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Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 299–300 | Cite as

Lagomorph Research: Past, Present, and Future

Lagomorph Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation. Edited by Paulo Célio Alves, Nuno Ferrand, and Klaus Hackländer. New York: Springer. 2007. 413 pp., $249.00 (cloth). ISBN 978-3-540-72445-2
  • Brian P. Kraatz
Book Review
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Too often lagomorphs are overlooked for their evermore-studied cousins, the rodents. This historical pattern is due largely to the perception that a rabbit is simply a rabbit, and that there is a broadly ‘conserved’ biology among extant and extinct species of lagomorphs. This is certainly not the case, and Lagomorph Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation nicely illustrates that lagomorphs represent a diverse group of mammals rich with tractable research problems and, more importantly, ripe for exposure to new researchers asking new questions. Because this perspective is rare, the publication of this book in itself is a tremendous success for lagomorph researchers.

This edited volume is largely the product of the 2nd World Lagomorph Conference held in Vairão, Portugal in 2004. The second conference was long overdue and held 25 years after the first iteration in Canada. Lagomorph Biologymarks the current state of lagomorph research and summarizes it in the following sections:...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of PaleontologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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