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The Great American Biotic Interchange

A South American Perspective

  • Alberto Luis Cione
  • Germán Mariano Gasparini
  • Esteban Soibelzon
  • Leopoldo Héctor Soibelzon
  • Eduardo Pedro Tonni

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alberto Luis Cione, Germán Mariano Gasparini, Esteban Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor Soibelzon, Eduardo Pedro Tonni
    Pages 1-8
  3. Alberto Luis Cione, Germán Mariano Gasparini, Esteban Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor Soibelzon, Eduardo Pedro Tonni
    Pages 9-69
  4. Alberto Luis Cione, Germán Mariano Gasparini, Esteban Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor Soibelzon, Eduardo Pedro Tonni
    Pages 71-96
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 97-97

About this book

Introduction

South American ecosystems suffered one of the greatest biogeographical events, after the establishment of the Panamian land bridge, called the “Great American Biotic Interchange” (GABI). This refers to the exchange, in several phases, of land mammals between the Americas; this event started during the late Miocene with the appearance of the Holartic Procyonidae (Huayquerian Age) in South America and continues today. The major phases of mammalian dispersal occurred from the Latest Pliocene (Marplatan Age) to the Late Pleistocene (Lujanian Age). The most important and richest localities of Late Miocene-Holocene fossil vertebrates of South America are those of the Pampean region of Argentina. There are also several Late Miocene and Pliocene localities in western Argentina and Bolivia. Other important fossils have been collected in localities of Pleistocene age outside Argentina: Tarija (Bolivia), karstic caves of Lagoa Santa and the recently explored caves of Tocantins (Brasil), Talara (Perú), La Carolina (Ecuador), Muaco (Venezuela), and Cueva del Milodon (Chile), among others. The book discusses basic information for interpreting the GABI such as taxonomic composition (incorporating the latest revisions) at classical and new localities for each stage addressing climate, environments, and time boundaries for each stage. It includes the chronology and dynamics of the GABI, the integration of South American mammalian faunas through time, the Quaternary mammalian extinctions and the composition of recent mammalian fauna of the continent.

Keywords

Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) Mammals Biostratigraphy Panama Land Bridge South America South American land Mammal Ages (SALMA)

Authors and affiliations

  • Alberto Luis Cione
    • 1
  • Germán Mariano Gasparini
    • 2
  • Esteban Soibelzon
    • 3
  • Leopoldo Héctor Soibelzon
    • 4
  • Eduardo Pedro Tonni
    • 5
  1. 1.División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque s/nº (B1900FWA)La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque s/nº (B1900FWA)La PlataArgentina
  3. 3.División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque s/nº (B1900FWA)La PlataArgentina
  4. 4.División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque s/nº (B1900FWA)La PlataArgentina
  5. 5.División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque s/nº (B1900FWA)La PlataArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9792-4
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9791-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9792-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-589X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5903
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