Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles by Marcelo S. De La FuenteOrigin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles by Marcelo S. De La Fuente

Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles

byMarcelo S. De La Fuente

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

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The extended continental South American turtle record (Norian to Lujanian) allows us to follow the evolution of this reptile clade from its origins. Several significant stem turtle taxa such as:PalaeochersistalampayensisandCondorchelys antiquaprovide information on the first steps of turtle evolution. Others such as:Chubutemys copelloiorPatagoniaemys gasparinaeprovide clues to the origin of the bizarre horned tortoises of the clade Meiolaniidae. The panpleurodiran species such asNotoemys laticentralisorNotoemys zapatocaensisshed light on the origin of modern pleurodiran turtles. This book explores aquatic and terrestrial cryptodiran turtles, South Gondwana pleurodiran turtles, North Gondwana pleurodiran turtles; Meiolaniforms and early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles.

Marcelo S. de la Fuente studied at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He has been a guest professor at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris. He acts as a research member of the National Science Council of Argentina (CONICET) at the Museum of Natural History of San ...
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Title:Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American TurtlesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pagesPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319005170

ISBN - 13:9783319005171

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Aquatic cryptodiran turtles: the most recent island hoppers.- Tortoises: the oldest island hoppers.- South Gondwanan pleurodiran turtles.- North Gondwanan Pleurodiran Turtles.- Meiolaniforms: an extinct lineage of turtles of Gondwanan origin.- Early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles.

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From the reviews:"Argentine biologists de la Fuente, Sterli, and Maniel . have combined their talents to produce this impressive monograph summarizing the origin, evolution, and biogeography of South American terrestrial turtles. . This well-written, highly informative book on South American turtles will be indispensable to chelonian specialists and institutions with graduate-level programs with interests in South American fauna. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and above." (E. D. Keiser, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)