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Indiana University Press
  • Urumaco and Venezuelan Paleontology: The Fossil Record of the Northern Neotropics
  • Edited by Marcelo R. S├ínchez-Villagra, Orangel A. Aguilera, and Alfredo A. Carlini
  • 2010
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  • Published by: Indiana University Press
  • Series: Life of the Past
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Urumaco and Venezuelan Paleontology offers a synthesis of the paleontological record of Venezuela, including new discoveries on stratigraphy, paleobotany, fossil invertebrates, and vertebrates. Besides providing a critical summary of the record of decapods, fishes, crocodiles, turtles, rodents, armadillos, and ungulates, several chapters introduce new information on the distribution and paleobiology of groups not previously studied in this part of the world. Given its position in the northern neotropics, close to the Panamanian land bridge, Venezuela is a key location for understanding faunal exchanges between the Americas in the recent geological past. The book reviews the recent paleobotanical and vertebrate fossil record of the region, provides an understanding of Pleistocene climatic change and biogeography for the last few thousand years, and integrates new information with summaries of Spanish language works on Venezuelan geology and paleontology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1 Venezuelan Geography and Biodiversity: A Brief Introduction
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 2 A Short History of the Study of Venezuelan Vertebrate Fossils
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 3 The Fossil Vertebrate Record of Venezuela of the Last 65 Million Years
  2. pp. 19-51
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  1. 4 Paleoenvironmental Trends in Venezuela during the Last Glacial Cycle
  2. pp. 52-83
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  1. 5 The Guayana Highlands: A Natural Laboratory for the Biogeographical and Evolutionary Study of the Neotropical Flora
  2. pp. 84-102
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  1. 6 Mesozoic and Cenozoic Decapod Crustaceans from Venezuela and Related Trace-Fossil Assemblages
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. Insert
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  1. 7 Venezuelan Caribbean and Orinocoan Neogene Fish
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 8 Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Environments of Miocene Shallow to Marginal Marine Deposits in the Urumaco Trough, Falc
  2. pp. 153-172
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  1. 9 Fossil Turtles from the Northern Neotropics: The Urumaco Sequence Fauna and Finds from Other Localities in Venezuela and Colombia
  2. pp. 173-191
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  1. 10 Fossil Crocodylians from Venezuela in the Context of South American Faunas
  2. pp. 192-213
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  1. 11 Fossil Rodents from the Late Miocene Urumaco and Middle Miocene Cumaca Formations, Venezuela
  2. pp. 214-232
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  1. 12 An Introduction to Cingulate Evolution and Their Evolutionary History during the Great American Biotic Interchange: Biogeographical Clues from Venezuela
  2. pp. 233-255
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  1. 13 The South American Native Ungulates of the Urumaco Formation
  2. pp. 256-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-286
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253002006
Related ISBN(s)
9780253354761
MARC Record
OCLC
794924279
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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