Patagonian Mesozoic Reptiles
Distant and exotic, Patagonia has been one of the most attractive places for explorers and palaeontologists. The amazing diversity of its fauna and flora, the richness of its fossil record, and the variety of its paleoenvironments all contribute to making Patagonia the focal point for the study... show more
Distant and exotic, Patagonia has been one of the most attractive places for explorers and palaeontologists. The amazing diversity of its fauna and flora, the richness of its fossil record, and the variety of its paleoenvironments all contribute to making Patagonia the focal point for the study of the history of life on Earth. This book presents in a single volume and for the first time our current knowledge about the evolution of the region and its reptiles. Each contribution amply demonstrates that Patagonia during the Mesozoic provides a distinct perspective on the evolution of life during a key chapter in the geological history of this region.
The volume begins with the early history of the studies of fossil reptiles of Patagonia by the brothers Carlos and Florentino Ameghino, Santiago Roth, Richard Lydekker, John B. Hatcher, Friedrich von Huene, and others, plus the tale of the Patagonia "Nessie." A study of the geologic evolution of Patagonia and the main depositional systems of its sedimentary basins provides the paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental frame for the chapters that follow. The heart of the book consists of a systematic presentation of the different reptile clades represented in the Patagonian Mesozoic. Each chapter details the type and referred material of each taxon, with geographic and chronological provenance. Diagnoses, in many cases new or modified, are included, together with extensive comments on different topics of the biology or evolutionary history of each group. The final chapters include the information supplied by paleoichnology and an overview on the reptilian Mesozoic faunal successions, in which some discontinuities, turnovers, and diversifications are noted, most of which are related to the main geotectonic events that affected Patagonia during the Mesozoic. Altogether, Patagonian Mesozoic Reptiles is a wonderful introduction to one of the most exciting frontiers in paleontology.
Publish date: 2007-06-01
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Edition language: English
Series: Life of the past