The Evolution of African Mammals II: The Essential Sequel

Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. Edited by L. Werdelin and W. J. Sanders. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2010. 986 pp., $95.00 (cloth). ISBN: 9780520257214
  • Jessica M. Theodor
Book Review

If you frequently find yourself reaching for a battered copy of Maglio and Cooke’s (1978) Evolution of African Mammals, you have either already ordered Cenozoic Mammals of Africa, edited by Lars Werdelin and William J. Sanders, or you have been in the field continuously and should order it immediately. Like Evolution of African Mammals, this is a synoptic treatment of the Cenozoic record of Africa, organized along the same lines and expanded to cover the vast wealth of material recovered since the late 1970s.

For much of the early Cenozoic, Africa, like South America and Australia, was an isolated island continent. Beginning in the Oligocene, Africa experienced what seems to have been a gradual, one-way infiltration of mammals from Eurasia, ramping up to higher levels in the Miocene as Tethys closed (Gheerbrant and Rage 2006). Unlike the other Gondwanan continents, Africa had a core stock that included laurasiatherians. The early Cenozoic history documents the flowering of a highly...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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