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CENOZOIC MAMMALS AND THEIR EVOLUTIONARY CONTEXT
Título:
CENOZOIC MAMMALS AND THEIR EVOLUTIONARY CONTEXT
Subtítulo:
Autor:
LOIC COSTEUR OLIVIER MARIDET GILDAS MERCERON
Editorial:
ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Año de edición:
2017
Materia
PALEONTOLOGÍA
ISBN:
978-1-78548-140-6
Páginas:
180
Tamaño:
152 x 229
Disponibilidad:
Disponible
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Sinopsis

Cenozoic Mammals and Their Evolutionary Context explores 65 million years of evolutionary history within the class of Mammalia, investigating the reasons behind the success of this group of animals. Their physiology, life history traits and adaptability led them to become one of the major components of the world’s terrestrial ecosystems. The authors describe how biogeographic, climatic and environmental events played a crucial role in shaping terrestrial mammalian faunas, highlighting some of the major evolutionary radiations and adaptations that led mammals to colonize all environments, including the marine realm and the air.

This book is a high level scientific description of mammalian morphological adaptations, such asosteology and morphofunction, which made them successful in various environments and through 65 million years of changing climates. The book proposes a scientific review of the major advances in our understanding of how present mammalian diversity and biogeography have been shaped in the previous two decades.

Key Features

Reviews all major adaptive radiations such as swimming, flying-gliding, arboreal and fossorial behaviors and diets
Describes how mammals can be used to reconstruct past climates and past terrestrial environments through original quantitative and qualitative methods
Investigates the roots of today’s mammalian diversity and biogeography
Focuses on the last 25 million years, which saw a dramatic change to modern groups still existing today

Readership

Bachelors, Masters and PhD students in palaeontology, evolutionary biology, ecology, geology, and more broadly earth sciences. Broader public interested in evolution and the history of animals through time

Índice

1. Introduction
2. Major Steps in Evolutionary History
3. Local Events with Global Impacts
4. Evolutionary History and Specific Morphological Adaptations
5. Reconstructing Climates and Palaeoenvironments
6. Remarkable Fossil Faunas, Windows in History
7. Concluding Remarks