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Bones, Clones, and Biomes

Edited by Bruce D. Patterson and Leonora P. Costa

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780226649191
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226649214 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226649214.001.0001
Bones, Clones, and Biomes

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As explorers and scientists have known for decades, the Neotropics harbor a fantastic array of our planet's mammalian diversity, from capybaras and capuchins to maned wolves and mouse opossums to sloths and sakis. This biological bounty can be attributed partly to the striking diversity of Neotropical landscapes and climates and partly to a series of continental connections that permitted intermittent faunal exchanges with Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and North America. Thus, to comprehend the development of modern Neotropical mammal faunas requires not only mastery of the Neotropics' substantial diversity, but also knowledge of mammalian lineages and landscapes dating back to the Mesozoic. This book offers an exploration of the development and relationships of the modern mammal fauna through a series of studies that encompass the last 100 million years and both Central and South America. This work serves as a complement to more taxonomically driven works, providing for readers the long geologic and biogeographic contexts that undergird the abundance and diversity of Neotropical mammals. Rather than documenting diversity or distribution, this collection traverses the patterns that the distributions and relationships across mammal species convey, bringing together geology, paleobiology, systematics, mammalogy, and biogeography.

Keywords: Neotropics; neotropical landscapes; mammal faunas; Central America; South America; biogeography; paleobiology

Book.  425 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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Punctuated Isolation in Bones, Clones, and Biomes

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Cenozoic Andean Faunas in Bones, Clones, and Biomes

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West Indian Mammals in Bones, Clones, and Biomes

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