Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time, 5th Edition
* Analysis of morphological and molecular data
* Early diversification of vertebrates
* The evolution of dinosaurs
* The origin of mammals
* Early ruling reptiles
* Basic adaptation of ungulates
Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates, Fifth Edition carries on its legacy as an invaluable reference for professionals in evolutionary biology and paleontology, as well as an ideal textbook for students in those fields.
Acanthodians and Placoderms.
Lobe-Fin Fishes and the Transition to Land.
Early Paleozoic Faunas.
The Advent of Reptiles.
Late Paleozoic Faunas.
Early Ruling Reptiles.
Triumph of the Dinosaurs.
Years of the Dinosaurs.
Beginning of the Mammals.
Introduction to the Placentals.
Early Placental Diversification.
The Primates and Their Allies.
Rodents and Rabbits.
Creodonts and Carnivores.
Whales and Dolphins.
South American Ungulates.
Elephants and Their Kin.
A Classification of the Phylum Chordata.
Key to Abbreviations of Bone Names Used in Illustrations.
Sources and Credits for Illustrations.
MICHAEL MORALES is Curator of Geology at The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona.
ELI C. MINKOFF is Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
"considered a classic" (New York Times, 25 November 2001)
"An absolute must for readers with an interest in vertebrate evolution." (Northeastern Naturalist, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2002) "Eminently readable and lavishly illustrated (with Lois Darling's classic drawings of reconstructed species plus up-to-date cladograms), Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates is the perfect book for students of vertebrate paleontology. Unlike encyclopedic reference texts which are full of confusing jargon, this is a book that can be read by the non-specialist. Colbert tells--and shows--the fascinating story of vertebrate evolution and diversity, with all of the major groups represented. With thorough yet uncluttered text and well-chosen figures, with complete coverage of paleoecology, stratigraphy, and taphonomy, this book is perfect for anyone who wishes to learn more about our "extended" family tree." (Alexander J. Werth, Ph.D., Hampden-Sydney College)