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Evolution on islands differs in a number of important ways fromevolution on mainland areas. Over millions of years ofisolation, exceptional and sometimes bizarre mammals evolved onislands, such as pig-sized elephants and hippos, giant rats andgorilla-sized lemurs that would have been formidable to theirmainland ancestors. This timely and innovative book is the first to offer amuch-needed synthesis of recent advances in the exciting field ofthe evolution and extinction of fossil insular placental mammals.It provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on fossilisland mammals…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Evolution on islands differs in a number of important ways fromevolution on mainland areas. Over millions of years ofisolation, exceptional and sometimes bizarre mammals evolved onislands, such as pig-sized elephants and hippos, giant rats andgorilla-sized lemurs that would have been formidable to theirmainland ancestors. This timely and innovative book is the first to offer amuch-needed synthesis of recent advances in the exciting field ofthe evolution and extinction of fossil insular placental mammals.It provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on fossilisland mammals worldwide, ranging from the Oligocene to the onsetof the Holocene. The book addresses evolutionary processes and key aspects ofinsular mammal biology, exemplified by a variety of fossil species.The authors discuss the human factor in past extinction events andloss of insular biodiversity. This accessible and richly illustrated textbook is written forgraduate level students and professional researchers inevolutionary biology, palaeontology, biogeography, zoology, andecology.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 476
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juli 2010
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781444323993
  • Artikelnr.: 37341263
Autorenporträt
Alexandra van der Geer is an independent researcher, presently guest researcher at Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History of the Netherlands and at the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment at the University of Athens, Greece. She publishes on various subjects, including insularity, primatology and the relation between humans and animals. Among her previous books are Animals in Stone and Hoe dieren op eilanden evolueren. George Lyras is curator of the Museum of Geology and Palaeontology of the University of Athens, Greece. His research focuses primarily on the evolution of carnivores and of insular mammals. He currently specialises in evolutionary processes of the mammalian skull under strong selective forces. John de Vos is curator of the Dubois Collection and the Collection of Pleistocene mammal fossils from the Netherlands and the North Sea at Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History of the Netherlands. His expertise and field of research include the taxonomic, systematic, geographic and stratigraphic research of the Pleistocene mammals of Southeast Asia in relation to fossil humans and fossil island faunas. Michael Dermitzakis is emeritus professor in the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment at the University of Athens, Greece, and former vice-rector of the same university. He is a recognized expert in the field of island biogeography of the Aegean Archipelago and the advocate of international research on the palaeo-ecology of Greek islands.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface Part I Beyond the Mainland 1 Introduction 2 History of Island Studies 3 Factors that Influence Island Faunas 4 Cyprus 5 Crete 6 Gargano 7 Sicily 8 Malta 9 Sardinia and Corsica 10 The Balearic Islands 11 Madagascar 12 Java 13 Flores 14 Sulawesi 15 The Philippines 16 Japan 17 The Southern and Central Ryukyu Islands 18 The Californian Channel Islands 19 The West Indies Part III Species and Processes 20 Elephants
Mammoths
Stegodons and Mastodons 21 Rabbits
Hares and Pikas 22 Rats
Dormice
Hamsters
Caviomorphs and other Rodents 23 Insectivores and Bats 24 Cervids and Bovids 25 Hippopotamuses and Pigs 26 Carnivores 27 Patterns and Trends 28 Evolutionary Processes in Island Environments 29 Extinction of Insular Endemics References Index

Part IChapter 1 IntroductionChapter 2 History of Island StudiesChapter 3 Factors that Influence Island FaunasPart IIChapter 4 CyprusChapter 5 CreteChapter 6 GarganoChapter 7 SicilyChapter 8 MaltaChapter 9 Sardinia and CorsicaChapter 10 The Balearic IslandsChapter 11 MadagascarChapter 12 JavaChapter 13 FloresChapter 14 SulawesiChapter 15 The PhilippinesChapter 16 JapanChapter 17 The Southern and Central Ryukyu IslandsChapter 18 The Californian Channel IslandsChapter 19 The Greater AntillesChapter 20 The Lesser AntillesPart IIIChapter 21 An Overview of Endemic SpeciesChapter 22 Speciation Processes in Island EnvironmentsChapter 23 The Island Rule: Dwarfism and GigantismChapter 24 Parallel Patterns and TrendsChapter 25 Extinction of Island MammalsReferencesIndex
Rezensionen
"This superb book looks at the evolution, and extinction, of placentals ranging from the Oligocene to the present . . . a well published textbook, superbly illustrated with drawings and photographs, that it would be fun to read through a little before sticking it on my shelf as a reference book for the future." -- Troglodyte4, 2010