The Latin American Studies Book Series

Fossil Horses of South America

Phylogeny, Systemics and Ecology

Authors: Prado, José Luis, Alberdi, María Teresa

  • Is a fascinating book about the development and extinction of horses in America
  • Written by two very prestigious mammal paleontologists
  • Researches the origins of horses in America and their extinction in Late Glacial times
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This book provides an update on the phylogeny, systematics and ecology of horses in South America based on data provided over the past three decades. The contemporary South American mammalian communities were shaped by the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama and by the profound climatic oscillations during the Pleistocene. Horses were a conspicuous group of immigrant mammals from North America that arrived in South America during the Pleistocene. This group is represented by 2 genera, Hippidion and Equus, which include small species (Hippidion devillei, H. saldiasi, E. andium and E. insulatus) and large forms (Equus neogeus and H. principale). Both groups arrived in South America via 2 different routes. One model designed to explain this migration indicates that the small forms used the Andes corridor, while larger horses used the eastern route and arrived through some coastal areas. Molecular dating (ancient DNA) suggests that the South American horses separated from the North American taxa (caballines and the New World stilt-legged horse) after 3.6 - 3.2 Ma, consistent with the final formation of the Panamanian Isthmus. Recent studies of stable isotopes in these horses indicate an extensive range of 13C values cover closed woodlands to C4 grasslands. This plasticity agrees with the hypothesis that generalist species and open biome specialist species from North America indicate a positive migration through South America.

About the authors

Professor Prado is internationally known for his contributions to the study of fossil horses and paleobiology in South America. He has published over 140 articles in leading international journals, including Nature, Science, PNAS, BMC ecology and Evolutionary Ecology. Prof. Prado. He has also extensive experience managing large research grants. He is frequently invited to present his research at international conferences. His research has made substantial contributions to our understanding of horse evolution, particularly in relation to diversification and extinction processes. 

Dr. Alberdi is an internationally respected paleontologist who has extensive experience in South America. She currently works at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC) in Spain, where she was a Vice-Director and also head of the Paleontology department. She is active at the Natural Resources Scientific Committee and is a reviewer for a number of leading paleontology and vertebrates journals. 


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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55877-6
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55876-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fossil Horses of South America
Book Subtitle
Phylogeny, Systemics and Ecology
Authors
Series Title
The Latin American Studies Book Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55877-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55877-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55876-9
Series ISSN
2366-3421
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 150
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
Topics