The rise of horses : 55 million years of evolution
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Jens Lorenz Franzen ; transl. by Kirsten M. Brown
|Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press|
|VIII, 211 p ill|
|Trefwoorden (cab)||paarden / equidae / evolutie / beenderen / dieranatomie / fylogenie / paleozoölogie|
|Evolutie en fylogenie / Mammalia|
|Toelichting (Engels)||Long domesticated, related to rhinoceroses, and descended from a creature the size of a hare, horses are a fascinating study in evolution. The author's account explores the early evolution and eventual diversification of horse anatomy to explain how and why these once widespread and varied mammals became the common horses, zebras, and asses we know today. Beginning with their evolutionary rise roughly 55 million years ago, the author traces a history etched in fossils. He explains how improving body construction and energy balance allowed some horses to enter and thrive in new environments while others failed and became extinct.|