In Pursuit of Early Mammals presents the history of the mammals that lived during the Mesozoic era, the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and describes their origins, anatomy, systematics, paleobiology, and distribution. It also tells the story of the author, a world-renowned specialist on these animals, and the other prominent paleontologists who have studied them. Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska was the first woman to lead large-scale paleontological expeditions, including eight to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, which brought back important collections of dinosaur, early mammal, and other fossils. She shares the difficulties and pleasures encountered in finding rare fossils and describes the changing views on early mammals made possible by these discoveries.
"Nobody is better suited or more qualified to summarize how research on early mammal evolution has made its numerous breakthroughs than Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. No one alive has had her kind of long and rich experience and her very diverse collaborations with scientists worldwide [...] In my view, in the whole area of studies on Mesozoic mammal evolution for the past 100 years, only the late American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson would be her equal."
– Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"A fascinating window into the development of the field [...] The perspective of an individual at the center of these developments is captivating, informative, and has never before been published [...] An excellent starting point for any student interested in this field and for laymen interested in the path of scientific discovery."
– Gregory P. Wilson, University of Washington
"Mesozoic mammal fossils are the focus of this fascinating book, which reviews both the fossils themselves and the history of their discovery. Paleontologist Kielan-Jaworowska [...] is uniquely qualified to synthesize the state of this field with its history; she has worked with various international collaborators for 50 years [...] Highly recommended."
– Choice, reviewing a previous edition or volume
2. Methods: Collecting Materials and Establishing Relationships
3. Paleontological Exploration of Mongolia by American, Japanese, Soviet and Russian Expeditions
4. Polish-Mongolian Expeditions, and the Nomadic Expedition, 2002
5. Origins of Mammals and the Earliest Representatives of Mammaliaforms and Mammals
6. Haramiyidans and Probable Related Forms
9. Monotremes and the Issue of Australosphenida and Boreosphenida
10. Multituberculates and Gondwanatherians
12. “Eupantotherians” and the Origin of Pseudotribosphenic Molars
13. Tribotheria, Matatheria, and the Issue of Deltatheroida
14. Eutherian and Placental Mammals
15. Paleobiology of Mammaliaforms and Early Mammals
16. Diversification of Mammaliaforms and Mesozoic Mammals: A Summary
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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She is author of Hunting for Dinosaurs and (with R. L. Cifelli and Z.-X. Luo) Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs: Origins, Evolution, and Structure.