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Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Mammals: General

A Manual of the Mammalia An Homage to Lawlor's "Handbook to the Orders and Families of Living Mammals"

By: Douglas A Kelt(Author), James L Patton(Author), Fiona A Reid(Illustrator), Bill Stone(Illustrator)
340 pages, 513 b/w photos, 33 b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
A Manual of the Mammalia
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  • A Manual of the Mammalia ISBN: 9780226533001 Hardback Nov 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

The taxonomy of recent mammals has lately undergone tremendous revision, but it has been almost four decades since the last update to Timothy E. Lawlor's acclaimed identification guide the Handbook to the Orders and Families of Living Mammals. Integrating the latest advances in research, Douglas A. Kelt and James L. Patton provide this long-overdue update in their new, wholly original work, A Manual of the Mammalia.

Complemented by global range maps, high-resolution photographs of skulls and mandibles by Bill Stone, and the outstanding artwork of Fiona Reid, A Manual of the Mammalia provides an overview of biological attributes of each higher taxon while highlighting key and diagnostic characters needed to identify skulls and skins of all recent mammalian orders and most families. Kelt and Patton also place taxa in their currently understood supra-familial clades, and discuss current challenges in higher mammal taxonomy. Including a comprehensive review of mammalian anatomy to provide a foundation for understanding all characters employed throughout, A Manual of the Mammalia is both a user-friendly handbook for students learning to identify higher mammal taxa and a uniquely comprehensive, up-to-date reference for mammalogists and mammal-lovers from across the globe.


Organization of This Manual
Basics of Mammalian Anatomy
Cranial and Postcranial Anatomy
The Mammalian Skull
Postcranial Skeleton
The Integument
Mammalian Hair
Foot Posture and Foot Pads
Dental Formulae
Tooth Morphology
Types of Molar Occlusal Patterns
Specialized Molar Cusps
Crown Height and Root Development
Incisor Procumbency
Classification of Living Mammals
Class Mammalia
Subclass Prototheria
Order Monotremata
Subclass Theria
Infraclass Metatheria (= Marsupialia)
Order Didelphimorphia
Order Paucituberculata
Order Microbiotheria
Order Notoryctemorphia
Order Dasyuromorphia
Order Peramelemorphia (= Peramelina)
Order Diprotodontia
Suborder Vombatiformes
Suborder Phalangeriformes
Suborder Macropodiformes
Infraclass Eutheria or Placentalia
Clade Atlantogenata
Clade Xenarthra
Order Cingulata
Order Pilosa
Suborder Folivora
Suborder Vermilingua
Clade Afrotheria
Clade Afroinsectiphilia
Order Tubulidentata
Clade Afroinsectivora
Order Macroscelidea
Order Tenrecoidea
Suborder Chrysochloridea
Suborder Tenrecomorpha
Clade Paenungulata (= Subungulata)
Order Hyracoidea
Clade Tethytheria
Order Proboscidea
Order Sirenia
Clade Boreoeutheria
Clade Euarchontoglires
Clade Glires
Order Lagomorpha
Order Rodentia
Suborder Sciuromorpha
Suborder Castorimorpha
Suborder Myomorpha (= Myodonta)
Suborder Anomaluromorpha
Suborder Hystricomorpha (= Ctenohystrica)
      Infraorder Ctenodactylomorphi
      Infraorder Hystricognathi
Clade Euarchonta
Order Primates
Suborder Strepsirrhini
      Infraorder Lemuriformes
      Infraorder Chiromyiformes
      Infraorder Lorisiformes
Suborder Haplorrhini
      Infraorder Tarsiiformes
      Infraorder Simiiformes (= Anthropoidea)
Clade Sundatheria
Order Dermoptera
Order Scandentia
Clade Laurasiatheria
Clade Lipotyphla (= Eulipotyphla)
Order Erinaceomorpha
Order Soricomorpha
Clade Scrotifera
Order Chiroptera
Clade Yinpterochiroptera (= Pteropodiformes)
Clade Yangochiroptera (= Vespertilioniformes)
Clade Ferae
Order Pholidota
Order Carnivora
Suborder Feliformia
Suborder Caniformia
Clade Euungulata
Order Perissodactyla
Superorder Cetartiodactyla
Order Artiodactyla
Suborder Suina
Suborder Whippomorpha
      Infraorder Ancodonta
Suborder Tylopoda
Suborder Ruminantia
      Infraorder Tragulina
      Infraorder Pecora
Clade Cetacea (= Cete)
Subclade Mysticeti
Subclade Odontoceti
Literature Cited
Index to Taxonomic Names above the Genus Level

Customer Reviews

By: Douglas A Kelt(Author), James L Patton(Author), Fiona A Reid(Illustrator), Bill Stone(Illustrator)
340 pages, 513 b/w photos, 33 b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
Media reviews

"An outstanding contribution to our efforts to teach students and professionals the wealth of recent literature that is recasting our understanding of the world's mammals. I applaud Kelt and Patton for keeping Lawlor's name associated with this massive revision. It isn't so much 'Lawlor's [...] ' anymore, but it is very generous of these authors to recognize his initial efforts and contributions in teaching a next generation of mammalogists. The glossary and illustrations are excellent and most helpful. This book will be the standard for years to come."
– Robert M. Timm, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, and past president, American Society of Mammalogists

"Kelt and Patton have greatly expanded Lawlor's work with new taxonomic and systematic organization, many more and better illustrations, and a more extensive bibliography. This new rendition is much improved. There is hardly a better manual for comparing old and new taxonomic and phylogenetic constructs for the Class Mammalia. Relations of groups of mammals, and Mammaliaformes, are clearly presented. Characteristics of each order and family are clearly and succinctly listed. Drawings and photos are first rate and clearly illustrate the desired points for each character/group. This book will have a place on the bookshelf of every mammalogist worldwide."
– Michael A. Mares, director, curator, and professor emeritus, Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, and past president, American Society of Mammalogists

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