American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World

American Alligator Ancient Predator in the Modern World From prehistoric relatives to post endangered status Ouchley provides a comprehensive review of the alligator an iconic southern creature Michael K Steinberg author of Stalking the Ghost Bird The c
  • Title: American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World
  • Author: Kelby Ouchley
  • ISBN: 9780813049137
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World
    From prehistoric relatives to post endangered status, Ouchley provides a comprehensive review of the alligator, an iconic southern creature Michael K Steinberg, author of Stalking the Ghost Bird The conservation of the American alligator is one of history s best examples of the sustainable use model for wildlife conservation The effort to preserve the alligator has c From prehistoric relatives to post endangered status, Ouchley provides a comprehensive review of the alligator, an iconic southern creature Michael K Steinberg, author of Stalking the Ghost Bird The conservation of the American alligator is one of history s best examples of the sustainable use model for wildlife conservation The effort to preserve the alligator has contributed to the conservation of wetlands and many other wetland dependent species throughout its range Ouchley does an outstanding job of explaining the mysteries of this keystone species Robert Barham, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Kelby Ouchley is part of a generation of wildlife professionals that helped bring the American alligator back from the brink of extinction He provides fascinating insights into its fight for survival Jim Kurth, Chief of National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S Fish and Wildlife ServiceHaving survived since the Mesozoic era, alligators teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1960s Their recovery in the 1970s and 1980s was largely due to legislative intervention, and today populations are closely monitored throughout their range American Alligator is the most up to date and comprehensive treatment of this resilient relic, a creature with a brain weighing less than half an ounce that has successfully adapted to a changing Earth for than 200 million years Kelby Ouchley chronicles the evolution of Alligator mississippiensis from shieldcroc the last common ancestor of modern day alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and the gharial to its current role as keystone of the ecological health of America s southern swamps and marshes In Florida, the apex predator uses its snout and feet to clear muck from holes in the limestone bedrock During the dry season, these small ponds or alligator holes provide refuge, food, and water for a variety of wildlife In Louisiana, millions of dollars are spent on the bounty of the non native nutria that overgraze marsh vegetation, but alligators prey on these coastal rodents free of charge.Today only twenty three species of crocodilians remain That the alligator lineage survives at all, having successfully weathered millions of years of environmental change, speaks to an impressive degree of fitness and adaptability.The loss of the American alligator would be a blow to biodiversity and an ecosystem disruption affecting all levels of the food chain While the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service removed it from the endangered species list in 1987 and today regulates the legal trade of the animal and its products, Ouchley cautions us not to forget the lessons learned human activities, from urban development to energy production, can still threaten the future of the gator and its southern wetland habitat.
    American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World By Kelby Ouchley, American Alligator Ancient Predator in the Modern World Jan , American Alligator is the most up to date and comprehensive treatment of this resilient relic, a creature with a brain weighing less than half an ounce that has successfully adapted to a changing Earth for than million years. American Alligator s Lineage is More Ancient than Sep , American Alligator s Lineage is More Ancient than Previously Thought The group they belong to, Crocodylia, has been around for at least million years and has diverse ancestors dating as far back as the Triassic, than million years ago The scientists reported their results in a pair of papers in the Journal of Herpetology and the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Ancient Giant Isopods Love Eating Alligators, New Study Finds Apr , Alligators are pretty ancient themselves The American alligator, known as Alligator mississippiensis , was common in the the Pleistocene era, which spanned from . million to . thousand years A reptilian anachronism Florida Museum Science Sep , American alligator older than we thought On the contrary, they are the result of an incredibly ancient evolutionary line The group they belong to, Crocodylia, has been around for at least million years and has diverse ancestors dating as far back as the Triassic Alligator Crocodile Symbolism Meaning Spirit, Totem Native American Alligator Crocodile Symbolic Meanings In Native American folklore and mythology, Alligators are shown as a villain who is easily outsmarted by other Animal Spirits The only region where Crocodile plays a positive role is in the South East where he treats humans to hunt responsibly. Ancient Alligator Ancestors Unearthed Science AAAS North American fossils from million years ago revealed a common ancestor of both alligators and caimans that lived during that time. University Press of Florida American Alligator Oct , American Alligator is the most up to date and comprehensive treatment of this resilient relic, a creature with a brain weighing less than half an ounce that has successfully adapted to a changing Earth for than million years. American alligator Alligator mississippiensis Species Jun , The A mississippiensis in Boulder, Colorado, was collected Livo et al Only one of the American alligators was collected from the Colorado River, Mesa County, Colorado the other was never recaptured, but there is no evidence of an established population Livo et al . American Alligator National Geographic Life in the Water American alligators reside nearly exclusively in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Louisiana Heavy and ungainly out of water, these reptiles are supremely well adapted swimmers Males average to feet in length and can weigh , pounds. Sarcosuchus Sarcosuchus was a giant relative of crocodiles, with fully grown individuals estimated to have reached up to m ft in total length and . tonnes . short tons in weight It had somewhat telescoped eyes and a long snout comprising % of the length of the skull There were teeth in each side of the upper jaw, while in the lower jaw there were teeth in each side.
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  • Kelby Ouchley

    Kelby Ouchley is a naturalist and managed National Wildlife Refuges for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service for 30 years His first book, Flora and Fauna of the Civil War An Environmental Reference Guide, was published by LSU Press in 2010 A collection of his essays, Bayou Diversity Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country, will be released by LSU Press in October 2011 His first novel, Iron Branch A Civil War Tale of a Woman In Between, is availalbe for Kindle and other e readers Since 1995, Kelby has written and narrated a weekly conservation related program for KEDM 90.3 FM, the public radio station that serves the Ark La Miss area He has been awarded the Louisiana Governor s Conservationist of the Year Award Kelby and his wife, Amy, live in the woods in Rocky Branch, Louisiana, in a cypress house surrounded by white oaks and black hickories.

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