Biogeography and Ecology in South America by Dr. habil. H. Putzer (auth.), E. J. Fittkau, J. Illies, H.

By Dr. habil. H. Putzer (auth.), E. J. Fittkau, J. Illies, H. Klinge, G. H. Schwabe, H. Sioli (eds.)

With 'Biogeography and Ecology in South the USA' because the common subject matter, a complete of twenty-nine contributions through thirty authors is on the market right here in volumes, being volumes 18 and 19 of the Monographiae Biologicae. every one of these discussions care for decidedly professional issues and the editors were really involved to make sure that the authors loved the best attainable freedom within the training in their paintings so that various issues of view and interpretations, including a few questions of controversy, should be clarified. This additionally applies, in fact, to the various chapters during which common topics (geographical substance, weather, geology, plants, among others) are mentioned. because the volume of fabric to be had is simply too nice to let one to aspire to a presentation of the entire biogeographical and ecological photograph, this technique turns out expedient. notwithstanding, those volumes might good be considered as being a preparatory paintings for simply this kind of entire description. all of the separate technical contributions refers back to the continent as a complete, on the way to characterise it as such from the point of view of the professional. for that reason it used to be essential to forgo distinctive discussions of specific areas or varieties of panorama, even though South the United States of all areas is remarkably wealthy in particular neighborhood phenom­ ena, the altiplano of Peru and Bolivia, the relict forests of Fray Jorge, the shrub formations of Tierra del Fuego, the lakes of the excessive Andes, for example.

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This conclusion seems unavoidable, especially if the great similarity of the facies is taken into consideration. As it is, the Ponta Grossa fauna has more species in common with the Lower Devonian fauna of the Falkland Islands than with that of the Bokkeveld beds. This was of course also known to Du TOIT who therefore placed, in his reconstruction of Gondwanaland, the Falkland Islands between the Cape and Argentina. The fact that the Falkland Islands are sitting on the South American shelf speaks against this interpretation.

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