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Evolution of South American Mammalian Carnivores during the Cenozoic: Paleobiogeographic and Paleoenvironmental Contingencies

Prevosti, Francisco J., Forasiepi, Analia M.

2016, 400 p. 46 illus., 7 illus. in color.

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  • About this book

  • 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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Diversity - Evolution - Paleoecology - Paleontology - Systematics

Related subjects » Ecology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

Table of contents 

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.

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