Morphological Change in Quaternary Mammals of North America

Morphological Change in Quaternary Mammals of North America

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Anthony D. Barnosky Edited by Robert A. Martin
Cambridge University Press, 12/9/1993
EAN 9780521404501, ISBN10: 0521404509

Hardcover, 428 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

This 1993 book examines case studies of North American Quaternary mammalian evolution within the larger domain of evolutionary theory. It presents studies of a variety of taxa (xenarthrans, rodents, carnivores, ungulates) examined over several temporal scales, from a few thousand years during the Holocene to millions of years of late Pliocene and Pleistocene time. Different organisational levels are represented, from mosaic population variation, to a synopsis of Quaternary evolution of an entire order (Rodentia). The book also includes purely theoretical and methodological contributions, for example, on the statistical recognition of stasis in the fossil record, ways to calculate evolutionary rates, and the use of digital image analysis in the study of dental ontogeny. Perhaps the most important aspect of the studies reported in this book is that they span the time between the 'ecological moment' and 'deep time'. The book will interest vertebrate palaeontologists, ecologists concerned with the origin of biological diversity and also evolutionists interested in the competing evolutionary models.

1. Quaternary mammals and evolutionary theory
introductory remarks and historical perspective Robert A. Martin and Anthony D. Barnosky
2. A method for recognizing morphological stasis Deborah K. Anderson
3. Mosaic evolution at the population level in Microtus pennsylvanicus Anthony D. Barnosky
4. Variogram analysis of paleontological data Andrew P. Czebieniak
5. Morphological change in quaternary mammals
a role for species interactions? Tamar Dayan, Daniel Simberloff and Eitan Tchernov
6. Rates of evolution in Plio-Pleistocene mammals
six case studies Philip D. Gingerich
7. Patterns of dental variation and evolution in prairie dogs, genus Cynomys H. Thomas Goodwin
8. Quantitative and qualitative evolution in the giant armadillo Holmesina (Edentata
Pampatheriidae) in Florida Richard C. Hulbert, Jr. and Gary S. Morgan
9. Evolution of mammoths and moose
the holarctic perspective Adrian M. Lister
10. Evolution of hypsodonty and enamel structure in Plio-Pleistocene rodents Larry D. Martin
11. Patterns of variation and speciation in Quaternary rodents Robert A. Martin
12. Decrease in the body size of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) during the late Holocene in South Carolina and Georgia James R. Purdue and Elizabeth J. Reitz
13. Short-term fluctuations in small mammals of the late Pleistocene from Eastern Washington John M. Rensberger and Anthony D. Barnosky
14. Size change in North American Quaternary jaguars Kevin Seymour
15. Ontogenetic change of Ondatra zibethicus (Arvicolidae, Rodentia) cheek teeth analyzed by digital image processing Laurent Viriot, Jean Chaline, Andre Schaff and Eric Le Boulenge
16. Morphological change in woodrat (Rodentia
Cricetidae) molars Richard J. Zakrzewski

‘ … will stimulate discussion and further work.’ Science