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J Mammal Evol (2006) 13:147149 DOI 10.1007/s10914-006-9010-x

Summary: J Mammal Evol (2006) 13:147149
DOI 10.1007/s10914-006-9010-x
Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Richard L. Cifelli, and Zhe-Xi
Luo, Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs Origins,
Evolution, and Structure
Columbia University Press, New York, 2004, 630 pp., $195
(hard cover). ISBN 0-231-11918-6.
J. David Archibald
Published online: 30 May 2006
C Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
Language, or actually differences in languages, can have a powerful influence upon the way
we perceive a concept. Science is no exception. Take for example the phrase in English, "the
first two-thirds." For any native English speaker this makes perfect sense and needs no further
explanation. Not so, if English is a "second" language. If there is a "first two-thirds," what about
the "second two-thirds?" Such was posited to me by one of the authors of "Mammals from the
Age of Dinosaurs," Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. For those who may not know, "Mammals from
the Age of Dinosaurs" is not Dr. Kielan-Jaworowska's first foray into a book-length treatment
of the, yes, dare I say, esoteric world of Mesozoic mammals. Given that her first effort was over
25 years ago (1979), for those of us who find these beasts irresistible, such a new treatment is


Source: Archibald, J. David - Department of Biology, San Diego State University


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Geosciences