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Eocene-Oligocene Climatic and Biotic Evolution

Princeton Series in Geology and Paleontology

Format: Hardback
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 23rd Jun 1992
Dimensions: w 223mm h 285mm
Weight: 1758g
ISBN-10: 0691087385
ISBN-13: 9780691087382
Barcode No: 9780691087382
The transition from the Eocene to the Oligocene epoch was the most significant event in Earth history since the extinction of dinosaurs. As the first Antarctic ice sheets appeared, major extinctions and faunal turnovers took place in the land and in the sea, eliminating forms adapted to a tropical world and replacing them with the ancestors of most of our modern animal and plant life. Through a detailed study of climatic conditions and of organisms buried in Eocene-Oligocene sediments, this volume shows that the separation of Antarctica from Australia was a critical factor in changing oceanic circulation and ultimately world climate. In this book, contributors examine the full range of Eocene and Oligocene phenomena. Their articles cover nearly every major group of organisms in the ocean and on land and include evidence from palaeontology, stable isotopes, sedimentology, seismology and computer climatic modelling. The volume concludes with an update of the geochronological framework of the late Palaeogenic period.

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