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Hominoid Evolution and Climatic Change in Europe, Volume 1: The Evolution of Neogene Terrestrial Ecosystems in Europe

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Series: Hominoid Evolution and Climatic Change in Europe Volume: 1

By: Jordi Agustí(Editor), Lorenzo Rook(Editor), Peter Andrews(Editor)

512 pages, 10 b/w photos, 77 b/w illustrations, 38 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 1999 | #97538 | ISBN: 0521640970
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Europe has changed greatly in terms of climate and environment in the past 20 million years. Once, there were sub-tropical forests, but by the end of the Miocene, 5 million years ago, these had all gone. This unique book provides evidence for the past climatic history of Europe and the Mediterranean in relation to hominoid evolution. Many different lines of evidence are brought together including studies specifically on past climates and the application of climate modelling, the reconstruction of past geographical events, and the effects they had on European environments and the plants and animals living in them. Together, they form a coherent and consistent image of environmental and climatic change in Europe from 18 to 1.6 million years ago, for all those interested in mammalian and human evolution.

"[...] an important reference for vertebrate palaeontologists, with its updated reviews of classical European fauna sites."
- Svend Funder, Journal of Quaternary Science


1. Introduction J. Agusti, L. Rook and P. Andrews

Part I. Palaeogeography of the Circum-Mediterranean Region
2. Mediterranean and Paratethys palaeogeography during Oligocene and Miocene Fred Rogl
3. Pliocene tephra correlations between East African hominid localities, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea Peter B. deMenocal and Francis H. Brown
4. Climatic perspectives for neogene environmental reconstructions Eileen M. O'Brien and Charles R. Peters

Part II. Miocene Mammalian Successions
5. A critical re-evaluation of the Miocene mammals units in western Europe: dispersal events and the problems of correlation J. Agusti, L. Cabrera and M. Garces
6. Large mammals from the Vallesian of Spain Jorge Morales, Manuel Nieto, Meike Kholer and Salvador Moya-Sola
7. Trends in rodent assemblages from the Aragonian (Early-Middle Miocene) of the Calatayud-Daroca basin, Aragon, Spain R. Daams, A. J. van der Meulen, P. Pelaez-Campomanes and M. A. Alvarez-Sierra
8. The Late Miocene small mammal succession from France, with emphasis on the Rhone Valley localities Pierre Mein
9. Late Miocene mammals from central Europe Jens Lorenz Franzen and Gerharrd Storch
10. An overview on the Italian Miocene land mammal faunas Lorenzo Rook, Laura Abbazzi and Burkhart Engesser
11. The Miocene large mammal succession in Greece Louis de Bonis and George D. Koufos
12. Chronology and mammal faunas of the Miocene Sinap formation, Turkey Juha Pekka Lunkka, Mikael Fortelius, John Kappelman and Sevket Sen
13. The Late Miocene small mammal succession in Ukraine Valentin A. Nesin and Vadim A. Topachevsky

Part III. Palaeoenvironments: Non-Mammalian Evidence
14. Marine invertebrate (chiefly foraminiferal) evidence for the palaeogeography of the Oligocene-Miocene of western Eurasia, and consequences for terrestrial vertebrate migration Robert Wynn Jones
15. Palaeoclimatic implications of the energy hypothesis from Neogene corals of the Mediterranean region Brian R. Rosen
16. Contribution to the knowledge of Neogene climatic changes in western and central Europe by means of non-marine molluscs Daniela Esu
17. Sedimentary facies analysis in palaeoclimatic reconstructions. Examples from the Upper Miocene-Pliocene successions of south-central Tuscany (Italy) Marco Benvenuti, Mauro Papini and Giovanni Testa
18. Neogene vegetation changes in western European and west circum-Mediterranean areas Jean-Pierre Suc, Severine Fauquette, Mostefa Bessegik, Adele Bertini, Zhuo Zheng, Georges Clauzon, Danica Suballyova, Fiomena Diniz, Pierre Quezel, Najat Feddi, Martine Clet, Ezzedine Bessais, Naima Bachiri Taoufiq, Henriette Meon and Nathalie Combourieu-Nebout

Part IV. Palaeoenvironments: Mammalian Evidence
19. Shrews (Mammalia, Insectivora, Soricidae) as palaeoclimatic indicators in the European Neogene Jelle W.F. Reumer
20. Mammal turnover and global climate change in the Late Micoene terrestrial record of the Valles- Penedes basin (NE Spain) Jorge Agusti , Lluis Cabrera, Miguel Garces and Manel Llenas
21. Palaeoenvironments of Late Miocene primate localites in Macedonia, Greece L. de Bonis, G. Bouvrain and G. D. Koufos
22. The paleoecology of the Pikermian biome and the savanna myth Nikos Solounias, J. Michael Plavcan, Jay Quade and Lawrence Witmer
23. Vicariance biogeography and paleoecology of Eurasian Miocine hominoid primates Peter Andrews and Raymond L. Bernor
24. Conclusion J. Agusti, L. Rook and P. Andrews

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