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Author Hallett, Mark, 1947- author.

Title On the prowl : in search of big cat origins / Mark Hallett and John M. Harris.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]


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 Axe JSTOR eBook (C-19)  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 247 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
text txt rdacontent
computer n rdamedia
online resource nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "At the beginning of the Pleistocene Ice Age, changing climates and ecosystems of Africa and Asia opened newavenues for evolutionary adaptation to both herbivores and carnivores, and especially the pantherine felids, or big cats. Despite the iconic image of big cats like leopards, tigers and lions for us, their origins and history have been only imcompletely understood, and gaps still exist in the fossil record. This book provides an updated and as comprehesive as possible understanding of the big cats' evolution, and their significance in ancient Ice Age ecosystems. It will also describe their long, often adversarial relationship to another apex predator: human beings. The rise of the pantherines is here vividly portrayed not only through the carefully documented text, based on the most recent studies of leading carnivore paleontologists, but also through accurate, detailed illustrations. Hallett's talent for "life reconstruction" and "scenic" imagery will supplement the text by helping to bring these ancient animals to life. Ending with a strong case for renewed efforts for big cat conservation, the book will motivate all the more strongly those who care about the fate of the pantherines. By showing the great evolutionary distance travelled by the big cats, the challenges already overcome and adapted to, the authors hope their call to action will all the more poignant: will well, through simple negligence, be the ones to allow this long line to come to an end?"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 02, 2020).
Subject Panthera -- Evolution.
Panthera -- Origin.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Harris, John Michael, author.
Other Form: Print version: Hallett, Mark, 1947- On the prowl New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231184502 (DLC) 2019034905
ISBN 9780231545525 electronic book
0231545525 electronic book
9780231184502 hardcover
Music No. EB00793881 Recorded Books

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