The Evolution of Artiodactyls

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Donald R. Prothero, Scott E. Foss
JHU Press, Oct 23, 2007 - 367 pages
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Artiodactyls are diverse and successful hoofed mammals, represented by nearly two hundred living species of pigs, peccaries, hippos, camels, deer, sheep, cattle, giraffes, and other even-toed ungulates.

In the recent years, a tremendous amount of research has been conducted on this important order. The Evolution of Artiodactyls synthesizes this research into a single, comprehensive volume. Here Donald R. Prothero, Scott E. Foss, and a team of distinguished international experts explore a variety of topics, including molecular phylogeny of terrestrial artiodactyls phylogenetic relationships of cetaceans to terrestrial artiodactyls, and the earliest artiodactyls—Diacodexidae, Dichobunidae, Homacodontidae, Leptochoeridae, and Raoellidae.

A landmark reference, The Evolution of Artiodactyls belongs in the library of every paleontologist, mammalogist, and evolutionary biologist.

Contributors: Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; Edward Byrd Davis, University of Oregon; Stéphane Ducrocq, Université de Poitiers; Jörg Erfurt, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg; Jonathan H. Geisler, Georgia Southern University; Colin P. Groves, Australian National University; John M. Harris, George C. Page Museum; James G. Honey, University of Colorado, Boulder; Christine M. Janis, Brown University; Fabrice Lihoreau, Université de N'Djaména; Matthew R. Liter, Occidental College; Liu Li-Ping, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, China; Joshua A. Ludtke, San Diego State University; Jonathan D. Marcot, University of Colorado Museum; Grégoire Métais, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Gertrud E. Rössner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Nikos Solounias, American Museum of Natural History; James Bowie Stevens and Margaret Skeels Stevens, Lamar University; Jessica M. Theodor, University of Calgary; Mark D. Uhen, Cranbrook Institute of Science; Inessa Vislobokova, Russian Academy of Sciences

  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Conflicts and Resolution
4
3 Phylogenetic Relationships of Cetaceans to Terrestrial Artiodactyls
19
Diacodexeidae Dichobunidae Homacodontidae Leptochoeridae and Raoellidae
32
Cebochoeridae Choeropotamidae Mixtotheriidae Cainotheriidae Anoplotheriidae Xiphodontidae and Amphimerycidae
59
6 Family Helohyidae
85
7 Family Anthracotheriidae
89
8 Family Hippopotamidae
106
15 Basal Ruminants
189
16 Family Tragulidae
213
17 Family Moschidae
221
18 Family Antilocapridae
227
19 Family Palaeomerycidae
241
20 Family Cervidae
249
21 Family Giraffidae
257
22 Family Bovidae
278

9 Family Entelodontidae
120
10 Superfamily Suoidea
130
11 Family Agriochoeridae
151
12 Family Merycoidodontidae
157
13 Family Protoceratidae
169
14 Family Camelidae
177
23 Artiodactyl Paleoecology and Evolutionary Trends
292
24 Summary
303
References
317
Index
363
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About the author (2007)

Donald R. Prothero is a professor of geology at Occidental College and coeditor or author of many books, including Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals, published by Johns Hopkins; The Evolution of Perissodactyls; and Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology. Scott E. Foss is the Regional Paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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