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Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America (Life of the Past)

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More than 10,000 years ago spectacularly large mammals roamed the pampas and jungles of South America. This book tells the story of these great beasts during and just after the Pleistocene, the geological epoch marked by the great ice ages. Megafauna describes the history and way of life of these animals, their comings and goings, and what befell them at the beginning of the modern era and the arrival of humans. It places these giants within the context of the other mammals then alive, describing their paleobiology--how they walked; how much they weighed; their diets, behavior, biomechanics; and the interactions among them and with their environment. It also tells the stories of the scientists who contributed to our discovery and knowledge of these transcendent creatures and the environment they inhabited. The episode known as the Great American Biotic Interchange, perhaps the most important of all natural history "experiments," is also an important theme of the book, tracing the biotic events of both North and South America that led to the fauna and the ecosystems discussed in this book.

About the Author

Richard A.Fariña is Professor of Paleontology at the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. He has also published science books for a general readership and collaborated in TV documentaries on the subjects of his expertise.

Sergio F. Vizcaíno is Professor of Vertebrate Zoology at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas working at the Museo de La Plata, Argentina. His research focuses on the paleobiology of South American fossil vertebrates, mostly mammals. He has participated in numerous field work seasons in Argentina and Antarctica. He was the President of the Asociación Paleontologica Argentina.

Gerry De Iuliis is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Prologue

1. Paleontology and Science: What is Science?

2. Distinguished Paleomammalogists

3. Geologic and Ecological History of South America During the Cenozoic Era

4. North American Late Cenozoic Faunas

5. The Great American Biotic Interchange and Pleistocene Habitats in South America

6. Bestiary

7. Physics of the Giants

8. General Paleoecology

9. Extinction

Appendix 1: A Primer on Skeletal Anatomy

Appendix 2: Skeletal Anatomy of Xenarthrans

Appendix 3: Equations Used to Estimate Body Masses Based on Dental and Skeletal Measurements and Their Respective Sources.

Appendix 4: Calculations

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253002303
Subtitle:
Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America
Author:
Farina, Richard A.
Author:
Gerry De Iuliis
Author:
Vizcaino, Sergio F.
Author:
Deiuliis, Gerry
Author:
Tambusso, Sebastian
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Science Reference-Dinosaurs
Subject:
Dinosaurs
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Evolution; Natura
Subject:
l History; Paleontology; Science
Subject:
Evolution; Natural History; Paleontology; Science
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Life of the Past
Publication Date:
20130522
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 color illus., 237 bandw illus.
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
11.25 x 8.74 x 1.32 in

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