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Provides information about the evolution of carnivorous mammals in the Cenozoic of South America
Brings together different aspects of the evolution of carnivorous mammals in South America and the relationship with physical factors (paleoenvironment, climate, tectonics) and biotic interactions
Covers both living and extinct species of South American mammalian carnivores
Includes illustrations of the most important and outstanding fossils from South America, live reconstructions, maps of distribution, paleogeographic sceneries and others
This book summarizes the evolution of carnivorous mammals in the Cenozoic of South America. It presents paleontological information on the two main mammalian carnivorous groups in South America; Metatheria and Eutheria. The topics include the origin, systematics, phylogeny, paleoecology and evolution of the Sparassodonta and Carnivora. The book is based on a wide variety of published sources from the last few decades.
Introduction.- Paleoenvironment and Paleobiogeography.- Sparassodonta.- Carnivora.- Fossil Record of Mammalian Carnivores in South America: Bias and Limitations.- The Transition from Faunas of Metatherian Carnivores to Faunas with Placental Carnivores: Ecological Competence or Replacement?.- Evolution of the South American Mammalian Carnivores during the Cenozoic and the Biological Context.