The Great American Biotic Interchange

A South American Perspective
Author: Alberto Luis Cione,Germán Mariano Gasparini,Esteban Soibelzon,Leopoldo Hector Soibelzon,Eduardo Pedro Tonni
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401797927
Category: Science
Page: 97
View: 7870
South American ecosystems suffered one of the greatest biogeographical events, after the establishment of the Panamian land bridge, called the “Great American Biotic Interchange” (GABI). This refers to the exchange, in several phases, of land mammals between the Americas; this event started during the late Miocene with the appearance of the Holartic Procyonidae (Huayquerian Age) in South America and continues today. The major phases of mammalian dispersal occurred from the Latest Pliocene (Marplatan Age) to the Late Pleistocene (Lujanian Age). The most important and richest localities of Late Miocene-Holocene fossil vertebrates of South America are those of the Pampean region of Argentina. There are also several Late Miocene and Pliocene localities in western Argentina and Bolivia. Other important fossils have been collected in localities of Pleistocene age outside Argentina: Tarija (Bolivia), karstic caves of Lagoa Santa and the recently explored caves of Tocantins (Brasil), Talara (Perú), La Carolina (Ecuador), Muaco (Venezuela), and Cueva del Milodon (Chile), among others. The book discusses basic information for interpreting the GABI such as taxonomic composition (incorporating the latest revisions) at classical and new localities for each stage addressing climate, environments, and time boundaries for each stage. It includes the chronology and dynamics of the GABI, the integration of South American mammalian faunas through time, the Quaternary mammalian extinctions and the composition of recent mammalian fauna of the continent.

Mires -- Swamp, Bog, Fen, and Moor

Author: Anthony John Poynter Gore
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Category: Wetland ecology
Page: N.A
View: 3541

Evolution of Hydrothermal Ecosystems on Earth (and Mars?)

Author: CIBA Foundation Symposium
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047051499X
Category: Science
Page: 346
View: 5605
This book explores the possibility that life exists on Mars. It provides an interdisciplinary overview of the early evolution of life in hydrothermal ecosystems on Earth, focusing on the problem of remote sensing and incorporating geological work relevant to the search for evidence of early life on Earth and Mars. It discusses the belief that studying thermal spring deposits as part of this search may be the best opportunity to test whether life on earth is a "unique experiment," or whether there is life elsewhere in the solar system.

American Megafaunal Extinctions at the End of the Pleistocene

Author: Gary Haynes
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402087936
Category: Science
Page: 201
View: 3848
The volume contains summaries of facts, theories, and unsolved problems pertaining to the unexplained extinction of dozens of genera of mostly large terrestrial mammals, which occurred ca. 13,000 calendar years ago in North America and about 1,000 years later in South America. Another equally mysterious wave of extinctions affected large Caribbean islands around 5,000 years ago. The coupling of these extinctions with the earliest appearance of human beings has led to the suggestion that foraging humans are to blame, although major climatic shifts were also taking place in the Americas during some of the extinctions. The last published volume with similar (but not identical) themes -- Extinctions in Near Time -- appeared in 1999; since then a great deal of innovative, exciting new research has been done but has not yet been compiled and summarized. Different chapters in this volume provide in-depth resumés of the chronology of the extinctions in North and South America, the possible insights into animal ecology provided by studies of stable isotopes and anatomical/physiological characteristics such as growth increments in mammoth and mastodont tusks, the clues from taphonomic research about large-mammal biology, the applications of dating methods to the extinctions debate, and archeological controversies concerning human hunting of large mammals.

Faith Enough to Finish

Author: Jill Briscoe
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9780842353106
Category: Religion
Page: 187
View: 3997
Following the example of Jeremiah, Jill Briscoe examines what it takes to keep faith strong in spite of life's trials and distractions. In the race of life, it's not how we begin that counts, but whether or not we have faith enough to reach a godly finish.

Enterprise, Deprivation and Social Exclusion

The Role of Small Business in Addressing Social and Economic Inequalities
Author: Alan Southern
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136731504
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 322
View: 4357
There is little doubt that in recent years, enterprise has been considered an essential approach in the alleviation of deprivation existing in the developed world. The assumption is that area-based initiatives provide a means by which enterprise can include all members of society in mainstream social and economic activities. The rationale behind Enterprise, Deprivation and Social Exclusion is to critically challenge the notion that enterprise can address the complexity behind deprivation and social exclusion by demonstrating UK and North American examples. We see how enterprise has come to be regarded as a means by which poverty can be reduced and new opportunities can be opened up to support individuals. However, the authors here seek to give a greater appreciation to the structural roots of deprivation and pose questions about whether or not enterprise might actually exacerbate structures of social and economic exclusion. What if enterprise actually maintains differences between types of community and keeps individuals entrenched in certain ways of thinking? The contributions in this edited collection will offer a distinct opportunity in respect of both theoretical and empirical advancement. The authors hale from both sides of the Atlantic and form an inter-disciplinary group to provide complementary perspectives in this field.

The Ramessides, Medes, and Persians

Author: Emmet John Sweeney
Publisher: Algora Publishing
ISBN: 0875865429
Category: History
Page: 211
View: 9464
Ages in Alignment.

Stalked by Shadows

Number 5 in series
Author: Chris Collett
Publisher: Piatkus
ISBN: 0748112693
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 3048
Lucy Jarrett is terrified. She's convinced that somebody is watching her, following her home from work and lurking in shadows. But when she looks, there's nobody there. The phone calls are real enough, even if the caller never speaks, although they never seem to happen when her husband is at home. She's struggling to make anybody believe her, but with the recent murder of another young woman, DI Tom Mariner must take Lucy's fears seriously. However, that's not all that DI Mariner has to contend with. His team is stretched to the limits when Nina Silvero, the widow of a former police officer, is found brutally murdered in an attack that could hark back to her husband's past misdemeanours. Someone, it seems, is out for revenge...

Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languages

Author: Felix K. Ameka,Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9789027205674
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 333
View: 821
This book explores the thesis that in the Kwa languages of West Africa, aspect and modality are more central to the grammar of the verb than tense. Where tense marking has emerged it is invariably in the expression of the future, and therefore concerned with the impending actualization or potentiality of an event, hence with modality, rather than the purely temporal sequencing associated with tense. The primary grammatical contrasts are perfective versus imperfective. The main languages discussed are Akan, Dangme, Ewe, Ga and Tuwuli while Nzema-Ahanta, Likpe and Eastern Gbe are also mentioned. Knowledge about these languages has deepened considerably during the past decade or so and ideas about their structure have changed. The volume therefore presents novel analyses of grammatical forms like the so-called S-Aux-O-V-Other or “future” constructions, and provides empirical data for theorizing about aspect and modality. It should be of considerable interest to Africanist linguists, typologists, and creolists interested in substrate issues.

A Treatise on Plane and Spherical Trigonometry

Author: William Chauvenet
Publisher: N.A
Category: Trigonometry
Page: 256
View: 437

The Man Who Pushed America to War

The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi
Author: Aram Roston
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 0786744294
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 1147
This is the true story of Ahmad Chalabi, fraudster, statesman, banker, math whiz and aesthete, whose legendary charisma and charm - and almost hypnotic powers of persuasion - helped propel the United States to war in Iraq. This extraordinary investigative biography - written by an Emmy Award-winning journalist who works for NBC's Investigative Unit - exposes massive white-collar mischief, sophisticated international espionage operations, and political intrigue spanning the globe from Tehran to Texas. Chalabi was a shrewd Iraqi Arab from a family of Shiite bankers. Aram Roston tracked down forgotten Chalabi business partners and friends and dug through the records from courthouses around the world. The book reveals how this convicted felon, fugitive from justice in Jordan, and ally of the Iranian government managed to charm and influence the top leaders fo the United States, including US senators like John McCain. The book has the inside story of Chalabi's pre-war propaganda operations the exclusive details of Chalabi's financial dealings and political access.

Poverty, Riches and Social Citizenship

Author: Margaret Melrose,H. Dean
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230377955
Category: Social Science
Page: 211
View: 9048
At a time when the gap between rich and poor has been increasing, Poverty, Riches and Social Citizenship provides an accessible introduction to current debates about inequality, exclusion and the nature of citizenship, while also presenting an innovative exploration of popular beliefs and values in Britain. The authors develop a series of conceptual models by which to understand the competing traditions which have informed ideas about citizenship, and the contradictory moral notions that currently inform popular expectations of the welfare state.

Kyle Busch

Author: Simone Payment
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1404218963
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 8392
Introduces the life and racing career of Kyle Busch, the NASCAR Nextel series Rookie of the Year in 2005.


Author: Mary Lee Settle
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570032844
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 237
View: 9235
The multi-award-winning author of The Beulah Quintet recounts her childhood in the Kahawha Valley of West Virginia in the aftermath of World War I, her experiences during the Great Depression, and her discovery of literature and music. UP.

Sweetpotato Technology for the 21st Century

Author: Walter A. Hill,Conrad K. Bonsi,Philip A. Loretan
Publisher: Tuskegee Univ School of
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 607
View: 4856

Professionalizing Business Analysis

Breaking the Cycle of Challenged Projects
Author: Kathleen B. Hass
Publisher: Management Concepts Incorporated
ISBN: 9781567262087
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 119
View: 6642
With the continually changing business environment, the business analyst is becoming a critical project leader and business/technology consultant - helping organizations ensure they are investing in the most valuable projects, and then managing the project benefits. Professionalizing Business Analysis: Breaking the Cycle of Challenged Projects focuses on the emerging business analysis profession, and describes both the strategic and tactical roles of the business analyst.

Time Wars

Author: Simon Furman,Dan Reed,Lee Sullivan,Andrew Wildman
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781840236477
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 136
View: 7507
The fabric of space and time itself is in turmoil, disrupted and torn by time anomalies resulting from Galvatron's dabbling with past and future. Transformers from two eras collide in an attempt to save the entire universe, pitted against two halves of the same whole - Megatron and Galvatron.

Politics in a 'half Made Society'

Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2001
Author: Kirk Peter Meighoo
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
ISBN: 9766370796
Category: Political parties
Page: 446
View: 8302
"Politics in a Half Made Society tells the story of contemporary politics in the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. The book provides a narrative and analytical account beginning in 1925, when the first elections were held, and continuing up to 2001 with the two major political parties in a historical deadlock for which formal constitutional arrangement did no cater. The book is divided into four sections, each underlining the important stages of Trinidad s political history, Part One Prelude to Self-government deals with Trinidad s move towards the establishment of party politics between 1925 and 1953; Part Two The Long Reign of Eric Williams recounts the political shrewdness of this prime minister and the peculiar challenges he faced while in power; Part Three Paved with Good Intentions: The Rise and Fall of the National Alliance for Reconstruction examines the failure of the Chambers administration to sustain the political and economic gains made during the Williams years, covers the attempted coup of 1990 and assesses the NAR s performance; Part Four Toward Stalemate: Structural Adjustment, Indian Arrival and Slim Majorities looks at the political configuration of the 1990s after structural adjustment and Basdeo Panday s coming to power. "

T. Rex

Author: Vivian French
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781406343526
Category: Tyrannosaurus rex
Page: 29
View: 2928
Take a trip to the dinosaur exhibition with a young boy and his granddad and learn about the greatest carnosaur of all - tyrannosaurus rex. Find out what we know about T-Rex and what we can only wonder about.