommend some background knowledge in the topic.