“On the Prowl is a superb book, both enjoyable and instructive. I’m greatly impressed with the huge amount of data that Hallett and Harris have collected and presented in a most readable manner. The complex evolutionary history and relationships of the cats will keep researchers arguing for years.”
~George Schaller, senior conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society, and author ofThe Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations
We’re now a few days into the eightieth meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and we’re enjoying wealth of new discoveries and information its members are sharing. These findings reflect but a fraction of the life-forms that have existed in Earth’s past, and they remind us that in our own time we are fighting to preserve our planet’s marvelous diversity of animals and ecosystems. Among these are the iconic big cats—tigers, lions, snow leopards, and others—that helped to shape the human experience over thousands of years and are now threatened by extinction.
Mark Hallett and John M. Harris’s new book, On the Prowl: In Search of Big Cat Origins, recounts this ancient and fascinating relationship as well as the pantherin cats’ remarkable evolutionary journey through time. It documents the latest conservation efforts to protect wild cats, vividly describes new fossil discoveries, and discusses re-evaluations of earlier ideas and theories. Richly illustrated with art and photos and supplemented with an extensive glossary and appendices, On the Prowl is a unique and valuable reference for the libraries of specialists, nature readers, and cat lovers alike.