Mammal Evolution: An Illustrated Guide
By R.J.G. Savage, M.R. Long
Paperback: 259 pages
Edition: 1st., (1986)
An extraordinary picture book that documents quite completely the evolution of various types of mammals. It begins with a discussion of fossil formation and geologic changes with reference to geologic time periods, followed by a discussion of the biological classification of mammals and a comparison of bones and teeth. Throughout the text, correct terminology is used, for which a brief glossary explains the general terms, but this is not an easy book to read. Advanced high - school students of biology or evolution could access topics through the index and understand the text with reference to the dramatic, colorful, and detailed illustrations; poor readers might be intimidated by the precision of terminology and the breadth of coverage. High schools with advanced science curricula and large science book collections will want to add this beautiful and erudite title that offers a cogent explanation of current evolution theory.