By Bruce D. Patterson

ISBN-10: 0226649210

ISBN-13: 9780226649214

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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Bones, Clones, and Biomes : The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals PDF

Best paleontology books

Fossil Legends of the First Americans by Adrienne Mayor PDF

This paintings exceeds expectation created by way of Mayor's prior excavation, "The First Fossil Hunters", which digs out the cast is still of myths of the Classical historical global. The study won't qualify as 'exhaustive'; yet, it really is definitely large, with shovels-full of formerly unpublished local American lore.

Download e-book for kindle: Evolutionary Paleoecology by Warren Allmon, David J. Bottjer

Some of the most very important questions we will ask approximately lifestyles is "Does ecology subject? " so much biologists and paleontologists are educated to reply to "yes," however the unique mechanisms during which ecology concerns within the context of styles that play out over thousands of years have by no means been solely transparent. This booklet examines those mechanisms and appears at how old environments affected evolution, targeting long term macroevolutionary alterations as obvious within the fossil list.

New PDF release: Plant-Arthropod Interactions in the Early Angiosperm

Paleontologists only recently opened their eyes at the wealth of fossil files suitable to plant - arthropod interplay and are busy now collecting uncooked facts within the first position. probably the richest neighborhood choice of interplay strains got here from the mid-Cretaceous deposits of the Negev wilderness, Israel, encompassing the time period of the increase and basal radiation of angiosperms - the flowering vegetation.

Get The Ecology of fossils : an illustrated guide PDF

Approximately 1,000 consultant species were pictured, every one in its neighborhood with convinced geological provenance; oftentimes an analogous or heavily related varieties should be present in so much components of the realm

Extra resources for Bones, Clones, and Biomes : The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals

Example text

A. Carlini, M. G. Vucetich, and R. F. Kay, 419 –35. New York: Cambridge University Press. Marshall, L. , R. Hoffstetter, and R. Pascual. 1983. “Mammals and Stratigraphy: Geochronology of the Continental Mammal-Bearing Tertiary of South America. Palaoevertebrata, Montpellier, Mémoire Extraordinaire 1983:1 –93. 45 46 Francisco J. Goin, Javier N. Gelfo, Laura Chornogubsky, Michael O. Woodburne, and Thomas Martin Marshall, L. , S. D. Webb, J. J. , and D. M. Raup. 1982. ” Science 215:1351 –57. , and O.

Rogers, S. D. Sampson, G. A. Buckley, and R. R. Rogers. 2006. ” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 93:178 –208. , G. Eagles, P. Morris, and A. Maldonado. 2004. ” Geology 32:797 –800. , F. Hilgen, N. J. Shackleton, J. Laskar, and D. Wilson. 2004. ” In A Geologic Time Scale, edited by F. Gradstein, J. Ogg, and A. Smith, 409 –40. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. -X. 2007. ” Nature 450:1011 –19. , Z. Kielan-Jaworowska, and R. L. Cifelli. 2002. ” Acta Paleontologica Polonica 47:1 –78. Luterbacher, H.

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.

Download PDF sample

Bones, Clones, and Biomes : The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals by Bruce D. Patterson


by Robert
4.2

Rated 4.68 of 5 – based on 22 votes