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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 is the fifth volume in the handbook mammals of the world series. The contents of this volume will include: Manatees; Dugong; Earless Seals; Eared Seals; Walrus; South Asian Rover Dolphins; Baiji; Beaked Whales; Amazon River Dolphins; Franciscana; Ocean Dolphins; Beluga and Narwhal; Porpoises; Sperm Whale; Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales; Right Whales; Pygmy Right Whales; Gray Whale and Rorquals