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A Brief History of South American Metatherians

Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals

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Part of the Springer Earth System Sciences book series (SPRINGEREARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 1-35
  3. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 37-75
  4. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 77-124
  5. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 125-154
  6. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 155-183
  7. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 185-208
  8. Francisco J. Goin, Michael O. Woodburne, Ana Natalia Zimicz, Gabriel M. Martin, Laura Chornogubsky
    Pages 209-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-237

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

South America Cenozoic Metatheria Evolution Paleobiology Paleogeography

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Museo de La PlataCONICET—División Paleontología Vertebrados La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Department of GeologyMuseum of Northern ArizonaFlagstaffUSA
  3. 3.Universidad Nacional de SaltaIBIGEO (CONICET)SaltaArgentina
  4. 4.Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan BoscoCIEMEP (CONICET) EsquelArgentina
  5. 5.Museo Argentino de Ciencias NaturalesCONICET—División Paleontología de VertebradosBuenos AiresArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Brief History of South American Metatherians
  • Book Subtitle Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals
  • Authors Francisco Goin
    Michael Woodburne
    Ana Natalia Zimicz
    Gabriel M. Martin
    Laura Chornogubsky
  • Series Title Springer Earth System Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Earth System Sciences
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-7420-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-7418-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7925-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-7420-8
  • Series ISSN 2197-9596
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-960X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 237
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biogeosciences
    Climate Change
    Effects of Radiation/Radiation Protection
    Biodiversity
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Reviews

“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)