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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geology | Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles

Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles

de la Fuente, Marcelo, Sterli, Juliana, Maniel, Ignacio

2014, XI, 168 p. 46 illus.

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  • Fast access to relevant information about extant and extinct species of South American turtles
  • Distribution maps of extant and extinct species of South American turtle species
  • Life reconstruction of peculiar extinct South American species

The extended continental South American turtle record (Norian to Lujanian) allows us to follow the evolution of this reptile clade from its origins. Several significant stem turtle taxa such as: Palaeochersis talampayensis and Condorchelys antiqua provide information on the first steps of turtle evolution. Others such as: Chubutemys copelloi or Patagoniaemys gasparinae provide clues to the origin of the bizarre horned tortoises of the clade Meiolaniidae. The panpleurodiran species such as Notoemys laticentralis or Notoemys zapatocaensis shed light on the origin of modern pleurodiran turtles.  This book explores aquatic and terrestrial cryptodiran turtles, South Gondwana pleurodiran turtles, North Gondwana pleurodiran turtles; Meiolaniforms and early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cenozoic Turtles - Jurassic and Early Cretaceous Turtles - Meiolannidae - Mesozoic - Paleobiogeography - Phylogeny - South American Turtles - Testudinata

Related subjects » Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Aquatic cryptodiran turtles: the most recent island hoppers.- Tortoises: the oldest island hoppers.- South Gondwanan pleurodiran turtles.- North Gondwanan Pleurodiran Turtles.-  Meiolaniforms: an extinct lineage of turtles of Gondwanan origin.- Early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles.

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