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Eocene-Oligocene Climatic and Biotic Evolution
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The transition from the Eocene to the Oligocene epochs was the most significant event in earth history since the extinction of dinosaurs. As the first Antarctic ice sheets appeared, major extinctions and faunal turnovers took place on the land and in the sea, eliminating forms adapted to a tropical world and replacing them with the ancestors of most of our modern animal and plant life. Through a detailed study of climatic conditions and of organisms buried in Eocene-Oligocene sediments, this volume shows that the separation of Antarctica from Australia was a critical factor in changing oceanic circulation and ultimately world climate. In this book forty-eight leading scientists examine the full range of Eocene and Oligocene phenomena. Their articles cover nearly every major group of organisms in the ocean and on land and include evidence from paleontology, stable isotopes, sedimentology, seismology, and computer climatic modeling. The volume concludes with an update of the geochronologic framework of the late Paleogene.

Originally published in 1992.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Eocene-Oligocene Climatic and Biotic Evolution: An Overview
  2. William A. Berggren, Donald R. Prothero
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I: The Chronological Framework
  2. p. 29
  1. 1. Toward a Revised Paleogene Geochronology
  2. William A. Berggren, Dennis V. Kent, John D. Obradovich, Carl C. SuHsher III
  3. pp. 29-45
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  1. 2. Magnetostratigraphy and Geochronology of the Terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene Transition in North America
  2. Donald R. Prothero, Carl C. Swisher III
  3. pp. 46-73
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  1. 3. Magnetostratigraphy of the Lower and Middle Members of the Devil's Graveyard Formation (Middle Eocene), Trans-Pecos Texas
  2. Anne H. Walton
  3. pp. 74-87
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  1. 4. Redefinition of the Duchesnean Land Mammal "Age," Late Eocene of Western North America
  2. Spencer G. Lucas
  3. pp. 88-105
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  1. 5. Mammalian Range Zones in the Chadronian White River Formation at Flagstaff Rim, Wyoming
  2. Robert J. Emry
  3. pp. 106-115
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  1. 6. Eocene-Oligocene Climatic Change in North America: The White River Formation near Douglas, East-Central Wyoming
  2. Emmett Evanoff, Donald R. Prothero, Robert H. Lander
  3. pp. 116-130
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  1. Part II: Climatic Events
  2. p. 131
  1. 7. Evidence from the Antarctic Continental Margin of Late Paleogene Ice Sheets: A Manifestation of Plate Reorganization and Synchronous Changes in Atmospheric Circulation over the Emerging Southern Ocean?
  2. Louis R. Bartek, Lisa Cirbus Sloan, John B. Anderson, Malcolm I. Ross
  3. pp. 131-159
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  1. 8. Middle Eocene to Oligocene Stable Isotopes, Climate, and Deep-Water History: The Terminal Eocene Event?
  2. Kenneth G. Miller
  3. pp. 160-177
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  1. 9. Late Eocene and Early Oligocene in Southern Australia: Local Neritic Signals of Global Oceanic Changes
  2. Brian McGowran, Graham Moss, Amanda Beecroft
  3. pp. 178-201
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  1. 10. Paleogene Climatic Evolution: A Climate Model Investigation of the Influence of Continental Elevation and Sea-Surface Temperature upon Continental Climate
  2. Lisa Cirbus Shan, Eric J. Barron
  3. pp. 202-217
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  1. Part III: The Marine Record
  2. p. 218
  1. 11. Eocene-Oligocene Faunal Turnover in Planktic Foraminifera, and Antarctic Glaciation
  2. Gerta Keller, Norman MacLeod, Enriqueta Barrera
  3. pp. 218-244
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  1. 12. Middle Eocene-Late Oligocene Bathyal Benthic Foraminifera (Weddell Sea): Faunal Changes and Implications for Ocean Circulation
  2. Ellen Thomas
  3. pp. 245-271
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  1. 13. Late Paleogene Calcareous Nannoplankton Evolution: A Tale of Climatic Deterioration
  2. Marie-Pierre Aubry
  3. pp. 272-309
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  1. 14. Middle Eocene Through Early Miocene Diatom Floral Turnover
  2. Jack G. Baldauf
  3. pp. 310-326
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  1. 15. Late Paleogene Dinoflagellate Cysts with Special Reference to the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary
  2. Henk Brinkhuis
  3. pp. 327-340
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  1. 16. The Patterns and Causes of Molluscan Extinction Across the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary
  2. Thor Hansen
  3. pp. 341-348
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  1. 17. Evolution of Paleogene Echinoids: A Global and Regional View
  2. Michael L. McKinney, Kenneth J. McNamara, Burchard D. Carter, Stephen K. Donovan
  3. pp. 349-367
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  1. 18. Cetacean Evolution and Eocene/Oligocene Environments
  2. R. Ewan Fordyce
  3. pp. 368-381
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  1. Part IV: The Terrestrial Record
  2. p. 382
  1. 19. Paleosols and Changes in Climate and Vegetation Across the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary
  2. Gregory J. Retallack
  3. pp. 382-398
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  1. 20. Low-Biomass Vegetation in the Oligocene?
  2. Estella B. Leopold, Gengwu Liu, Scoff Clay-Poole
  3. pp. 399-420
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  1. 21. Climatic, Floristic, and Vegetational Changes near the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary in North America
  2. Jack A. Wolfe
  3. pp. 421-436
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  1. 22. Vegetational and Floristic Changes Around the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary in Western and Central Europe
  2. Margaret E. Collinson
  3. pp. 437-450
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  1. 23. Western North American Reptile and Amphibian Record Across the Eocene/Oligocene Boundary and Its Climatic Implications
  2. J. Howard Hutchison
  3. pp. 451-463
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  1. 24. Mammalian Faunas in North America of Bridgerian to Early Arikareean "ages" (Eocene and Oligocene)
  2. Richard K. Stucky
  3. pp. 464-493
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  1. 25. British Mammalian Paleocommunities Across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition and Their Environmental Implications
  2. J. J. Hooker
  3. pp. 494-515
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  1. 26. The Evolution of Mammalian Faunas in Europe During the Eocene and Oligocene
  2. Serge Legendre, Jean-Louis Hartenberger
  3. pp. 516-528
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  1. 27. The Chinese Oligocene: A Preliminary Review of Mammalian Localities and Local Faunas
  2. Banyue Wang
  3. pp. 529-547
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  1. 28. The Eocene-Oligocene Transition in Continental Africa
  2. D. Tab Rasmussen, Thomas M. Bourn, Elwyn L. Simons
  3. pp. 548-566
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 567-568
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