Bones, Clones, and Biomes : The History and Geography of by Bruce D. Patterson

By Bruce D. Patterson

As explorers and scientists have recognized for many years, the Neotropics harbor a lovely array of our planet’s mammalian variety, from capybaras and capuchins to maned wolves and mouse opossums to sloths and sakis. This organic bounty will be attributed partially to the impressive variety of Neotropical landscapes and climates and in part to a chain of continental connections that accredited intermittent faunal exchanges with Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and North the US. hence, to appreciate the improvement of recent Neotropical
mammal faunas calls for not just mastery of the Neotropics’ great range, but in addition wisdom of mammalian lineages and landscapes relationship again to the Mesozoic.

Bones, Clones, and Biomes bargains simply that—an exploration of the advance and relationships of the trendy mammal fauna via a chain of stories that surround the final a hundred million years and either valuable and South the US. This paintings serves as a supplement to extra taxonomically pushed works, delivering for readers the lengthy geologic and biogeographic contexts that undergird the abundance and variety of Neotropical mammals. instead of documenting variety or distribution, this assortment traverses the styles that the distributions and relationships throughout mammal species exhibit, bringing jointly for the 1st time geology, paleobiology, systematics, mammalogy, and biogeography. Of severe value is the book’s application for present conservation and administration courses, a part of a swiftly emerging conservation paleobiology initiative.

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The latter included southernmost South America and the Andean Range (the Andean Region), Antarctica (Antarctic Region), southernmost Africa (Cape or Afrotemperate Region), eastern and southern Australia (Australotemperate Region), New Zealand (Neozelandic Region), and New Guinea (Neoguinean Region). , central and southern Chile, the southern Andes, and Patagonia in Argentina). 1), he regarded the central and northern sections of the Andean Range as a transitional zone between the Neotropical and Andean regions.

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