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Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

Edited by Lars Werdelin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257214
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257214.001.0001
Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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This volume is a comprehensive review of the African mammalian fossil record over the past 65 million years. The book includes current taxonomic and systematic revisions of all African mammal taxa, detailed compilations of fossil site occurrences, and a wealth of information regarding paleobiology, phylogeny, and biogeography. Primates, including hominins, are particularly well covered. The discussion addresses the systematics of endemic African mammals, factors relating to species richness, and a summary of isotopic information. The work also provides contextual information about Cenozoic African tectonics, chronostratigraphy of sites, paleobotany, and global and regional climate change. Updating our understanding of this important material with the wealth of research from the past three decades, this volume is an essential resource for anyone interested in the evolutionary history of Africa and the diversification of its mammals.

Keywords: Africa; mammalian taxa; fossil record; paleobiology; phylogeny; biogeography; primates; systematics; species richness; Cenozoic African tectonics

Book.  1008 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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Marsupialia in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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Ptolemaiida in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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Macroscelidea in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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Tenrecoidea in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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Tubulidentata in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

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