By Bruce D. Patterson
As explorers and scientists have identified for many years, the Neotropics harbor a good looking array of our planet’s mammalian range, from capybaras and capuchins to maned wolves and mouse opossums to sloths and sakis. This organic bounty will be attributed in part to the remarkable range of Neotropical landscapes and climates and partially to a chain of continental connections that approved intermittent faunal exchanges with Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and North the US. hence, to understand the advance of recent Neotropical
mammal faunas calls for not just mastery of the Neotropics’ great variety, but in addition wisdom of mammalian lineages and landscapes relationship again to the Mesozoic.
Bones, Clones, and Biomes deals simply that—an exploration of the improvement and relationships of the fashionable mammal fauna via a sequence of reports that surround the final a hundred million years and either principal and South the USA. This paintings serves as a supplement to extra taxonomically pushed works, supplying for readers the lengthy geologic and biogeographic contexts that undergird the abundance and variety of Neotropical mammals. instead of documenting variety or distribution, this assortment traverses the styles that the distributions and relationships throughout mammal species exhibit, bringing jointly for the 1st time geology, paleobiology, systematics, mammalogy, and biogeography. Of severe significance is the book’s software for present conservation and administration courses, a part of a speedily emerging conservation paleobiology initiative.
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Transition zones . . are located at the boundaries between biogeographic regions . . and represent areas of mixture of different biotic elements” (Morrone 2006, 469; fig. 1C). The recognition of the dual nature of South America’s historical biogeography offers a new insight to the understanding of mammalian evolution in this continent, especially its earlier phases. The general tendency to extrapolate results to a continental scale, based on empirical evidence coming from Patagonia, may prove to be largely inadequate.
Bones, Clones, and Biomes : The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals by Bruce D. Patterson