Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 210–212 | Cite as

The Deep Roots of the Mammalian Tree

T. S. Kemp (ed): The Origin and Evolution of Mammals. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004 342pp (ISBN 0-19-850761-5). $84.50 (paper)
  • Guillermo W. RougierEmail author
Book Review

T. S. Kemp, the author of the much revered and useful Mammal-like Reptiles and the Origin of Mammals (1982), has produced a new book with the explicit aims of (1) updating the 1982 book with regard to new fossils and (2) elaborating “at a similar level the story of what happens next—the radiation of mammals after the end of the Cretaceous” (preface).

The book addresses general topics and technical issues as well, dealing with the origin of mammals in the widest possible sense, that is, truly, the history of Synapsida. The readership targeted consists mostly of university students and paleontologists, but some of the broader topics will be of interest to evolutionary biologists and most scientists with a natural history background. The amateur or layperson attempting to tackle this book will face a steep learning curve, but if successfully completed much will be learned, and it will have proven the doggedness of his/her interest. The new book is graced by a clear prose, set at a fast...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Health Science CenterUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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