J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook
Wildlife of Gondwana: Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinentby Patricia Vickers-Rich, Thomas H. Rich, Thomas H Rich
"Today the six major continents are separated by vast seas, but it has not always been so. The relentless motion of the earth's crust sometimes joined and sometimes separated disparate landmasses; twice such a union created the landmass of Gondwana. This great southern supercontinent once was home to an unusual array of wildlife."BOOK JACKET. "This book… See more details below
"Today the six major continents are separated by vast seas, but it has not always been so. The relentless motion of the earth's crust sometimes joined and sometimes separated disparate landmasses; twice such a union created the landmass of Gondwana. This great southern supercontinent once was home to an unusual array of wildlife."BOOK JACKET. "This book traces the history of the vertebrate faunas of Gondwana. It begins with the origin of life, before Gondwana coalesced, and follows the evolution of vertebrates from invertebrate stock, through the course of life from primitive fishes to advanced mammals and birds. It explains in detail how the vertebrate faunas of each of the Gondwana continents developed to the present day, and it investigates how the shifting continental plates and changing climates have shaped the path of vertebrate evolution."BOOK JACKET.
Gondwana (also known as Gondwanaland) is the supercontinent that existed (primarily) in the southern hemisphere from about 350 to 150 million years ago, composed of what is now Australia and much of Africa, India, and South America. This oversized work examines Gondwana's geologic history and the fossilized evidence of its diverse life forms (with an emphasis on vertebrates) in light of recent discoveries. Background information on the history of scientific investigation of the supercontinent, geology and geologic time, problems of the fossil record, and the history of life make this work accessible to a wide audience. This new edition (1st, 1993) adds 15 pages of new discoveries, as well as correcting typographical errors and revising the systematic, geographic, and geologic index. This is a treasure trove of photographs, maps, charts, time lines, and drawings, as well as a source of concise but detailed scientific information. Written by a group of Australians, including paleontologists and photographers, it is an ideal beginning place for research on the subject. An extensive bibliography enhances its use as a reference source. Recommended for all libraries. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook, Choice, July 2000
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