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Methods in Paleoecology, 1st ed. 2018 Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series

Langue : Anglais

Coordonnateurs : Croft Darin A., Su Denise F., Simpson Scott W.

Couverture de l’ouvrage Methods in Paleoecology

This volume focuses on the reconstruction of past ecosystems and provides a comprehensive review of current techniques and their application in exemplar studies. The 18 chapters address a wide variety of topics that span vertebrate paleobiology and paleoecology (body mass, postcranial functional morphology, evolutionary dental morphology, microwear and mesowear, ecomorphology, mammal community structure analysis), contextual paleoenvironmental studies (paleosols and sedimentology, ichnofossils, pollen, phytoliths, plant macrofossils), and special techniques (bone microstructure, biomineral isotopes, inorganic isotopes, 3-D morphometrics, and ecometric modeling). A final chapter discusses how to integrate results of these studies with taphonomic data in order to more accurately characterize an ancient ecosystem.

Current investigators, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students interested in the field of paleoecology will find this book immensely useful. The length and structure of the volume also makes it suitable for teaching a college-level course on reconstructing Cenozoic ecosystems.

1 Introduction to Paleoecological Reconstruction
Darin A. Croft, Denise F. Su, and Scott W. Simpson.-

2 Estimation of Body Size in Fossil Mammals
Samantha S.B. Hopkins.-

3 Functional Morphology of the Postcranial Skeleton
Rachel H. Dunn.-

4 Evolutionary Dental Morphology
Alistair R. Evans and Silvia Pineda-Munoz.-

5 Using Dental Mesowear and Microwear for Dietary Inference: A Review of Current Techniques and Applications
Jeremy L. Green and Darin A. Croft.-

6 Permanent Record: The Use of Dental and Bone Microstructure to Assess Life History Evolution and Ecology
Russell Hogg.-

7 Isotopic Ecology from Biominerals
Pennilyn Higgins.-

8 Reconstructing Terrestrial Paleoenvironments Using Sedimentary Organic Biomarkers
Melissa A. Berke.-

9 Paleopedology as a Tool for Reconstructing Paleoenvironments and 
Emily J. Beverly, William E. Lukens, and Gary E. Stinchcomb.-

10 The Role of Continental Trace Fossils in Cenozoic Paleoenvironmental and Paleoecological Reconstructions
Daniel Hembree.-

11 Fossil Pollen and Spores in Paleoecology
Luke Mander and Surangi W. Punyasena.-

12 Phytoliths in Paleoecology: Analytical Considerations, Current Use, and Future Directions
Caroline A.E. Strömberg, Regan E. Dunn, Camilla Crifò, and Elisha B. Harris.-

13 Reconstructing Paleoclimate and Paleoecology Using Fossil 
Daniel J. Peppe, Aly Baumgartner, Andrew Flynn, and Benjamin Blonder.-

14 Three-Dimensional Geometric Morphometrics in Paleoecology
Sabrina C. Curran.-

15 Ecomorphology
W. Andrew Barr.-

16 Mammal Community Structure Analysis
Kris Kovarovic, Denise F. Su, and Kari Lintulaakso.-

17 Ecometrics: A Trait-based Approach to Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
Wesley A. Vermillion, P. David Polly, Jason J. Head, Jussi T. Eronen, and A. Michelle Lawing.-

18 Summary and Synthesis
 Denise F. Su and Darin A. Croft.- 

Dr. Darin A. Croft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Scott Simpson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Denise F. Su is the Curator and Head of Paleobotany and Paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Examines the role of trace fossils, fossil leaves and paleosols in paleoclimate and paleoecological reconstruction 

Demonstrates special techniques such as geometric morphometrics, isotope analysis of biominerals, and analysis of dental tissue to understand past climate and environmental conditions

Reviews exhaustively the key recent research in organismal approaches used to reconstruct Cenozoic ecosystems
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