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The Paleontology of Gran Barranca
Evolution and Environmental Change through the Middle Cenozoic of Patagonia

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Richard H. Madden, Alfredo A. Carlini, Maria Guiomar Vucetich, Richard F. Kay, A. Scarano, E. S. Bellosi, G. H. Ré, S. E. Geuna, J. F. Vilas, M. Heizler, S. E. Miquel, F. J. Goin, M. A. Abello, L. Chornogubsky, M. Ciancio, G. J. Scillato-Yané, J. N. Gelfo, G. M. López, M. A. Reguero, F. J. Prevosti, A. M. Ribeiro, M. Bond, A. G. Kramarz, E. C. Vieytes, M. E. Pérez, A. M. Candela, N. J. Czaplewski, C. M. Deschamps, M. G. González, J. H. Laza, M. V. Sánchez, J. F. Genise, A. Zucol, M. Brea, M. J. Kohn, A. Zanazzi, J. A. Josef, G. H. Cassini, V. Barreda, L. Palazzesi, S. A. Marenssi, G. R. Guerstein, M. V. Guler, H. Brinkhuis, J. Warnaar
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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108445733

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  • Gran Barranca in Patagonia exposes the most complete sequence of middle Cenozoic paleofaunas in South America. It is the only continuous continental fossil record of the Southern Hemisphere between 42 and 18 million years ago, when climates at high latitudes transitioned from warm humid to cold dry conditions. This volume presents the geochronology of the fossil mammal sequence and a compilation of the latest studies of the stratigraphy, sedimentology, mammals, plants, invertebrates and trace fossils. It is also the first detailed treatment of the vertebrate faunal sequence at Gran Barranca, providing important new evidence about biotic diversity and evolution in the native species. A revised taxonomy allows a reevaluation of the origination and extinction of herbivorous mammals, marsupials, and xenarthrans, and the earliest occurrence of rodents and primates in southern latitudes. Academic researchers and advanced students in vertebrate paleontology, geochronology, sedimentology and paleoprimatology will value this wealth of new information.

    • New geochronology refines our understanding of mammalian evolution during a period of major faunal revolutions
    • Includes new information enriching our understanding of climate variation during the middle Cenozoic
    • Presents a new, more detailed, analysis of the fossil record - yielding information about the diversity of Patagonian environments and a more accurate measure of environmental change
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    '… the first detailed treatment of the vertebrate faunal sequence at Gran Barranca, providing important new evidence about biotic diversity and evolution in the native species … Academic researchers and advanced students in vertebrate paleontology, geochronology, sedimentology and paleoprimatology will value this wealth of new information.' The Eggs EGU Newsletter (the-eggs.org)

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108445733
    • length: 458 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 218 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of contributors
    1. Notes toward a history of vertebrate paleontology at Gran Barranca
    Part I. Geology:
    2. Physical stratigraphy of the Sarmiento Formation (middle Eocene - lower Miocene) at Gran Barranca, central Patagonia
    3. Paleomagnetism and magnetostratigraphy of the Sarmiento Formation (Eocene-Miocene) at Gran Barranca, Chubut, Argentina
    4. A geochronology for the Sarmiento Formation at Gran Barranca
    Part II. Systematic Palaeontology:
    5. Middle Eocene - Oligocene gastropods of the Sarmiento Formation, central Patagonia
    6. Middle Tertiary marsupials from central Patagonia (early Oligocene of Gran Barranca): understanding South America's Grande Coupure
    7. Middle Eocene - Early Miocene Dasypodidae (Xenarthra) of southern South America: biostratigraphy and palaeoecology
    8. The 'Condylarth' Didolodontidae from Gran Barranca: history of the bunodont South American mammals until the Eocene-Oligocene transition
    9. The Notohippidae (Mammalia, Notoungulata) from Gran Barranca: preliminary considerations
    10. Rodent-like notoungulates (Typotheria) from Gran Barranca, Chubut Province, Argentina: phylogeny and systematics
    11. The Leontiniidae (Mammalia, Notoungulata) from the Sarmiento Formation at Gran Barranca, Chubut Province, Argentina
    12. Colhuehuapian Astrapotheriidae (Mammalia) from Gran Barranca south of Lake Colhue Huapi
    13. The rodents from La Cantera and the early evolution of caviomorphs in South America
    14. Colhuehuapian rodents from Gran Barranca and other Patagonian localities: the state of the art
    15. A new primate from the early Miocene of Gran Barranca, Chubut Province, Argentina: paleoecological implications
    16. Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Gran Barranca (early Miocene, Colhuehuapian), Chubut Province, Argentina
    Part III. Patterns of Evolution and Environmental Change:
    17. The Mustersan age at Gran Barranca: a review
    18. A new mammal fauna at the top of the Gran Barranca sequence and its biochronological significance
    19. Loessic and fluvial sedimentation in Sarmiento Formation pyroclastics,middle Cenozoic of central Patagonia
    20. Paleosols of the Middle Cenozoic Sarmiento Formation, central Patagonia
    21. Ichnofacies analysis of the Sarmiento Formation (middle Eocene-early Miocene) at Gran Barranca, central Patagonia
    22. Phytolith studies in Gran Barranca (central Patagonia, Argentina), the middle-late Eocene
    23. Stable isotopes of fossil teeth and bones at Gran Barranca as a monitor of climate change and tectonics
    24. Hypsodonty and body size in rodent like notoungulates
    Part IV. Regional Applications:
    25. Vegetation during the Eocene-Miocene interval in central Patagonia: a context of mammal evolution
    26. Paleogene climatic and biotic events in the terrestrial record of the Antarctic Peninsula: an overview
    27. Mid-Cenozoic palaeoclimatic and palaeoceanographic trends in the southwestern Atlantic basins, a dinoflagellate view
    28. Divisaderan land mammal age or local fauna?
    Part V. Summary:
    29. Gran Barranca: a twenty-three million year record of Middle-Cenozoic faunal evolution in Patagonia
    Index.

  • Editors

    Richard H. Madden, Duke University, North Carolina
    Richard H. Madden has been a Research Associate at the Duke University Medical Center for the last twenty years where he assists in the teaching of anatomy in the School of Medicine. His current research interests include the relationship between climate, earth surface processes, and the geographic and temporal patterns of soil ingestion and tooth wear in mammalian herbivores as these may relate to evolution of tooth mineral volume.

    Alfredo A. Carlini, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
    Alfredo A. Carlini is a Research Paleontologist of Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Professor of Comparative Anatomy at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. His research interests focus on the morphological diversity, evolutionary trends, ontogeny, systematics, biostratigraphy, and biogeography of armadillos and living and fossil xenarthrans, with over 100 scientific publications in books and journals.

    Maria Guiomar Vucetich, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
    Maria Guiomar Vucetich is a Research Palaeontologist of Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, where she has worked since 1971. Her research interests involve the evolutionary history of caviomorph rodents and she has published nearly 100 scientific articles on this topic.

    Richard F. Kay, Duke University, North Carolina
    Richard F. Kay is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, and Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University, North Carolina, where he has worked since 1973. He has edited five books and authored more than 200 research papers on primate paleontology, functional anatomy, adaptations, and phylogenetics. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (USA).

    Contributors

    Richard H. Madden, Alfredo A. Carlini, Maria Guiomar Vucetich, Richard F. Kay, A. Scarano, E. S. Bellosi, G. H. Ré, S. E. Geuna, J. F. Vilas, M. Heizler, S. E. Miquel, F. J. Goin, M. A. Abello, L. Chornogubsky, M. Ciancio, G. J. Scillato-Yané, J. N. Gelfo, G. M. López, M. A. Reguero, F. J. Prevosti, A. M. Ribeiro, M. Bond, A. G. Kramarz, E. C. Vieytes, M. E. Pérez, A. M. Candela, N. J. Czaplewski, C. M. Deschamps, M. G. González, J. H. Laza, M. V. Sánchez, J. F. Genise, A. Zucol, M. Brea, M. J. Kohn, A. Zanazzi, J. A. Josef, G. H. Cassini, V. Barreda, L. Palazzesi, S. A. Marenssi, G. R. Guerstein, M. V. Guler, H. Brinkhuis, J. Warnaar

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