Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids takes on a journey through 65 million years, from the aftermath of the extinction of the dinosaurs to the glacial climax of the Pleistocene epoch; from the rain forests of the Paleocene and the Eocene, with their lemur-like primates, to the harsh landscape of the Pleistocene Steppes, home to the woolly mammoth. It is also a journey through space, following the migrations of mammal species that evolved on other continents and eventually met to compete or coexist in Cenozoic Europe. Finally, it is a journey through the complexity of mammalian evolution, a review of the changes and adaptations that have allowed mammals to flourish and become the dominant land vertebrates on Earth.
CHAPTER 1 THE PALEOCENE: THE DARK EPOCH
CHAPTER 2 THE EOCENE: REACHING THE CLIMAX
CHAPTER 3 THE OLIGOCENE: A TIME OF CHANGE
CHAPTER 4 THE EARLY TO MIDDLE MIOCENE: WHEN THE CONTINENTS COLLIDE
CHAPTER 5 THE LATE MIOCENE: THE BEGINNING OF THE CRISIS
CHAPTER 6 THE PLIOCENE: THE END OF A WORLD
CHAPTER 7 THE PLEISTOCENE: THE AGE OF HUMANKIND Bibliography Index