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Proboscidea : Evolution and Palaeoecology of Elephants and Their Relatives - Jeheskel Shoshani


Evolution and Palaeoecology of Elephants and Their Relatives

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1996
ISBN: 9780198546528
Number Of Pages: 502

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The Proboscidea, of which only two species of elephant survive today, were one of the great mammalian orders of the Cenozoic. Their success over evolutionary time is reflected by their morphological and taxonomic diversity, their nearly worldwide distribution on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, and their persistence through nearly fifty million years. Their great past ability to migrate and to adapt to changing climatic conditions and interspecific competition provides a unique laboratory for the testing of evolutionary theories and development of new concepts. This is the first complete treatise on the evolution and palaeoecology of this group for half a century. It reviews their classification and phylogeny, the early differentiation of proboscideans, the major adaptive radiations and their evolutionary patterns, and the origins and current status of extant elephant species. Written by leading international experts, this is a major study documenting the record of terrestrial biodiversity.

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`the present multi-authored volume edited by two of the greatest students of the subject is a landmark ... This book is a landmark in the study of the biology and paleobiology of the Emperor of Beasts.' Malcolm C. McKenna, American Museum of Natural History, Science, Vol. 276, April 1997

Part I: Introduction Part II: Proboscidean relatives Part III: The first radiation: early proboscideans Part IV: The second radiation: gomphotheres and stegodontids Part V: The third radiation: Elephantidae Part VI: Palaeoecology, taphonomy, extinction, and conservation Part VI: Summary and conclusions Appendices References Index

ISBN: 9780198546528
ISBN-10: 0198546521
Series: Oxford Science Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 502
Published: 1st July 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 23.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.03