Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Methods in Paleoecology

Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities

Editors: Croft, Darin A., Su, Denise, Simpson, Scott W. (Eds.)

  • Examines the role of trace fossils, fossil leaves and paleosols in paleoclimate and paleoecological reconstruction 
  • Demonstrates special techniques such as geometric morphometrics, isotope analysis of biominerals, and analysis of dental tissue to understand past climate and environmental conditions
  • Reviews exhaustively the key recent research in organismal approaches used to reconstruct Cenozoic ecosystems
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About this book

This volume focuses on the reconstruction of past ecosystems and provides a comprehensive review of current techniques and their application in exemplar studies. The 18 chapters address a wide variety of topics that span vertebrate paleobiology and paleoecology (body mass, postcranial functional morphology, evolutionary dental morphology, microwear and mesowear, ecomorphology, mammal community structure analysis), contextual paleoenvironmental studies (paleosols and sedimentology, ichnofossils, pollen, phytoliths, plant macrofossils), and special techniques (bone microstructure, biomineral isotopes, inorganic isotopes, 3-D morphometrics, and ecometric modeling). A final chapter discusses how to integrate results of these studies with taphonomic data in order to more accurately characterize an ancient ecosystem.

Current investigators, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students interested in the field of paleoecology will find this book immensely useful. The length and structure of the volume also makes it suitable for teaching a college-level course on reconstructing Cenozoic ecosystems.

About the authors

Dr. Darin A. Croft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 
Dr. Scott Simpson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 
Dr. Denise F. Su is the Curator and Head of Paleobotany and Paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction to Paleoecological Reconstruction

    Croft, Darin A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Estimation of Body Size in Fossil Mammals

    Hopkins, Samantha S. B.

    Pages 7-22

  • Functional Morphology of the Postcranial Skeleton

    Dunn, Rachel H.

    Pages 23-36

  • Inferring Mammal Dietary Ecology from Dental Morphology

    Evans, Alistair R. (et al.)

    Pages 37-51

  • Using Dental Mesowear and Microwear for Dietary Inference: A Review of Current Techniques and Applications

    Green, Jeremy L. (et al.)

    Pages 53-73

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Methods in Paleoecology
Book Subtitle
Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities
Editors
  • Darin A. Croft
  • Denise Su
  • Scott W. Simpson
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94265-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94265-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94264-3
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 410
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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