Interesting and thorough overview of ancient rhinoceroses, starting from the biographies of all the fossil hunters who dug up ancient rhino bones to rhino evolution, location, habitat, and speculation of their eventual demise I found the 3 chapters dealing with the fossil hunter biography tedious, but the rhino portions of the book were interesting, if a bit bland Sketches and an extensive bibliography are present.
This book starts with the history of Indricothere discovery, and the individuals who did the field work and subsequent analysis The discoveries in Pakistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Turkey are described with excellent information on the geological formations and other fossils found in the same strata.
Prothero describes the characteristics that identify indricotheres, particularly the L shaped molars The rhino horn, made of dense keratin fibers, is only found on a few species Indricotheres radiated from the small Hyrachyus about 55 mya in the Eocene Three main groups formed, two of which died out about 20 mya in the Oligocene The groups differ in the arrangement of the front teeth, the rhinocerotids having chisel s
É Rhinoceros Giants É In the midst of reading this excellent book shall report back when I have finished.
How often do you get a book about Indricotheres
Prothero Made Predators Think Twice Before Trying To Bring Them Down In This Book For Lovers Of Ancient Creatures Great And Small, Donald R Prothero Tells Their Story, From Their Discovery By Paleontologists Just A Century Ago To The Latest Research On How They Lived And Died, With Some Interesting Side Trips Along The Way