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Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America (Life of the Past) Hardcover – May 22, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Life of the Past
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253002303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253002303
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overall, [this] is an enjoyable read that provides a substantial amount of detail on the biology, ecology, and distribution of these fantastic animals.... Highly recommended." —Choice



"The history of the South American megafauna is a fascinating topic. For much of the Cenozoic Era South America was an island continent in which the carnivores were all marsupials and the herbivores were primitive ungulates that evolved into forms functionally similar to unrelated animals found elsewhere in the world. [They] were a unique blend of indigenous and immigrant animals that had apparently reached equilibrium in the wake of the Great American Interchange. When and why many of them subsequently went extinct has yet to be fully resolved." —John Harris, Chief Curator of the George Page Natural History Museum



"Collectively, this book brings attention to the discovery and natural history of ancient beasts in South America while providing a broader temporal and geographic background that allows readers to understand their evolution and potential immigration to South America." —Quarterly Review of Biology



"These bizarre beasts are wonderful exemplars of parallel evolution, controversial in their implications for competition/extinction... and just plain intriguing!" —Donald Prothero, author of After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals

About the Author

Richard A.Fariña is Professor of Paleontology at the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. He has also published science books for a general readership and collaborated in TV documentaries on the subjects of his expertise.

Sergio F. Vizcaíno is Professor of Vertebrate Zoology at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas working at the Museo de La Plata, Argentina. His research focuses on the paleobiology of South American fossil vertebrates, mostly mammals. He has participated in numerous field work seasons in Argentina and Antarctica. He was the President of the Asociación Paleontologica Argentina.

Gerry De Iuliis is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.


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Richard A. Fariña (please don't forget the tilde above the n) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1957. As a child, he wanted to become a football (=soccer) player. When he realised his skills fell short of his dreams, chose to study science.
He's married to colleague Ángeles Beri and has a daughter, Eva (who, by the way, decided to be NOT a scientist but an artist...). He lectures palaeontology in the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo. As a researcher, he likes to be cautiously daring. Sometimes he achieves it.
He enjoys writing scientific papers as well as popular books, like the awarded "Hace Sólo Diez Mil Años" (with Sergio Vizcaíno, Fin de Siglo, in its 6th edition), "Megafauna para niños" (with Mariana Di Giacomo and Mauro Muyano, Fin de Siglo) and "Megafauna. Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America" (with Sergio Vizcaíno and Gerry de Iuliis). He also performed and directed science documentaries.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tyrannomyrmex on July 9, 2013
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South America was isolated for a long time in the Cenozoic. This explains, in part, the rich and diverse fauna that evolved only in this continent. Despite this, there are few books dealing with the history of the South American fauna or flora. The book of Pleistocene mammals of Fariña, Vizcaino and De Iuliis is a notable exception. In its 9 chapters and 436 pages the authors introduce us to the world of paleontology, geology and ecology in the subcontinent, the "great" exchange of Pleistocene fauna, and other issues such as physics of giants, paleoecology and extinctions. For those interested in history and biogeography of South America, and the mammals in particular, this is a good book plenty on information, and one more addition to the excellent series of paleobiology of Indiana University Press.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Nicholson on August 29, 2013
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What we now call South America was for millions of years an isolated continent, much like Australia today where animal populations, largely Marsupial, without competing influences from any adjoining land masses evolved in unique and amazing ways and attained great sizes in some cases. This book explores the fossil record left behind by these animals which went into rapid decline once South America collided with the North American land mass and the Central American land bridge formed affording Mammalian species that evolved in other places to invade and in most cases cause the extinction of the Marsupial species.
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By Ulla Bucko on May 11, 2014
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Good service,needed the book for a gift, The person I gave it to was happy, happy happy happy und hat sich gefreut
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