The Tertiary Record of Rodents in North America / Edition 1

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This monograph is the first compilation of all known data on fossil rodents in North America. The author includes illustrations of all fossil families of rodents, the phylogenies for all familes, a discussion of the problematical taxa of rodents which are not referable to known families, and lists of all described fossil species. His work will serve as an indispensible reference for the paleontologist who wishes to identify specimens, and for the mammologist studying fossil history.

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A reference-text that compiles the published knowledge on fossil rodents from North America and presents it in a way that is accessible to paleontologists and mammalogists interested in evolutionary studies of rodents. Because the diversity of rodents in the world, past and present, is essentially limitless, the volume is limited to the record of Tertiary (i.e., about 66 million years ago to about 1.67 million years ago) rodents of North America. The volume's 25 chapters are grouped in three sections: rodents--what, where, and when (4 chapters); systematic description of rodent families (19 chapters); and dynamics of the North American rodent fauna through time (2 chapters). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306446962
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/31/1994
  • Series: Topics in Geobiology Series, #12
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Rodents-What, Where, and When: Introduction. Specialized Cranial and Dental Anatomy of Rodents. Origin of Rodents. Classification of Rodents. Systematic Descriptions of Families: Ischyromyidae. Sciuravidae. Cylindrodontidae. Protoptychidae. Aplodontidae. Mylagaulidae. Sciuridae. Eutypomyidae. Castoridae. Eomyidae. Heliscomyidae. Heteromyidae. Florentiamyidae. Geomyidae. Zapodidae. Cricetidae I. Cricetidae II. Monotypic Families. Rodents Not Referable to Recognized Families. Dynamics of the North American Rodent Fauna through Time: Changes in the Rodent Fauna. Tertiary Rodent Faunas of Other Continents. Index.

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