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By Bruce D. Patterson

As explorers and scientists have recognized for many years, the Neotropics harbor an exquisite array of our planet’s mammalian range, from capybaras and capuchins to maned wolves and mouse opossums to sloths and sakis. This organic bounty might be attributed in part to the notable range of Neotropical landscapes and climates and partially to a sequence of continental connections that accredited intermittent faunal exchanges with Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and North the USA. therefore, to realize the improvement of recent Neotropical
mammal faunas calls for not just mastery of the Neotropics’ monstrous variety, but in addition wisdom of mammalian lineages and landscapes courting again to the Mesozoic.

Bones, Clones, and Biomes bargains simply that—an exploration of the advance and relationships of the trendy mammal fauna via a chain of reports that surround the final a hundred million years and either significant and South the USA. This paintings serves as a supplement to extra taxonomically pushed works, offering for readers the lengthy geologic and biogeographic contexts that undergird the abundance and variety of Neotropical mammals. instead of documenting variety or distribution, this assortment traverses the styles that the distributions and relationships throughout mammal species show, bringing jointly for the 1st time geology, paleobiology, systematics, mammalogy, and biogeography. Of serious significance is the book’s application for present conservation and administration courses, a part of a speedily emerging conservation paleobiology initiative.

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