The Evolution of North American Rhinoceroses

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Cambridge University Press, 7 de mar de 2005 - 218 páginas
The family Rhinocerotidae has a long and amazing history in North America. From their first appearance about forty million years ago, they diversified into an incredible array of taxa, with a variety of ecologies that do not resemble any of the five living species. They ranged from delicate long-legged dog-sized forms, to huge hippo-like forms that apparently lived in rivers and lakes. This book includes a systematic review of the entire North American Rhinocerotidae, with complete descriptions, measurements, and figures of every bone in every species - the first such review in over a century. More importantly, it discusses the biogeographic patterns of rhinos, their evolutionary patterns and paleoecology, and what rhinos tell us about the evolution of North American landscapes and faunas over 35 million years. It is a complete and authoritative volume that will be a reference of interest to a variety of scientists for years to come.
 

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Picked up on the recent Black Hills trip. Not light reading, even if you’re a paleontologist. The bulk of the book is extremely detailed anatomical descriptions of North American rhinoceros specimens ... Ler resenha completa

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Introduction
1
History of Investigations
16
Systematics
25
viii
132
Biogeography and Diversity Patterns
182
Paleoecology and Evolutionary Patterns
200
References
209
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Donald R. Prothero is Chair and Professor of Geology, Occidental College, Los Angeles and Lecturer in Geobiology, California Institute of Technology.

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