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Title: An overview of recent advances in the mesozoic-palaeogene vertebrate paleontology in the Context of India's Northward Drift and Collision with Asia
Authors: Prasad G.V.R.
Bajpai S.
Published in: Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy
Abstract: This review article summarizes the recent work done in India on fossil vertebrates from the Mesozoic-early Paleogene interval, with focus on the past five years. Advances made during this period highlight the importance of India's vertebrate fossil record in our understanding of the origin and evolutionary history of several vertebrate groups and the dynamics of intercontinental faunal dispersal and vicariance, especially in the context of India's former position in the Gondwanaland and its subsequent separation from the different Gondwana landmasses as it moved northward to finally collide with Asia in the early Paleogene. These studies have led to a better understanding of the mode of evolution of tetrapods on the drifting Indian plate and provide independent constraints to test the traditional models favouring India's physical isolation from all other landmasses, especially during the late Cretaceous phase of its northward drift. Recent data points to faunal interchanges between India, Africa and Europe at or near the K-Pg boundary and also suggests that the Indian landmass was the centre of origin/early evolution for several orders of modern mammals, including cetaceans (whales), perissodactyls (horses, tapirs) and primates. © 2016 Printed in India.
Citation: Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, (2016), 537- 548
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Indian National Science Academy
Keywords: Cretaceous
ISSN: 3700046
Author Scopus IDs: 7201753118
Author Affiliations: Prasad, G.V.R., Department of Geology, Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, 110 007, India
Bajpai, S., Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, 53 University Road, Lucknow, 226 007, India
Corresponding Author: Prasad, G.V.R.; Department of Geology, Centre for Advanced Studies, University of DelhiIndia; email:
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