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Fishes and the Break-up of Pangaea

Product Code: SP295
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by L Cavin, A Longbottom and M Richter
Publication Date: 21 May 2008
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This volume, in honour of Peter L. Forey, is about fishes as palaeobiogeographic indicators in the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The last 250 million years in the history of Earth have witnessed the break-up of Pangaea, affecting the biogeography of organisms. Fishes occupy almost all freshwater and marine environments, making them a good tool to assess palaeogeographic models.

The volume begins with studies of Triassic chondrichthyans and lungfishes, with reflections on Triassic palaeogeography. Phylogeny and distribution of Late Jurassic neoselachians and basal teleosts are broached, and are followed by five papers about the Cretaceous, dealing with SE Asian sharks, South American ray-finned fishes and coelacanths, European characiforms, and global fish palaeogeography. Then six papers cover Tertiary subjects, such as bony tongues, eels, cypriniforms and coelacanths.

There is generally a good fit between fish phylogenies and the evolution of the palaeogeographical pattern, although a few discrepancies question details of current palaeogeographic models and/or some aspects of fish phylogeny.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-248-X
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-248-9
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 396
Weight: 1.05 kg


• Peter L. Forey, B Gardiner & A Longbottom
• Fishes and the Break-up of Pangaea: an introduction, L Cavin, A Longbottom & M Richter

Setting up Pangaea: Triassic

• New eugeneodontid sharks from the Lower Triassic Sulphur Mountain Formation of Western Canada, R J Mutter & A G Neuman
• The first Triassic lungfish from South America (Santa Maria Formation, Parana´ Basin) and its bearing on geological correlations within Pangaea, M Richter & C E V Toledo

The Break-up of Pangaea: Jurassic and Cretaceous

• Diversity and biogeography patterns of Late Jurassic neoselachians (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii), J Kriwet & S Klug
• The varasichthyid and other crossognathiform fishes, and the Break-up of Pangaea, G Arratia
• Hybodont sharks from the lower Cretaceous Khok Kraut Formation of Thailand, and hybodont diversity during the Early Cretaceous, G Cuny, V Suteethorn, S Kamha & E Buffetaut
• New occurrence of Mawsonia (Sarcopterygii: Actinistia) from the Early Cretaceous of the Sanfranciscana Basin, Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, M S S De Carvalho & J G Maisey
• A new species of Placidichthys (Halecomorphi: Ionoscopiformes) from the Lower Cretaceous Marizal Formation, northeastern Brazil, with a review of the biogeographical distribution of the Ophiopsidae, P M Brito & J Alvarado-Ortega
• Cretaceous characiform fishes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi) from Northern Tethys: description of new material from the Maastrichtian of Provence (Southern France) and palaeobiogeographical implications, O Otero, X Valentin & G Garcia
• Palaeobiogeography of Cretaceous bony fishes (Actinistia, Dipnoi and Actinopterygii), L Cavin

Birth of the modern world: the Tertiary

• Osteoglossomorpha: phylogeny, biogeography, and fossil record and the significance of key African and Chinese fossil taxa, M V H Wilson & A M Murray
• Fossil Mooneyes (Teleostei: Hiodontiformes, Hiodontidae) from the Eocene of western North America, with a reassessment of their taxonomy, E J Hilton.& L Grande
• Osteoglossomorphs of the marine Lower Eocene of Denmark – with remarks on other
• Eocene taxa and their importance for palaeobiogeography, N Bonde
• New information on the cranial anatomy of the eel genus Echelus Rafinesque, 1810 (Ophichthidae: Anguilliformes) from the Early Eocene, S V T Young & R J Williams
• Fossil Cypriniformes from China and its adjacent areas and their palaeobiogeographical implications, M-M Chang & G Chen
• Can the comparative study of the morphology and histology of the scales of Latimeria menadoensis and L. chalumnae (Sarcopterygii: Actinistia, Coelacanthidae) bring new insight on the taxonomy and the biogeography of recent coelacanthids? F J Meunier, M V Erdmann, Y Fermon & R L Caldwell
• Index 


Alistair J. McGowen

Many of the researchers are well-known established researchers with excellent reputations for work on the particular fish groups that their chapter focus on. The quality of the photographic illustrations of specimens is uniformly high, and there are many excellent stipple drawings to interpret the specimens.

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