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Main Title Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles [electronic resource] /
Author de la Fuente, Marcelo S.
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Sterli, Juliana.
Maniel, Ignacio.
Publisher Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2014
Call Number QE701-760
ISBN 9783319005188
Subjects Geography. ; Paleontology. ; Biological models. ; Evolution (Biology).
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Collation XI, 168 p. 46 illus. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Aquatic cryptodiran turtles: the most recent island hoppers -- Tortoises: the oldest island hoppers -- South Gondwanan pleurodiran turtles -- North Gondwanan Pleurodiran Turtles -- Meiolaniforms: an extinct lineage of turtles of Gondwanan origin -- Early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles. The extended continental South American turtle record (Norian to Lujanian) allows us to follow the evolution of this reptile clade from its origins. Several significant stem turtle taxa such as: Palaeochersis talampayensis and Condorchelys antiqua provide information on the first steps of turtle evolution. Others such as: Chubutemys copelloi or Patagoniaemys gasparinae provide clues to the origin of the bizarre horned tortoises of the clade Meiolaniidae. The panpleurodiran species such as Notoemys laticentralis or Notoemys zapatocaensis shed light on the origin of modern pleurodiran turtles. This book explores aquatic and terrestrial cryptodiran turtles, South Gondwana pleurodiran turtles, North Gondwana pleurodiran turtles; Meiolaniforms and early differentiation of Mesozoic turtles.