The Africa-South America Connection

Hardcover | November 1, 1991

EditorWilma George, Rene Lavocat

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The origins of the present-day faunas and floras of Africa and South America have been a fascinating puzzle for hundreds of years, and have provided a remarkable example of the catalytic effect of one scientific discipline upon another. It is now the turn of the biologists to explain how thepresent faunas and floras have arisen, and this volume brings together the latest information and theories about the interrelations between plate tectonics, palaeontology, and the present distribution of plants and animals.

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The origins of the present-day faunas and floras of Africa and South America have been a fascinating puzzle for hundreds of years, and have provided a remarkable example of the catalytic effect of one scientific discipline upon another. It is now the turn of the biologists to explain how thepresent faunas and floras have arisen, and th...

Wilma George, late Lecturer in Zoology and Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Rene Lavocat, Directeur Honoraire de Laboratoire (Paleontologie des Vertebres), Universite des Sciences et Techniques de Languedoc, Montpellier.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pagesPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198545770

ISBN - 13:9780198545774

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List of contributors1. Albert E. Wood: The history of the problem2. Judith Totman Parrish: Palaeogeography of the opening South Atlantic3. Judith Totman Parrish: Palaeoclimatic history of the opening South Atlantic4. S. J. Mayo: Aspects of aroid geography5. C. Amedegnato: African-American relationships within the Acrididae (Insecta, Orthroptera)6. Gerhard Storch: Grube Messel and Africa-South America faunal connections7. Eric Buffetaut and Jean-Claude Rage: Fossil amphibians and reptiles and the Africa-South America connection8. L. Aiello: Origin of the New World monkeys9. Wilma George: The strange rodents of Africa and South America10. R. Lavocat: ConclusionsWilma George: Appendix: The history of the problemIndex

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`This well balanced book provides an excellent discussion on the problems involved in the history of African and South American faunas.'P. Tassy, Palaeo 109 (1994)