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Department of Zoology


This new volume in the Handbook of Zoology series provides up-to-date reviews of mammalian evolution, phylogenetics, and molecular biology and will be essential reading for mammalogists, zoologists and conservationists alike. 

The volume, edited by Frank E. Zachos, of the Natural History Museum Vienna, and our own Robert Asher, covers recent advances in mammalian history and taxonomy as well comprehensive summaries of the state-of-the-art in synapsid palaeobiology

There are nearly 6,000 mammalian species, among them our own. Research on our evolutionary cousins has a long history, but the last 20 years have seen particularly rapid progress in recognizing the interrelationships and evolutionary history of mammals.  This volume combines up-to-date reviews on mammalian phylogenetics with palaeontological, taxonomic and evolutionary chapters and also summarizes the historical development of humanity's understanding of mammalian relationships, and thus our own place in the Tree of Life.

The book also places the present biodiversity crisis in context, with one in four mammal species threatened by extinction, and reviews the distribution and conservation of mammalian diversity across the globe.

Zachos, F. (Ed.) & Asher, R. (Ed.) (2018). Mammalian Evolution, Diversity and Systematics. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. Retrieved 1 Nov. 2018, from