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Bones, Clones, and BiomesThe History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals$
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Bruce D. Patterson and Leonora P. Costa

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226649191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226649214.001.0001

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Cenozoic Andean Faunas

Cenozoic Andean Faunas

Shedding New Light on South American Mammal Evolution, Biogeography, Environments, and Tectonics

(p.51) 4 Cenozoic Andean Faunas
Bones, Clones, and Biomes
John J. Flynn, Reynaldo Charrier, Darin A. Croft, Andre R. Wyss
University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows that other areas of the Andes (Colombia and Bolivia in particular) have also produced significant collections of Cenozoic mammals. Smaller collections have come from the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. Most of these localities are north of the Tropic of Capricorn, well outside the traditionally well-sampled southern part of the continent. The only other mammal faunas known from this vast area of South America are a handful of lowland faunas from Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. These low and middle latitude assemblages have provided critical insights into the development of Neotropical mammal communities. They are spread over tens of millions of years; however, they provide mere glimpses of habitats and communities rather than an integrated picture of evolving mammal faunas. Sampling thus remains a key issue in Neotropical paleomammalogy, especially in light of biogeographic hypotheses that recognize Patagonia as a region distinct from the rest of South America. Documenting new fossil mammal localities in low and intermediate latitudes is a priority for future research.

Keywords:   Cenozoic mammals, Andean faunas, mammal evolution, South America, biogeography, environments, tectonics

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