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A Brief History of South American Metatherians

Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals

  • Francisco Goin
  • Michael Woodburne
  • Ana Natalia Zimicz
  • Gabriel M. Martin
  • Laura Chornogubsky

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

  • Francisco Goin
    • 1
  • Michael Woodburne
    • 2
  • Ana Natalia Zimicz
    • 3
  • Gabriel M. Martin
    • 4
  • Laura Chornogubsky
    • 5
  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

  • 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
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7418-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7420-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-9596
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-960X
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