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The Tertiary Record of Rodents in North America

  • William W. Korth

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Rodents—What, Where, and When

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  3. Systematic Description of Rodent Families

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  4. Dynamics of the North American Rodent Fauna through Time

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About this book

Introduction

Nearly half of the known species of mammals alive today (more than 1600) are rodents or "gnawing mammals" (Nowak and Paradiso, 1983). The diversity of rodents is greater than that of any other order of mammals. Thus, it is not surprising that the fossil record of this order is extensive and fossil material of rodents from the Tertiary is known from all continents except Antarctica and Australia. The purpose of this book is to compile the published knowledge on fossil rodents from North America and present it in a way that is accessible to paleontologists and mammalogists interested in evolutionary studies of ro­ dents. The literature on fossil rodents is widely scattered between journals on paleontology and mammalogy and in-house publications of museums and universities. Currently, there is no single source that offers ready access to the literature on a specific family of rodents and its fossil history. This work is presented as a reference text that can be useful to specialists in rodents (fossil or recent) as weIl as mammalian paleontologists working on whole faunas. Because the diversity of rodents in the world is essentially limitless, any monograph that included all fossil rodents would similarly be limitless. Hence, this book is limited to the re cord of Tertiary rodents of North America. The several species of South American (caviomorph) rodents that invaded North America near the end of the Tertiary are also not included in this text.

Keywords

Phylogenie anatomy classification fauna

Authors and affiliations

  • William W. Korth
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  1. 1.Rochester Institute of Vertebrate PaleontologyPenfieldUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1444-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1446-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1444-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0275-0120
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