The extinct megafauna in Amazonia
Speaker: Dr Peter Toledo, National Institute of Space Research, Brazil
Ecological processes, biodiversity analyses and biogeography patterns of the Amazonian biota have received special attention from scientists worldwide. Past environmental changes and paleontological information are important aspects to the overall picture while discussing evolutionary scenarios of the Neotropics. The presence of megafauna in different portions of the Amazon basin brings to the debate interesting perspectives to the past environmental reconstruction of the Quaternary with links to modern ecosystems. This talk will emphasize the presence of the large mammal extinct community in Brazilian Quaternary with special discussion on paleoecological aspects of extinction and past vegetation structure in Amazonia.