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The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs : Faunal Change across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary - Kevin Padian

The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs

Faunal Change across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary

By: Kevin Padian (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th May 1989
ISBN: 9780521367790
Number Of Pages: 404

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Thirty-one specialists in the paleontology of the Age of Dinosaurs address a variety of issues: animals that preceded dinosaurs, the origin and early history of dinosaurs, and the relationship of the ascent of dinosaurs to new evolutionary innovations and to global, climatic, ecological, and even chance factors. This study is the first to examine how the period of dinosaur domination began.

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'The book is an important assemblage of current and recent research on a critical 'moment' in the history of terrestrial vertebrate life. It will be an important reference for years to come for everyone interested in the Triassic-Jurassic faunal transition.' American Scientist 'The book contains a wealth of material, newly discovered or newly synthesized, on the terrestrial fossil record near the Triassic Jurassic boundary ... the book as a whole, and many of the contributions therein, will be valuable to anyone interested in large-scale evolutionary problems.' Journal of Geology 'This is a broadly conceived and detailed study of a particular interval in the continental record. Anyone interested in the continental Mesozoic, the evolution of the vertebrate communities, or dinosaurs will want to have a copy.' Geology 'This well-edited book is a most valuable contribution to the understanding of the emergence of dinosaurs. Even the relatively novice reader will find the summary chapters clearly understandable.' Choice

Preface
Introduction
The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs: The Time and the Setting
Historical aspects of the Triassic-Jurassic boundary problem
Fossil plants and the Triassic-Jurassic boundary
Late Triassic Vertebrate Taxa and Faunas
Thoughts on the origin of the Theropoda
Structure and function of the tarsus in the phytosaurs (Reptilia: Archosauria)
On the type material of Coelophysis Cope (Saurischis: Theropoda), and a new specimen from the Petrified Forest of Arizona (Late Triassic: Chinle Formation)
The ichnogenus Atreipus and its significance for Triassic biostratigraphy
The limb posture of kannemeyeriid dicynodonts: functional and ecological considerations
A new family of mammals from the lower part of the French Rhaetic Denise Sigogneau-Russell
Vertebrate paleontology of the Dockum Group, western Texas and eastern New Mexico
The Late Triassic Dockum vertebrates: their stratigraphic and paleobiogeographic significance
A new vertenrate fauna from the Dockum Formation (Late Triasssic) of eastern New Mexico
Vertebrate biostratigraphy of the Late Triassic Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: preliminary results
Taxa and Trends Across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary
Triassic and Jurassic fishes: patterns of diversity
Triassic and Early Jurassic turtles
Archosaur footprints at the terrestrial Triassic-Jurassic transition
Herbivorous adaptations of Late Triassic and Early Jurassic dinosaurs
Masticatory apparatus of the larger herbivores during Late Triassic and early Jurassic times
On Triassic and Jurassic mammals
Early Jurassic Vertebrate Taxa and Faunas
The early radiation and phylogenetic relationships of the Jurassic sauropod dinosaurs, based on vertebral anatomy
Earliest records of Batrachopus from the southwestern United States, and a revision of some early Mesozoic crocodylomorph ichnogenera
A brief introduction to the Lower Lufeng saurischian fauna (Lower Jurassic: Lufeng, Yunnan, People's Republic of China)
Relationships and biostratigraphic significance of the Tritylodontidae (Synapsida) from the Kayenta Formation of northeastern Arizona
Vertebrate biostrarigraphy of the Glen canyon Group in northern Arizona
Macroevolutionary Patterns of the Triassic-Jurassic Transition
The Late Triassic tetrapod extinction events
Correlation of continental Late Triassic and Early Jurassic sediments, and patterns of the Triassic-Jurassic tetrapod transition
Terrestrial vertebrate faunal succession during the Triassic
Summary and prospectus
Taxonomic index
Ichnotaxonomic index
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ISBN: 9780521367790
ISBN-10: 0521367794
Series: Faunal Changes Across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 15th May 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.84 x 18.75  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.71

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