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Neptune's Ark
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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue. Steller's Sea Ape 1 / Reefs in the Desert 2 / Amphibious Ambiguities 3 / Bird Teeth and Reptile Necks 4 / Tail Tales 5 / Cope's Elusive Ophidians 6 / Hooves into Flippers 7 / Marsh's Deceptive Desmostylians 8 / Emlong's Whale 9 / Paws into Flippers 10 / Sea Cows and Oyster Bears 11 / The Long, Warm Summer 12 / Emptying Bays 13 / Punctuated Pinnipeds and Darwinian Sirenians 14 / Advent of Autumn 15 / Ice Age Invasions 16 / Hands into Paddles 17 / Pileated Woodpecker's Boat 18 / The End of the Earth 19 / An Industrial Interlude 20 / Intimations of Communication Epilogue. The Old Man of the Sea Notes Bibliography Index

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David Rains Wallace is the author of sixteen books, including Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution (UC Press), A New York Times Notable Book; The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, UC Press), winner of the John Burroughs Medal; The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age; and The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America, A New York Times Notable Book.

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Naturalist Wallace (Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution) here turns to evolution along the Pacific coast of North America. The diversity of the creatures he reveals is broader than the title implies--included are seals, whales, salmon, gulls, bears, otters, and "sea apes." Following the narrative can be difficult, partly because of the large number of species discussed (the index will be useful in tracking different species). Explorers James Cook and Francis Drake, naturalists Georg Steller and Charles Scammon, paleontologists Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh, and Douglas Emlong, an amateur with an amazing talent for finding fossils, thread through the book. Both Richard Ellis's Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea and Carl Zimmer's At the Water's Edge: Macroevolution and the Transformation of Life focus more on the evolution of strictly marine species. Wallace's research, as always, is strong, with good notes and a good bibliography. For academic and research libraries with an interest in paleontology. (Index not seen.)--Jean E. Crampon, Univ. of Southern California Science & Engineering Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Wallace's easy-going style, mixing personal adventures with textbook science, makes paleontology as readable as narrative history." The California Territorial Quarterly "A fascinating narrative of adventures from the pioneer naturalists to modern scientists." -- Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet Mammalia

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