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vi, 174 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm.
  • Preface
  • Introduction / H. Gregory McDonald, John M. Harris, Emily Lindsey
  • The Owls (Aves: Strigiformes) of Rancho La Brea / Kenneth E. Campbell, Jr., and Zbigniew M. Bochenski
  • Microevolution of Jaw Shape in the Dire Wolf, Canis dirus, at Rancho La Brea / Alexandria L. Brannick, Julie A. Meachen, and F. Robin O'Keefe
  • A Pathological Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) Femur from Rancho La Brea Indicates Extended Survival After Traumatic Amputation Injury / Eric Scott, Elizabeth Rega, Kim Scott, Bryan Bennett, and Stuart Sumida
  • Dental Microwear Textures of Carnivorans from the La Brea Tar Pits, California, and Potential Extinction Implications / Larisa R. G. DeSantis, Blaine W. Schubert, Elizabeth Schmitt-Linville, Peter S. Ungar, Shelly L. Donohue, and Ryan J. Haupt
  • The Bacula of Rancho La Brea / Adam Hartstone-Rose, Robert G. Dundas, Bryttin Boyde, Ryan C. Long, Aisling B. Farrell, and Christopher A. Shaw
  • Last Years of Life and Season of Death of a Columbian Mammoth from Rancho La Brea / Joseph J. El Adli, Michael D. Cherney, Daniel C. Fisher, John M. Harris, Aisling B. Farrell, and Shelley M. Cox
  • Equus occidentalis Leidy from "Asphalto," Kern County, California / Kristen E. Brown, William A. Akersten, and Eric Scott
  • The Addition of Smilodon fatalis (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) to the Biota of the Late Pleistocene Carpinteria Asphalt Deposits in California, with Ontogenetic and Ecologic Implications for the Species / Christopher A. Shaw and James P. Quinn
  • Perusing Talara: Overview of the Late Pleistocene Fossils from the Tar Seeps of Peru / Kevin L. Seymour
  • "Tar Pits" of the Western Neotropics: Paleoecology, Taphonomy, and Mammalian Biogeography / Emily L. Lindsey and Kevin L. Seymour
  • A New Mammal Assemblage from the Late Pleistocene El Breal de Orocual, Northeast of Venezuela / Andrés Solórzano, Ascanio D. Rincón, and H. Gregory McDonald
  • Sample Preparation for Radiocarbon Dating and Isotopic Analysis of Bone from Rancho La Brea / Benjamin T. Fuller, John M. Harris, Aisling B. Farrell, Gary Takeuchi, and John R. Southon
  • New Technique to Remove Asphalt from Microfossil-rich Matrix from Rancho La Brea / Karin Rice, Alex Sessions, Katherine Lai, and Gary T. Takeuchi
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xix, 202 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • PREFACE -- 1. The Inverted Panda -- 2. And the World Changed Forever -- 3. At the Lake's Edge -- 4. The first humans -- 5. Middle Earth: The home of the first humans -- 6. The Drying World of the Middle Pleistocene -- 7. The Rain Chasers - Solutions in a Drying World -- 8. The Exceptional World of the Neanderthal -- 9. Global Expansion of the Rain Chasers -- 10. Nature's Driving Force -- 11. Australia -- 12. From Lake Chad to Puritjarra and beyond -- 13. The Improbable Primate Revisited.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199658794 20160613
In this fresh and provocative view of a seven-million-year evolutionary journey, Finlayson demonstrates the radical implications for the interpretation of fossils and technologies and shows that understanding humans within an ecological context provides insights into the emergence and spread of Homo sapiens worldwide. Finlayson argues that environmental change, particularly availability of water, played a critical role in shaping the direction of human evolution, contributing to our spread and success. He argues that our ancestors carved a niche for themselves by leaving the forest and forcing their way into a long-established community of carnivores in a tropical savannah as climate changes opened up the landscape. They took their chance at high noon, when most other predators were asleep. Adapting to this new lifestyle by shedding their hair and developing an active sweating system to keep cool, being close to fresh water was vital. As the climate dried, our ancestors, already bipedal, became taller and slimmer, more adept at travelling farther in search of water. The challenges of seeking water in a drying landscape moulded the minds and bodies of early humans, and directed their migrations and eventual settlements.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199658794 20160613
Science Library (Li and Ma)
xii, 142 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm.
  • Part I. The Natural Environment and Biogeography of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. 1. The modern landscape of the Olympic Peninsula ; 2. Geology and historical biogeography of the Olympic Peninsula
  • Part II. Postglacial Paleoclimate and Environmental Change on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. 3. Postglacial climate on the Olympic Peninsula ; 4. Late Quaternary vegetation and fire history of the Olympic Peninsula ; 5. Brief review of the archaeological record in a context of environmental change ; 6. Insights and future research needs.
This study brings together decades of research on the modern natural environment of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, reviews past research on paleoenvironmental change since the Late Pleistocene, and finally presents paleoecological records of changing forest composition and fire over the last 14,000 years. The focus of this study is on the authors' studies of five pollen records from the Olympic Peninsula. Maps and other data graphics are used extensively. Paleoecology can effectively address some of these challenges we face in understanding the biotic response to climate change and other agents of change in ecosystems. First, species responses to climate change are mediated by changing disturbance regimes. Second, biotic hotspots today suggest a long-term maintenance of diversity in an area, and researchers approach the maintenance of diversity from a wide range and angles (CITE). Mountain regions may maintain biodiversity through significant climate change in 'refugia': locations where components of diversity retreat to and expand from during periods of unfavorable climate (Keppel et al., 2012). Paleoecological studies can describe the context for which biodiversity persisted through time climate refugia. Third, the paleoecological approach is especially suited for long-lived organisms. For example, a tree species that may typically reach reproductive sizes only after 50 years and remain fertile for 300 years, will experience only 30 to 200 generations since colonizing a location after Holocene warming about 11,000 years ago. Thus, by summarizing community change through multiple generations and natural disturbance events, paleoecological studies can examine the resilience of ecosystems to disturbances in the past, showing how many ecosystems recover quickly while others may not (Willis et al., 2010).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319110134 20160618
Science Library (Li and Ma)
150 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction / D. Paddy Sleeman and Jens Carlsson
  • Ireland, an unexpected focus for genetic biodiversity and the ecological implications / D. Paddy Sleeman
  • The use of genetics to infer the origins of the terrestrial and freshwater element of the Irish fauna / Jens Carlsson, Tom F. Cross, Philip McGinnity, Paulo A. Prodöhl, and Allan D. McDevitt
  • Ireland's native mammals : a survey of the archaeological record / Peter C. Woodman
  • The origin of the Irish avifauna : a perspective from island biogeography theory / Thomas C. Kelly, Patrick Smiddy, and Conor T. Graham
  • The Eurasian crane (Grus grus) in Ireland : another extinct bird or a key species for an ancient belief system? / Lorcán O'Toole
  • Post-glaciation plant colonization of Ireland : fresh insights from An Loch Mór, Inis Oírr, western Ireland / Karen Molloy and Michael O'Connell
  • Breeding birds in Ireland : success and failure among colonists / Patrick Smiddy
  • What Ireland's soil macroinvertebrate fauna can tell us about postglacial colonization / Ruth Roland and Thomas Bolger
  • Never mind the gap : climate, rather than insularity, may limit Ireland's species richness / Simon Harrison
  • Did melting ice sheets create temporary low-salinity corridors that facilitated the natural colonization of Ireland by stenohaline fishes? / Declan T.G. Quigley
  • Origin of the Holocene mammals of these islands / W. Ian Montgomery.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
138 p. : ill., maps (part col.) ; 27 cm.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
p. 255-265 : ill. ; 26 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Science Library (Li and Ma)
217-237, [2] p. pl. lxvii-lxxv 24 cm.
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