Effects of Pleistocene environmental changes on the distribution and community structure of the mammalian fauna of Mexico

  title={Effects of Pleistocene environmental changes on the distribution and community structure of the mammalian fauna of Mexico},
  author={Gerardo Ceballos and Joaqu{\'i}n Arroyo‐Cabrales and Eduardo Ponce},
  journal={Quaternary Research},
  pages={464 - 473}

Quaternary Mammals, People, and Climate Change: A View from Southern North America

The Pleistocene and modern mammal faunas of southern North America strongly differ in taxonomic makeup, distribution, and physiognomy. The former faunal complexes are part of the ancient landscape in

Ecological distribution of Stephanodiscus niagarae Ehrenberg in central Mexico and niche modeling for its last glacial maximum habitat suitability in the Nearctic realm

Stephanodiscus niagarae Ehrenberg is currently restricted to specific regions of central Mexico, however, during the late Pleistocene, it had a wider distribution in the country. This change in

Paleobiology of a large mammal community from the late Pleistocene of Sonora, Mexico

Abstract A paleontological deposit near San Clemente de Térapa represents one of the very few Rancholabrean North American Land Mammal Age sites within Sonora, Mexico. During that time, grasslands

Comparative historical biogeography of three groups of Nearctic freshwater fishes across central Mexico.

The most recent common ancestor of each of the three freshwater fish groups diversified in central Mexico in the Late Miocene, but the lack of a strong congruence in their biogeographic patterns, and the differences in species richness among the three clades might be evidence for distinct patterns of diversification.

Getting western: biogeographical analysis of morphological variation, mitochondrial haplotypes and nuclear markers reveals cryptic species and hybrid zones in the Junonia butterflies of the American southwest and Mexico

It is argued that all five Junonia taxa are independent evolutionary lineages, and differences in morphology, life‐history traits, nuclear genotypes and mitochondrial haplotypes suggest that they are a cryptic species pair, thus elevating J. grisea comb.

Species Diversity and Paleoecology of Late Pleistocene Horses From Southern Mexico

Equids are among the most common mammals found in faunal assemblages of Late Pleistocene age in Mexico. Much of what is known about the Equus species is the result of studies conducted in central and

Historical relationships of the Mesoamerican highlands, with emphasis on tropical montane cloud forests: a temporal cladistic biogeographical analysis

The historical relationships of nine areas of endemism of the tropical montane cloud forests (TMCFs) were analysed based on a temporal cladistic biogeographical approach. Three cladistic

Genetic data suggest a natural prehuman origin of open habitats in northern Madagascar and question the deforestation narrative in this region

It is shown that contrary to most regions of Madagascar, the forest cover in Daraina remained remarkably stable over the past 60 y, and the golden-crowned sifaka, a forest-dwelling lemur, underwent a strong population contraction before the arrival of the first humans, hence excluding an anthropogenic cause.

Complex evolutionary history of the Mexican stoneroller Campostoma ornatum Girard, 1856 (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae)

The results indicate that there was isolation between the northern and southern phylogroups since the Pliocene, which was related to the formation of the ancient Nazas River paleosystem, where the southern group originated.



Montane Mammalian Biogeography in New Mexico

The validity of vicariance in explaining disjunctions in distributions of montane species is substantiated by numerical analyses of the montane mammalian fauna of New Mexico, and a vicariant explanation of Pleistocene biogeography in the Southern Rocky Mountains of NewMexico is supported.

Exceptional record of mid-Pleistocene vertebrates helps differentiate climatic from anthropogenic ecosystem perturbations.

  • A. BarnoskyC. Bell Alan B. Shabel
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2004
It is concluded that climatic warming primarily affected mammals of lower trophic and size categories, in contrast to documented human impacts on higher tropho-size categories historically.

Spatial Response of Mammals to Late Quaternary Environmental Fluctuations

Analyses of fossil mammal faunas from 2945 localities in the United States demonstrate that the geographic ranges of individual species shifted at different times, in different directions, and at

Mammals on Mountaintops: Nonequilibrium Insular Biogeography

  • James H. Brown
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    The American Naturalist
  • 1971
Paleontological evidence suggests that the mountains were colonized by a group of species during the Pleistocene when the climatic barriers that currently isolate them were abolished, and subsequent to isolation of the mountains, extinctions have reduced the faunal diversity to present levels.

Biological diversity of Mexico: origins and distribution.

This volume presents a collection of selected papers that explore Mexico's biological abundance, providing the much-needed basic data that will help conservation policymakers assess and respond to Mexico's ecological evolution.

Phylogeography and pleistocene evolution in the North American black bear.

Congruence between the pattern of diversity observed in black bears and patterns of forest refuge formation during the Pleistocene supports earlier speculation that Pleistsocene forest fragmentations underlie a common pattern in the phylogeography of North American forest taxa.

Assessing the Causes of Late Pleistocene Extinctions on the Continents

Evidence now supports the idea that humans contributed to extinction on some continents, but human hunting was not solely responsible for the pattern of extinction everywhere, and suggests that the intersection of human impacts with pronounced climatic change drove the precise timing and geography of extinction in the Northern Hemisphere.

The implications of disharmonious assemblages for Pleistocene extinctions

Contemporary Neotropical Defaunation and Forest Structure, Function, and Diversity—A Sequel to John Terborgh*

A series of long-term studies on the demography of tree seedlings and patterns of herbivory in the forest understory have been carried out at the Los Tuxtlas Tropical Research Station (southern