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Amazonia, Landscape and Species Evolution: A Look into the Past Hardcover – February 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1405181136 ISBN-10: 1405181133 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


"The volume edited by Hoorn & Wesselingh is a must read for everyone studying geology and palaeontology of Amazonia . . . Therefore, the reviewer feels it necessary to recommended this volume strongly for all specialists in Cenozoic palaeoenvironments." (Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, 1 January 2011)

"In this comprehensive book, a wealth of detailed information integrates what we know of geological and climatic processes and the evolution of the tremendous biodiversity of the Amazonian region . . . This book will be a vital reference for Amazonian researchers and aficionados for many years to come. Current Amazonian researchers and any student contemplating graduate study in Amazonian geology, paleontology, phylogeography, or evolution should read this volume from cover to cover." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 June 2011)

"Recommenced. Academic audiences, upper-division undergraduates." (Choice, October 2010)

From the Back Cover

Amazonia, Landscape and Species Evolution is written with the following aims:
  • to explain the geological processes that formed Amazonia;
  • to explore the extent to which Amazonian biodiversity can be explained through pre-Quaternary processes;
  • to show how our understanding of the evolution of the Amazonian landscape, flora and fauna can be improved by combining geological and biological research;
  • to provide a starting point for future research in Amazonia.

The book focuses on geological history as the critical factor in determining the present biodiversity and landscapes of Amazonia. We explore the different driving mechanisms for landscape evolution by reviewing the history of the Amazonian Craton, the associated sedimentary basins, and the role of mountain uplift and climate change.

Throughout the book we provide an insight into the Meso- and Cenozoic record of Amazonia that was characterized by fluvial and long-lived lake systems and a highly diverse flora and fauna. This fauna includes giants such as the ca. 12 m long caiman Purussaurus, but also a varied fish fauna and fragile molluscs, whilst fossil pollen and spores form relics of ancestral swamps and rainforests.

We also review the molecular datasets of the modern Amazonian rainforest and aquatic ecosystem, and discuss the possible relations between the origin of Amazonian species diversity and the palaeogeographic, palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental evolution of northern South America. The multidisciplinary approach in evaluating the history of Amazonia has resulted in a comprehensive volume that provides novel insights into the evolution of this region.

The book is written by leading scientists of the Amazonian research community and, whilst serving as reference to all scientists working in the region, will be of particular interest to students and researchers concerned with the natural history of the region. Potential readers will include geologists, geographers and biologists who wish to understand the evolution of landscapes and biota of this unique region.


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