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Abiotic and Biotic Drivers of Turnover and Community Assembly in African Mammals

Abstract Climate and environmental forcing are widely accepted to be important drivers of evolutionary and ecological change in mammal communities over geologic time scales. This paradigm has been particularly influential in studies of the eastern African late Cenozoic fossil record, in which aridification, increasing seasonality, and C4 grassland expansion are seen as having shaped the major patterns of human and faunal evolution. Despite the ubiquity of studies linking climate and environmental forcing to evolutionary and ecological shifts in the mammalian fossil record, many central components of this paradigm remain untested or poorly developed. To fill this gap, this dissertation employs biogeographical and macroecological analyses of present-d... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Rowan, John (Author) / Reed, Kaye E (Advisor) / Campisano, Christopher J (Committee member) / Franklin, Janet (Committee member) / Marean, Curtis W (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Paleoecology / Paleontology / Ecology / Eastern Africa / Hominin / Human Evolution / Mammal Evolution / Paleoclimate / Plio-Pleistocene
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 250 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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