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Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America

Volume 2. Small Mammals, Xenarthrans, and Marine Mammals

Christine M. Janis, Gregg F. Gunnell, Mark D. Uhen, A. Weil, D. Krause, W. Korth, J. Bloch, T. Bown, D. Boyer, H. Hutchinson, K. Rose, G. MacDonald, V. Naples, M. Silcox, N. Czaplewski, G. Morgan, S. McLeod, D. T. Rasmussen, M. Dawson, L. Flynn, D. Anderson, A. Walton, R. Porter, S. Walsh, J. Storer, T. Goodwin, L. Jacobs, E. Lindsay, R. Martin, L. Barnes, I. Koretsky, E. Fordyce, D. Domning, R. Hulbert, M. Mihlbachler
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  • This second volume completes the unique survey of North American Tertiary mammals, and covers all the remaining taxa not contained in Volume 1. It provides a complete listing of mammalian diversity over time and space, and evaluates the effect of biogeography and climatic change on evolutionary patterns and faunal transitions, with the distribution in time and space of each taxon laid out in a standardized format. It contains six summary chapters that integrate systematic and biogeographic information for higher taxa, and provides a detailed account of the patterns of occurrence for different species at hundreds of different fossil localities, with the inclusion of many more localities than were contained in the first volume. With over thirty chapters, each written by leading authorities, and an addendum that updates the occurrence and systematics of all of the groups covered in Volume 1, this will be a valuable reference for paleontologists and zoologists.

    • Completes the mammalian survey started in Volume 1
    • Contains updates of the occurrence and systematics of all of the groups covered in Volume 1
    • Chapters are written by leading authorities on the subject
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    Praise for Volume 1: 'This book is amazing, and an absolute must for anyone with a serious interest in fossil mammals. It will prove invaluable to those who study fossil mammals, trends and events in Tertiary biogeography and extinction, or are simply fascinated by mammalian diversity and ecology. Volume 2 will make coverage complete by bringing together the marine mammals and all those small-bodied taxa that are not ungulates or carnivores, or superficially reminiscent of them.' The Palaeontological Association Newsletter

    'The breadth and depth of knowledge in Volume 1 of a planned two-volume set is truly impressive. Anyone [similarly] fascinated with fossils, evolution, and the history of continent-scale ecosystems should find this volume an inspiring and valuable resource.' Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

    'The book is richly illustrated, both with classic restorations and skeletal and dental renderings that unite the work of early and present authors. Also, numerous new restorations, often in whimsical poses, of taxa not previously depicted populate pages of the book making it a visual as well as a scientific treat. I look forward to later volumes in the series and anticipate that these books will elevate the standards of our understanding of Tertiary mammals.' Journal of Mammalogy

    'Janis' editorial capacities are to be commended for achieving a large degree of organisational consistency. The editors deserve credit for forcing taxonomic studies to this degree of standardization and these tables will provide prime input data for the study of patterns of faunal evolution.' Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

    '… very useful …' National d'Histoire Naturelle

    '… a truly masterful compilation of North America's non-Pleistocene Cenozoic mammals. … an essential research tool … The book is well illustrated throughout with cladograms, diagrams of bones and teeth, and life restorations.' Geological Magazine

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511406171
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Christine M. Janis, Gregg G. Gunnell and Mark D. Uhen
    Part I. Non-Eutherian Mammals:
    1. Non-Eutherian summary chapter Christine M. Janis and A. Weil
    2. Multituberculata A. Weil and D. Krause
    3. Marsupialia W. Korth
    Part II. Insectivorous Mammals:
    4. Insectivorous mammals summary chapter Gregg F. Gunnell and J. Bloch
    5. 'Proteutheria' Gregg F. Gunnell, T. Bown, J. Bloch and D. Boyer
    6. Leptictida Gregg F. Gunnell, T. Bown and J. Bloch
    7. Lipotyphla Gregg F. Gunnell, T. Bown, H. Hutchinson and J. Bloch
    Part III. 'Edentata':
    8. 'Edentata' summary chapter Gregg F. Gunnell and K. Rose
    9. Palaeanodonta/Pholidota K. Rose
    10. Xenarthra G. MacDonald and V. Naples
    Part IV. Archonta:
    11. Archonta summary chapter Gregg F. Gunnell and M. Silcox
    12. Chiroptera N. Czaplewski, G. Morgan and S. McLeod
    13. Plagiomenidae/Mixodectidae K. Rose
    14. Plesiadapiformes M. Silcox and Gregg F. Gunnell
    15. Euprimates Gregg F. Gunnell, K. Rose and D. T. Rasmussen
    Part V. Glires:
    16. Glires summary chapter Christine M. Janis, M. Dawson and L. Flynn
    17. Lagomorpha M. Dawson
    18. Ischyromyidae D. Anderson
    19. Sciuravidae A. Walton and R. Porter
    20. Cylindrodontidae S. Walsh and J. Storer
    21. Sciuridae T. Goodwin
    22. Aplodontoidea L. Flynn and L. Jacobs
    23. Castoroidea L. Flynn and L. Jacobs
    24. Dipodidae L. Flynn
    25. Eomyidae L. Flynn
    26. Geomorpha L. Flynn, E. Lindsay and R. Martin
    27. Cricetidae E. Lindsay
    28. Arvicolinae R. Martin
    29. Hystricognathi and Rodentia incertae sedis L. Flynn
    Part VI. Marine Mammals:
    30 Marine mammal summary chapter Mark D. Uhen
    31. Otaroidea L. Barnes
    32. Phocidae I. Koretsky and L. Barnes
    33. Archaeoceti Mark D. Uhen
    34. Odontoceti Mark D. Uhen, E. Fordyce and L. Barnes
    35. Mysticeti Mark D. Uhen, E. Fordyce and L. Barnes
    36. Sirenia D. Domning
    37. Desmostylia D. Domning
    Addendum Christine M. Janis, R. Hulbert and M. Mihlbachler
    Appendix I. Unified locality listings
    Appendix II. References for localities
    Appendix III. Museum acronyms
    Index.

  • Editors

    Christine M. Janis, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Christine M. Janis is Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, Rhode Island. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Mammalian Evolution and Acta Paleontologica Polonica, and Associate Editor for the journal Evolution. Professor Janis was also editor-in-chief for Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America, Volume 1: Terrestrial Carnivores, Ungulates, and Ungulate like Mammals (Cambridge, 1998).

    Gregg F. Gunnell, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Gregg G. Gunnell is Associate Research Scientist in the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan. He is Associate Editor for the journal Palaois, Past Associate Editor for Journal of Human Evolution, and a Member of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists.

    Mark D. Uhen, George Mason University, Virginia
    Mark D. Uhen is Head of Research and Collections and Curator of Paleontology and Zoology at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the US National Museum of Natural History, Chair of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Patterson Award Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board and the Vertebrate Working Group for the Paleobiology Database.

    Contributors

    Christine M. Janis, Gregg F. Gunnell, Mark D. Uhen, A. Weil, D. Krause, W. Korth, J. Bloch, T. Bown, D. Boyer, H. Hutchinson, K. Rose, G. MacDonald, V. Naples, M. Silcox, N. Czaplewski, G. Morgan, S. McLeod, D. T. Rasmussen, M. Dawson, L. Flynn, D. Anderson, A. Walton, R. Porter, S. Walsh, J. Storer, T. Goodwin, L. Jacobs, E. Lindsay, R. Martin, L. Barnes, I. Koretsky, E. Fordyce, D. Domning, R. Hulbert, M. Mihlbachler

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