The Latin American Studies Book Series

Pilauco: A Late Pleistocene Archaeo-paleontological Site

Osorno, Northwestern Patagonia and Chile

Editors: Pino, Mario, Astorga, Giselle A. (Eds.)

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  • Describes the unique characteristics of the Pilauco site by integrating various scientific areas 
  • Presents Pilauco as testing ground for many global hypotheses regarding migrations of animals and humans 
  • Summarizes a decade of accomplished research
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This volume combines 10 years of accomplished research at the Pilauco site. The studies are focused on a variety of scientific areas including geological, sedimentological, geomorphological and paleobotanical topics, as well as paleontology of vertebrata and invertebrata, micropaleontology, archaeology, biochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, astrophysics  and the development of some particular touristic aspects. In 18 chapters a variety of authors describe the excavation and investigation of this unique location.

The book presents Pilauco as an example for the natural laboratory which can be found in South America, a testing ground for many of the hypotheses regarding migrations of animals and humans. In this context the study of topics, such as the paleozoography, the role of megafauna species for the architecture of the forests, the animal extinctions or the early human settlements, is extremely important on a global scale.

The Pilauco site features paleontological and archaeological evidences and is contemporaneous with the Monte Verde site (~ 15,000 cal. yr AP). It is located 100 km north from Monte Verde and lies within the Intermediate Depression in northwestern Chilean Patagonia. It was discovered by chance in 1986 and has been excavated and investigated since 2007.

About the authors

Mario Pino was born in 1952. He studied geology at the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile, between 1970 and 1975. He joined the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) in 1977. He obtained Dr.rer. nat. Degree at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in 1987. He has been a Full Professor since 1997. His main research issue is geoarchaeology, and he has worked as a geologist in sites in Peru, Brazil and Chile, including Quereo, Monte Verde and Pilauco. He has held various academic management positions like Department Chairman and Dean of the Sciences Faculty. Since 2016 is a corresponding member in the Academy of Sciences of Chile He currently teaches General Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, Pleistocene, Holocene, Anthropocene? and Sedimentology.
Dr. Giselle Astorga is a keen palaeobotanist and scientific Chilean explorer. She did her honors thesis at Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) working with plant macrofossils from an Eemian interglacial deposit in south-central Chile. During her Ph.D. in Tasmania-Australia, Dr. Astorga developed a deep interest on studying plant macrofossils assemblages to assist Lateglacial - Holocene vegetation reconstructions in southern latitudes.  She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto Ciencias de la Tierra (UACh) working with leaf-cuticles to complement pollen investigations in southern Chile. Since 2016 she has been active research collaborator at Pilauco, guest lecturer of the Master of Palaeontology program at Universidad Austral de Chile and recently appointed accredited Associated Professor of the program.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Pilauco and Los Notros Sites Research: A Narration of Human and Scientific Events

    Pages 1-11

    Pino, Mario

  • From Gondwana to the Great American Biotic Interchange: The Birth of South American Fauna

    Pages 13-32

    Chávez Hoffmeister, Martín F.

  • Geology, Stratigraphy, and Chronology of the Pilauco Site

    Pages 33-53

    Pino, Mario (et al.)

  • The Proboscidean Gomphotheres (Mammalia, Gomphotheriidae) from Southernmost South America

    Pages 55-68

    Recabarren, Omar P.

  • The Camelids (Artiodactyla: Camelidae) and Equids (Perissodactyla: Equidae) from the Pilauco Site, Northwestern Chilean Patagonia

    Pages 69-94

    Labarca, Rafael

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23918-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23917-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pilauco: A Late Pleistocene Archaeo-paleontological Site
Book Subtitle
Osorno, Northwestern Patagonia and Chile
Editors
  • Mario Pino
  • Giselle A. Astorga
Series Title
The Latin American Studies Book Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23918-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23918-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23917-6
Series ISSN
2366-3421
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 343
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations, 138 illustrations in colour
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