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Author Fuente, Marcelo de la,
Title Origin, evolution and biogeographic history of South American turtles / Marcelo S. de la Fuente, Juliana Sterli, Ignacio Maniel.
Imprint Cham : Springer, 2014.

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Author Fuente, Marcelo de la,
Series Springer Earth System Sciences
Springer earth system sciences.
Subject Turtles -- South America.
Turtles -- Anatomy.
Turtles -- Evolution.
Alt Name Sterli, Juliana,
Maniel, Ignacio,
Description 1 online resource (xi, 168 pages) : illustrations.
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Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed October 21, 2013).
ISBN 9783319005188 (electronic bk.)
3319005189 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-00518-8
OCLC # 862819850

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