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Horned armadillos and rafting monkeys : the fascinating fossil mammals of South America

Author: Darin A Croft; Velizar Simeonovski
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]
Series: Life of the past.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"South America is home to some of the most distinctive mammals on Earth--giant armadillos, tiny anteaters, the world's largest rodent, and its smallest deer. But the continent once supported a variety of other equally intriguing mammals that have no close living relatives: armored mammals with tail clubs, saber-toothed marsupials, and even a swimming sloth. We know of the existence of these peculiar species thanks  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darin A Croft; Velizar Simeonovski
ISBN: 9780253020840 0253020840
OCLC Number: 935985143
Awards: Winner of Gold Medal, Science, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Description: xii, 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm.
Contents: 1. Time and geography --
2. Introduction to mammals --
pt. I. Early South American Phase and Trans-Atlantic Dispersal Interval (TADI) : 3. Tiupampa, Bolivia ; 4. Itaboraí, Brazil ; 5. Gran Barranca, Argentina ; 6. La Gran Hondonada, Argentina --
pt. II. Late South American Phase : 7. Tinguiririca, Chile ; 8. Salla, Bolivia ; 9. Chucal, Chile ; 10. Santa Cruz, Argentina ; 11. La Venta, Colombia ; 12. Quebrada Honda, Bolivia ; 13. Arroyo Chasicó, Argentina --
pt. III. The Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) and the Interamerican Phase : 14. Acre, Brazil ; 15. Catamarca, Argentina ; 16. Chapadmalal, Argentina ; 17. Tarija, Bolivia.
Series Title: Life of the past.
Responsibility: Darin A. Croft ; illustrated by Velizar Simeonovski.

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"South America is home to some of the most distinctive mammals on Earth--giant armadillos, tiny anteaters, the world's largest rodent, and its smallest deer. But the continent once supported a variety of other equally intriguing mammals that have no close living relatives: armored mammals with tail clubs, saber-toothed marsupials, and even a swimming sloth. We know of the existence of these peculiar species thanks to South America's rich fossil record, which provides many glimpses of prehistoric mammals and the ecosystems in which they lived. Organized as a 'walk through time' and featuring species from 15 important fossil sites, this book is the most extensive and richly illustrated volume devoted exclusively to the Cenozoic mammals of South America. The text is supported by 75 life reconstructions of extinct species in their native habitats, as well as photographs of fossil specimens and the sites highlighted in the book. An annotated bibliography is included for those interested in delving into the scientific literature."--Publisher information.

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An expert in fossil mammals from South America, this is Croft's magnum opus on his life's passion. * Twilight Beasts * This handsome book, written by a leading expert in South American paleontology, Read more...

 
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