South American Mammals in the Paleocene of North America

  • Philip D. Gingerich
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 4)


Each of the major continents has given rise to a distinctive radiation of mammals at some point in its geological history. Faunal differences between continents generally reflect the chance composition of initial founding faunas, with subsequent endemic adaptation and coevolution constrained by the unique geological and environmental history of each continent. Faunal differences between continents also reflect, to some extent, fortuitous geographical relationships controlling opportunities for intercontinental faunal dispersal.


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  • Philip D. Gingerich
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  1. 1.Museum of PaleontologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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