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A Fossil History of Southern African Land Mammals


  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108480888

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  • This reference provides comprehensive information on the taxonomy and distribution in time and space of all currently recognized southern African fossil mammals. After an introductory background chapter on southern Africa, mammals, sites and dating, the following chapters are presented by epoch, covering the Eocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene and Holocene. Individual maps provide information on where in the landscape specific taxa have been found, and a comprehensive index lists all the fauna and site locations. The book ends with a chapter on how the book can be used, and lines of future research. Collecting a vast amount of information together in an accessible format, this is an essential reference for non-specialist taxonomists and palaeontologists, as well as for those using fossil data for other applications, such as archaeology, neontology and nature conservation. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

    • Organized by age, taxonomy and location, readers can access relevant data by cross-referencing
    • Provides species lists for each site from which fossil mammals have been recovered which enables readers to check where taxa were found, as well as distributional information for each taxon
    • Contains extensive reference lists which allow readers to check information regarding each taxon and site
    • This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108480888
    • dimensions: 262 x 187 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.8kg
    • contains: 1003 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Background
    2. The Eocene
    3. The Miocene
    4. The Pliocene
    5. The Pleistocene
    6. The Holocene
    7. Present and future

  • Author

    D. Margaret Avery, Iziko Museums of South Africa
    D. Margaret Avery is Emeritus Associate of Cenozioc Studies at Iziko Museums of South Africa, and Honorary Researcher Associate at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of Witwatersrand. Her research interests include understanding the background of human evolution, as well as modern micromammals. She was the President of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) between 2011 and 2015; and is General Secretary of the Royal Society of South Africa.

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