Evolution and function of mammal skulls
Where are the mammals?
Much of the central core of Africa is tropical, with predominating forest and grassland habitats. Massive Mount Kilimanjaro provides an isolated “island” in the sky of Africa’s mainland. Madagascar’s island isolation in the Indian Ocean is home to primates and tenrecs found nowhere else on earth. Furthermore vast deserts characterize the northern latitudes, just south of the Mediterranean Sea. Arid ecosystems are found again in the southern extremes of Africa. Some of Africa’s best known large mammals are from its eastern plains and tropical jungles.