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Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America (Life of the Past) by [Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, Gerry De Iuliis, Sebastián Tambusso]

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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.

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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.

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The conversational tone in this volume makes it a pleasure to read. I recommend this book for anyone interested in paleontology, students new to the subject, graduate students, and researchers who want to become well grounded in late Neogene paleontology of both Americas.

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

"This is an excellent volume. Its structure is complex, serving well the multitude of topics the authors managed to treat in a reader-friendly, yet rigorous manner that will satisfy both specialists and general paleontologists and the educated reader. . . This book is likely to facilitate progress in the understanding of fossil mammals from the Americas."

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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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00BIP23KQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Indiana University Press; Illustrated edition (May 22, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 22, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 15550 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 833 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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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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