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South American Mammal Molecular Systematics, Evolutionary Clocks, and Continental Drift

  • V. M. Sarich
  • J. E. Cronin
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)

Abstract

South America has been an island continent through much of the Tertiary, and the fossil record of many of its surviving mammalian lineages is poor. This state of affairs has made it difficult to develop a coherent picture of the origin, evolution, and systematics of the South American mammalian fauna. In such situations, comparative protein and nucleic studies are of particular utility. The available macromolecular data, though still rather meager, can tell us a great deal about the evolutionary origin and relationships of much of that fauna, and thus yield valuable insights into paleobiogeographical problems, along with testing existing hypotheses derived from paleontological and neontological studies.

Keywords

Fossil Record World Monkey Giant Panda Adaptive Radiation Late Eocene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Sarich
    • 1
  • J. E. Cronin
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Anthropology and BiochemistryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Anthropology and Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Peabody MuseumHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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