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Eminent authorities from around the world have contributed to this book on ruminants, integrating information from palaeontology, molecular and population genetics, anatomy, morphology, and field studies of behaviour, ecology, and the effects of climate change. Also covered are the genetics, morphology, and behaviour of the saola (one of several new species recently found in the Annamite Mountains between Laos and Vietnam) and other survivors from isolated and ancient branches of the ruminant family tree.
Elisabeth S. Vrba is professor of geology and geophysics at Yale University. She is also coeditor of Paleoclimate and Evolution, with Emphasis on Human Origins, published by Yale University Press.
George B. Schaller is a conservation biologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
"This book on artiodactyl evolution, ecology, systematics, and conservation is both sound and stimulating."
- Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History