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|Authors||Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier|
|Format||31 x 24 cm|
|Pictures||richly illustrated, full color|
|Year of publication||2015|
Platypus, Echidnas, Opossums, Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, and Wombats – Monotremes and marsupials include a host of animals that have intrigued mammal fanciers for centuries. Monotremes are a very distinctive ancient group of mammals with only a handful of extant species in Australia and New Guinea and marsupials, with roots in South America, likely reached Australia via Antarctica some 50 million years ago. With relatives remaining in America, Marsupials have adapted to an amazing diversity of lifestyles and habitats. Volume 5 of HMW provides complete coverage of these two important groups of mammals. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs showing different behaviors of all of them, the text contains the latest up-to-date information on all families of Monotremes and Marsupials, both Australasian and American.
This volume also includes a Special Chapter on Extinct Marsupials and Monotremes, by Kristofer Helgen and Elizabeth Veatch.
|Families covered in this volume are:|
|Family Tachyglossidae (Echidnas)||Stewart Nicol|
|Family Ornithorhynchidae (Platypus)||Tom Grant|
|Family Didelphidae (Opossums)||Diego Astúa|
|Family Caenolestidae (Shrew-Opossums)||Bruce Patterson|
|Family Microbiotheriidae (Monito del Monte)||Eduardo Palma & Alejandro Valladares-Gómez|
|Family Notoryctidae (Marsupial Moles)||Ken Aplin|
|Family Myrmecobiidae (Numbat)||Tony Friend|
|Family Dasyuridae (Carnivorous Marsupials)||Andrew Baker|
|Family Thylacomyidae (Greater Bilby)||Rick Southgate|
|Family Peramelidae (Bandicoots and Echymiperas)||Christopher Dickman|
|Family Phascolarctidae (Koala)||Stephen Jackson|
|Family Vombatidae (Wombats)||Rod Wells|
|Family Burramyidae (Pygmy Possums)||Stephen Jackson|
|Family Phalangeridae (Cuscuses, Brush-tailed Possums and Scaly-tailed Possum)||Kristofer Helgen & Stephen Jackson|
|Family Pseudocheiridae (Ring-tailed Possums and Greater Gliders)||Stephen Jackson|
|Family Petauridae (Striped Possums, Leadbeater's Possum and Lesser Gliders)||Stephen Jackson|
|Family Tarsipedidae (Honey Possum)||Ronald Wooller|
|Family Acrobatidae (Feather-tailed Gliders and Feather-tailed Possum)||Ken Aplin|
|Family Hypsiprymnodontidae (Musky Rat Kangaroo)||Andrew Dennis|
|Family Potoroidae (Bettongs and Potoroos)||Mark Eldridge & Greta Frankham|
|Family Macropodidae (Kangaroos and Wallabies)||Mark Eldridge & Graeme Coulson|
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