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Jonathan Kingdon introduces Mammals of Africa





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Published on Jan 15, 2013


Mammals of Africa (MoA) is a series of six volumes which describes, in detail, every currently recognized species of African land mammal. This is the first time that such extensive coverage has ever been attempted, and the volumes incorporate the very latest information and detailed discussion of the morphology, distribution, biology and evolution (including reference to fossil and molecular data) of Africa's mammals. With 1,160 species and 16 orders, Africa has the greatest diversity and abundance of mammals in the world. The reasons for this and the mechanisms behind their evolution are given special attention in the series.
Each volume follows the same format, with detailed profiles of every species and higher taxa. The series includes some 660 colour illustrations by Jonathan Kingdon and his many drawings highlight details of morphology and behaviour of the species concerned. Diagrams, schematic details and line drawings of skulls and jaws are by Jonathan Kingdon and Meredith Happold. Every species also includes a detailed distribution map. Extensive references alert readers to more detailed information.

Volume I: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria (352 pages)
Volume II: Primates (560 pages)
Volume III: Rodents, Hares and Rabbits (784 pages)
Volume IV: Hedgehogs, Shrews and Bats (800 pages)
Volume V: Carnivores, Pangolins, Equids and Rhinoceroses (560 pages)
Volume VI: Pigs, Hippopotamuses, Chevrotain, Giraffes, Deer and Bovids (704 pages)
"Mammals of Africa is the magnum opus of Kingdon's team - except that it seems more magnum than any opus has any right to be. It is up-to-date, comprehensive and, above all, beautiful, in both the writing and the pictures." -- Richard Dawkins, New College, University of Oxford

"Mammals of Africa is a splendid rare blend of natural history and science. It takes handbooks to a new level and shows what professionals and amateurs alike can expect if they wish to carry with them the very best." -- E. O. Wilson, Harvard University

"Art in science, the science of art, and the art of science: say these words to informed biologists worldwide, and with one voice they will acclaim: Jonathan Kingdon. This marvellous book, compendious, meticulous, beautiful and inspirational is the crescendo of a lifetime's work in and for Africa. No other continent can boast such a tome as Mammals of Africa, and Africa and her magnificent mammals owe it to Jonathan Kingdon and his remarkable team." -- David W. Macdonald CBE, Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Oxford

"Mammals of Africa represents a high-water mark - not just in mammalogy, but in scientific publishing overall. Magnificent." -- Tim Flannery, Macquarie University, Sydney

Music - Night Cave by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under CC Attribution 3.0.


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