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Methods in Paleoecology

Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities

  • Darin A. Croft
  • Denise F. Su
  • Scott W. Simpson

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Darin A. Croft, Denise F. Su, Scott W. Simpson
    Pages 1-5
  3. Samantha S. B. Hopkins
    Pages 7-22
  4. Alistair R. Evans, Silvia Pineda-Munoz
    Pages 37-51
  5. Pennilyn Higgins
    Pages 99-120
  6. Emily J. Beverly, William E. Lukens, Gary E. Stinchcomb
    Pages 151-183
  7. Luke Mander, Surangi W. Punyasena
    Pages 215-234
  8. Caroline A. E. Strömberg, Regan E. Dunn, Camilla Crifò, Elisha B. Harris
    Pages 235-287
  9. Daniel J. Peppe, Aly Baumgartner, Andrew Flynn, Benjamin Blonder
    Pages 289-317
  10. W. Andrew Barr
    Pages 339-349
  11. Kris Kovarovic, Denise F. Su, Kari Lintulaakso
    Pages 351-372
  12. Wesley A. Vermillion, P. David Polly, Jason J. Head, Jussi T. Eronen, A. Michelle Lawing
    Pages 373-394
  13. Denise F. Su, Darin A. Croft
    Pages 395-404
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 405-410

About this book


This volume focuses on the reconstruction of past ecosystems and provides a comprehensive review of current techniques and their application in exemplar studies. The 18 chapters address a wide variety of topics that span vertebrate paleobiology and paleoecology (body mass, postcranial functional morphology, evolutionary dental morphology, microwear and mesowear, ecomorphology, mammal community structure analysis), contextual paleoenvironmental studies (paleosols and sedimentology, ichnofossils, pollen, phytoliths, plant macrofossils), and special techniques (bone microstructure, biomineral isotopes, inorganic isotopes, 3-D morphometrics, and ecometric modeling). A final chapter discusses how to integrate results of these studies with taphonomic data in order to more accurately characterize an ancient ecosystem.

 Current investigators, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students interested in the field of paleoecology will find this book immensely useful. The length and structure of the volume also makes it suitable for teaching a college-level course on reconstructing Cenozoic ecosystems.


reconstructing cenozoic terrestrial environments trace fossils in paleoenvironmental reconstructions ecomorphology paleoecological reconstruction phytolith analysis in deep time function of postcranial skeleton body mass reconstruction in fossils dental mesowear and microwear analysis 3D orphometrics in paleoecology isotopes from biominerals

Editors and affiliations

  • Darin A. Croft
    • 1
  • Denise F. Su
    • 2
  • Scott W. Simpson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Paleobotany and PaleoecologyCleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnatomyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

About the editors

Dr. Darin A. Croft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Scott Simpson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Denise F. Su is the Curator and Head of Paleobotany and Paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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