Synopses & Reviews
Distant and exotic, Patagonia has been one of the most attractive places for explorers and paleontologists. The amazing diversity of its fauna and flora, the richness of its fossil record, and the variety of its paleoenvironments, all contribute to making Patagonia the focal point for the study of the history of life on Earth. Patagonian Mesozoic Reptiles gathers in a single volume--and for the first time--our current knowledge about the evolution of the region and its reptiles. Each contribution amply demonstrates that Patagonia during the Mesozoic provides a distinct perspective on the evolution of life during a key chapter in the geological history of this region.
"Field work in the past two decades has made Patagonia one of the world's hotspots for dinosaurian diversity. No onenot even von Huene, could have dreamed of the kinds of things that would be found down there" --and by all indications, will continue to be found." Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley Indiana University Press
"This peer-reviewed compilation of papers is intended to represent the current body of knowledge of reptilian paleontology from the southernmost portion of South America.... The writing is consistently well edited, and there is little variability in quality between the chapters.... Recommended." --Choice Indiana University Press
"... an essential, up--t" --date collection for any dinosaur buff." New Scientist Indiana University Press
"... this edited volume provides an excellent overview of the current state of the art as it concerns Mesozoic Patagonian reptiles, and will remain an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Mesozoic reptiles, or vertebrate paleontology in general, for years to come." --Oliver Rieppel, Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY, Vol. 84, March 2009
The first survey in English of the spectacular dinosaur and other reptile fauna from the Patagonian Mesozoic
About the Author
Zulma Gasparini is a researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and professor at the University of La Plata. She is a specialist in Mesozoic marine herpectofaunas.
Rodolfo A. Coria is a researcher at CONICET and director of the Museum "Carmen Funes" in Plaza Huincul (Neuquén, Argentina). An authority on Patagonian dinosaurs, he has co-authored works on dinosaur systematics, paleobiology, and taphonomy.
Leonardo Salgado is a researcher at CONICET and the University of El Comahue (Neuquén, Argentina) and has directed many expeditions to the Neuquén and Río Negro Provinces looking for dinosaur bones and eggs.
Table of Contents
1. Patagonia and the Study of Its Mesozoic Reptiles: A Brief History Leonardo Salgado
2. Mesozoic Paleogeography and Paleoenvironmental Evolution of Patagonia (Southern South America) Luis A. Spalletti and Juan Franzese
3. Testudines Marcelo S. de la Fuente
4. Lepidosauromorpha Adriana Albino
5. Crocodyliformes Diego Pol and Zulma Gasparini
6. Pterosauria Laura Codorniú and Zulma Gasparini
7. Ornithischia Rodolfo A. Coria and Andrea V. Cambiaso
8. Sauropodomorpha Leonardo Salgado and José F. Bonaparte
9. Nonavian Theropods Rodolfo A. Coria
10. Aves Luis M. Chiappe
11. Ichthyosauria Marta Fernández
12. Plesiosauria Zulma Gasparini
13. Ichnology Jorge O. Calvo
14. Reptilian Faunal Succession in the Mesozoic of Patagonia: An Updated Overview Zulma Gasparini, Rodolfo A. Coria, and Leonardo Salgado
Appendix: Taxonomic Index