Springer Earth System Sciences

A Brief History of South American Metatherians

Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals

Authors: Goin, F.J., Woodburne, M.O., Zimicz, A.N., Martin, G.M., Chornogubsky, L.

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  • Addresses the biotic and abiotic factors that provide a context for metatherian evolution in South America throughout the Cenozoic Era
  • Discusses the physiological constraints of living marsupials and their implications for the evolution of extinct metatherians
  • Summarizes the paleogeographical context in which dispersal events transpired throughout the Americas, Antarctica, and Australasia
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This book summarizes major aspects of the evolution of South American metatherians, including their epistemologic, phylogenetic, biogeographic, faunal, tectonic, paleoclimatic, and metabolic contexts. A brief overview of the evolution of each major South American lineage ("Ameridelphia", Sparassodonta, Didelphimorphia, Paucituberculata, Microbiotheria, and Polydolopimorphia) is provided. It is argued that due to physiological constraints, metatherian evolution closely followed the conditions imposed by global temperatures. In general terms, during the Paleocene and the early Eocene multiple radiations of metatherian lineages occurred, with many adaptive types exploiting insectivorous, frugivorous, and omnivorous adaptive zones. In turn, a mixture of generalized and specialized types, the latter mainly exploiting carnivorous and granivorous-folivorous adaptive zones, characterized the second half of the Cenozoic. In both periods, climate was the critical driver of their radiation and turnovers.

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“The book is divided into seven chapters, starting with an introduction that includes a history of research conducted on these animals and finishing with a summary chapter focusing on milestones in the evolutionary history of this group. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals in paleontology and zoology.” (E. J. Sargis, Choice, Vol. 53 (9), May, 2016)


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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Brief History of South American Metatherians
Book Subtitle
Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals
Authors
Series Title
Springer Earth System Sciences
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7420-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7420-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7418-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7925-8
Series ISSN
2197-9596
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 237
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