In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods

In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods

by Nicholas C. Fraser
     
 

This book is the first attempt to collate all the information known to date on the small vertebrates, e.g. mammals, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, etc., and features contributions by experts with international reputations in their fields. There are chapters on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the key vertebrate groups followed by a section dealing with… See more details below

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This book is the first attempt to collate all the information known to date on the small vertebrates, e.g. mammals, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, etc., and features contributions by experts with international reputations in their fields. There are chapters on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the key vertebrate groups followed by a section dealing with the most significant fossiliferous assemblages worldwide. The final section looks at how faunal turnover at this time is measured and examines the possibility of mass extinctions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521452427
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/12/1995
Pages:
447
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of contributors
Introduction1
1Late Triassic and Jurassic amphibians: fossil record and phylogeny5
2The Lepidosauromorpha: an overview with special emphasis on the Squamata23
3Late Triassic-Early Jurassic sphenodontians from China and the phylogeny of the Sphenodontia38
4Marine members of the Sphenodontia70
5Patterns of evolution in Mesozoic Crocodyliformes84
6Sister-group relationships of mammals and transformations of diagnostic mammalian characters98
7A review of the British Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages131
8Small tetrapods from the Upper Triassic of the Richmond basin (Newark Supergroup), Virginia161
9Microvertebrates from the Placerias Quarry: a window on Late Triassic vertebrate diversity in the American Southwest171
10Late Triassic microvertebrates from central Europe197
11Assemblages of small tetrapods from British Late Triassic fissure deposits214
12Ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of the United States227
13Early Jurassic small tetrapods from the McCoy Brook Formation of Nova Scotia, Canada242
14The small tetrapods of the Lower Lufeng Formation, Yunnan, China251
15Assemblages of small tetrapods from the Early Jurassic of Britain271
16A review of the Early Jurassic tetrapods from the Glen Canyon Group of the American Southwest284
17An Early or Middle Jurassic tetrapod assemblage from the La Boca Formation, northeastern Mexico295
18Middle Jurassic microvertebrate assemblages from the British Isles303
19A new Bathonian microvertebrate locality in the English Midlands322
20The chronology and paleobiogeography of mammalian origins335
21Biotic and climatic changes in the Carnian (Triassic) of Europe and adjacent areas352
22Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods: testing the pattern366
23Comments on Benton's "Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods"398
24What were the tempo and mode of evolutionary change in the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic?401
25Field guide to Late Triassic tetrapod sites in Virginia and North Carolina408
Taxonomic index431

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