By Alexandra van der Geer, George Lyras, John de Vos, Michael Dermitzakis
Evolution on islands differs in a couple of very important methods from evolution on mainland areas. Over hundreds of thousands of years of isolation, unparalleled and infrequently strange mammals developed on islands, corresponding to pig-sized elephants and hippos, sizeable rats and gorilla-sized lemurs that will were daunting to their mainland ancestors.This well timed and cutting edge publication is the 1st to provide a much-needed synthesis of contemporary advances within the interesting box of the evolution and extinction of fossil insular placental mammals. It offers a entire evaluate of present wisdom on fossil island mammals world wide, starting from the Oligocene to the onset of the Holocene.The booklet addresses evolutionary procedures and key elements of insular mammal biology, exemplified via quite a few fossil species. The authors talk about the human think about prior extinction occasions and lack of insular biodiversity.This obtainable and richly illustrated textbook is written for graduate point scholars researchers in evolutionary biology, palaeontology, biogeography, zoology, and ecology.