From the era of early cave paintings to the present time, ruminants—deer, antelopes, cattle, buffalo, goats, giraffes, and their relatives—have captured the human imagination. Present on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, they have also been more important to human subsistence than any other mammalian group. This book is a discussion of the evolution, biology, relationships, and conservation of this fascinating and ecologically important group of mammals. Eminent authorities from around the world have contributed to this book on ruminants, integrating information from paleontology, molecular and population genetics, anatomy, morphology, and field studies of behavior, ecology, and the effects of climate change. Also covered are the genetics, morphology, and behavior 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 on the ruminant family tree. Many of the living species are endangered, say the authors, and knowledge of their history, evolution, and basic biology is critical to their conservation.
Sponsored by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and the Wildlife Conservation Society, New Yo
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.
Sign up to the Yale newsletter for book news, offers, free extracts and more
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.