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Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys: The Fascinating Fossil Mammals of South America
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Darin A. Croft Velizar Simeonovski
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Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys: The Fascinating Fossil Mammals of South America

Darin A. Croft Velizar Simeonovski


9780253020840

Indiana University Press


Mathematics & Sciences;
Palaeontology;
Wildlife: mammals;
Rocks, minerals & fossils


Hardback

324 pages

$82.95
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South America is home to some of the most distinctive mammals on Earth-giant armadillos, tiny anteaters, the world's largest rodent, and its smallest deer. But the continent once supported a variety of other equally intriguing mammals that have no close living relatives: armored mammals with tail clubs, saber-toothed marsupials, and even a swimming sloth. We know of the existence of these peculiar species thanks to South America's rich fossil record, which provides many glimpses of prehistoric mammals and the ecosystems in which they lived. Organized as a walk through time and featuring species from 15 important fossil sites, this book is the most extensive and richly illustrated volume devoted exclusively to the Cenozoic mammals of South America. The text is supported by 75 life reconstructions of extinct species in their native habitats, as well as photographs of fossil specimens and the sites highlighted in the book. An annotated bibliography is included for those interested in delving into the scientific literature.

By:   Darin A. Croft
Illustrated by:   Velizar Simeonovski
Imprint:   Indiana University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   annotated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   86g
ISBN:   9780253020840
ISBN 10:   0253020840
Series:   Life of the Past
Pages:   324
Publication Date:   September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Darin A. Croft is Associate Professor of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University and a research associate at several museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is an authority on the extinct mammals of South America and has active field programs in the Andes of Chile and Bolivia. Velizar Simeonovski is an artist based in Chicago who specializes in life reconstructions of extinct species and visualizations of ancient landscapes. His works have been featured in scientific journals and magazines, in the book Extinct Madagascar: Picturing the Island's Past, and in museum exhibits in the US and in his home country of Bulgaria.


Well-written and easy for the nonspecialist to understand, this is also a most needed updating of this subject, much in the line of classic works such as Simpson's The Beginning of the Age of Mammals in South America and Patterson and Pascual's The Fossil Mammal Fauna of South America. Richard Farina, coauthor Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America


  • Winner of Gold Medal, Science, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
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