Urumaco and Venezuelan Paleontology: The Fossil Record of the Northern Neotropics

Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Orangel A. Aguilera, Alfredo A. Carlini
Indiana University Press, Jul 16, 2010 - 304 páginas

Urumaco and Venezuelan Paleontology offers a synthesis of the paleontological record of Venezuela, including new discoveries on stratigraphy, paleobotany, fossil invertebrates, and vertebrates. Besides providing a critical summary of the record of decapods, fishes, crocodiles, turtles, rodents, armadillos, and ungulates, several chapters introduce new information on the distribution and paleobiology of groups not previously studied in this part of the world. Given its position in the northern neotropics, close to the Panamanian land bridge, Venezuela is a key location for understanding faunal exchanges between the Americas in the recent geological past. The book reviews the recent paleobotanical and vertebrate fossil record of the region, provides an understanding of Pleistocene climatic change and biogeography for the last few thousand years, and integrates new information with summaries of Spanish language works on Venezuelan geology and paleontology.


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A Brief Introduction
2 A Short History of the Study of Venezuelan Vertebrate Fossils
3 The Fossil Vertebrate Record of Venezuela of the Last 65 Million Years
4 Paleoenvironmental Trends in Venezuela during the Last Glacial Cycle
A Natural Laboratory for the Biogeographical and Evolutionary Study of the Neotropical Flora
6 Mesozoic and Cenozoic Decapod Crustaceans from Venezuela and Related TraceFossil Assemblages
7 Venezuelan Caribbean and Orinocoan Neogene Fish
8 Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Environments of Miocene Shallow to Marginal Marine Deposits in the Urumaco Trough Falcón Basin Western Vene...
The Urumaco Sequence Fauna and Finds from Other Localities in Venezuela and Colombia
10 Fossil Crocodylians from Venezuela in the Context of South American Faunas
11 Fossil Rodents from the Late Miocene Urumaco and Middle Miocene Cumaca Formations Venezuela
Biogeographical Clues from Venezuela
13 The South American Native Ungulates of the Urumaco Formation
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Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra is Assistant Professor of Paleontology at the University of ZÃ1⁄4rich.

Orangel A. Aguilera is Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Francisco de Miranda in Coro.

Alfredo A. Carlini is a researcher at the Argentinean Research Council (CONICET) and a faculty member of the Universidad de La Plata in Argentina.

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