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

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  • 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

Series: SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences

By: Francisco Juan Prevosti(Author), Analia M Forasiepi(Author)

400 pages, 7 colour & 39 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Oct 2017 | #221028 | ISBN-13: 9783319037004
Available for pre-order: Due Oct 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £44.99 $58/€49 approx

About this book

Evolution of South American Mammalian Carnivores During the Cenozoic 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.


- 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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