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Introduction

  • Marcelo Reguero
  • Francisco Goin
  • Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche
  • Sergio Marenssi
  • Tania Dutra
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)

Abstract

One of the most intriguing paleobiogeographical phenomena related to the final stage of Gondwanan breakup is the close similarities and, in most cases, inferred sister-group relationships, of a number of terrestrial and marine/coastal vertebrate taxa recovered from Paleogene deposits of West Antarctica with those from other continents (South America, Australia). These continents are today separated by large and deep ocean floors, which was not the case in the geological past. However, the inferred timing of continental separation does not always match with the inferred time of vertebrate dispersals.

Keywords

Antarctic Peninsula Land Bridge Fildes Peninsula Transitional Environment Paleogene Deposit 
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Abbreviations

ACC

Antarctic Circumpolar Current

EOB

Eocene–Oligocene boundary

IB/P/B

Institute of Biology, University of Białystok, Poland

Ma

Megannum

MLP

Vertebrate Paleontology collections, Museo de la Plata (UNLP), Argentina

Nd

Neodynium

SALMA

South American Land-Mammal Age

SAM

South America

SANU

South American native ungulates

SEM

Scanning electron micrograph

St

Strontium

WANT

West Antarctica

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Reguero
    • 1
  • Francisco Goin
    • 1
  • Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche
    • 1
  • Sergio Marenssi
    • 2
  • Tania Dutra
    • 3
  1. 1.División Paleontología de VertebradosMuseo de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto Antártico ArgentinoBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.SINOS—UNISINOSUniversidade do Vale do Rio dosSao LeopoldoBrazil

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