Beasts of Eden: walking whales, dawn horses, and other enigmas of mammal evolution.

Beasts of Eden: walking whales, dawn horses, and other enigmas of mammal evolution. David Rains Wallace.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Octavo, paperback, illustrations.

Mammals first evolved at about the same time as dinosaurs, and their story is perhaps the more fascinating of the two--in part because it is also our own story. In this literate and entertaining book, eminent naturalist David Rains Wallace brings the saga of ancient mammals to a general audience for the first time. Using artist Rudolph Zallinger's majestic Age of Mammals mural at the Peabody Museum as a frame for his narrative, Wallace deftly moves over varied terrain--drawing from history, science, evolutionary theory, and art history--to present a lively account of fossil discoveries and an overview of what those discoveries have revealed about early mammals and their evolution.

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