In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods

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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.
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" and resolves a number of old questions....also explores unresolved topics and even raises several new questions." David Weishampel, Nature

"...delves into an interval and a set of vertebrate species that is particularly relevant to the biodiversity of the modern a manual to begin investigating the workings of the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic world, this is a good book." Science

"The papers are wide-ranging, well illustrated, and authoritative, and the editors appear to have kept the authors tightly focused." E. Delson, Choice

"The papers are wide-ranging, well illustrated, and authoritative, and the editors appear to have kept the authors tightly focused." E. Delson, Choice

"...a comprehensive and integrated work....the book succeeds admirably, containing clear and concise reviews of the key areas and representing an excellent starting point for forays into the primary literature." Michael S.Y. Lee, TREE

"...a beautifully produced and substantial book. Its contents are scholarly, enormously interesting, and on the whole clearly written....This book is a 'must' for any academic library harbouring any palaeontological pretensions." Ian Jenkins, Geological Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521452427
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/1995
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Late Triassic and Jurassic amphibians: fossil record and phylogeny 5
2 The Lepidosauromorpha: an overview with special emphasis on the Squamata 23
3 Late Triassic-Early Jurassic sphenodontians from China and the phylogeny of the Sphenodontia 38
4 Marine members of the Sphenodontia 70
5 Patterns of evolution in Mesozoic Crocodyliformes 84
6 Sister-group relationships of mammals and transformations of diagnostic mammalian characters 98
7 A review of the British Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages 131
8 Small tetrapods from the Upper Triassic of the Richmond basin (Newark Supergroup), Virginia 161
9 Microvertebrates from the Placerias Quarry: a window on Late Triassic vertebrate diversity in the American Southwest 171
10 Late Triassic microvertebrates from central Europe 197
11 Assemblages of small tetrapods from British Late Triassic fissure deposits 214
12 Ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of the United States 227
13 Early Jurassic small tetrapods from the McCoy Brook Formation of Nova Scotia, Canada 242
14 The small tetrapods of the Lower Lufeng Formation, Yunnan, China 251
15 Assemblages of small tetrapods from the Early Jurassic of Britain 271
16 A review of the Early Jurassic tetrapods from the Glen Canyon Group of the American Southwest 284
17 An Early or Middle Jurassic tetrapod assemblage from the La Boca Formation, northeastern Mexico 295
18 Middle Jurassic microvertebrate assemblages from the British Isles 303
19 A new Bathonian microvertebrate locality in the English Midlands 322
20 The chronology and paleobiogeography of mammalian origins 335
21 Biotic and climatic changes in the Carnian (Triassic) of Europe and adjacent areas 352
22 Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods: testing the pattern 366
23 Comments on Benton's "Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods" 398
24 What were the tempo and mode of evolutionary change in the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic? 401
25 Field guide to Late Triassic tetrapod sites in Virginia and North Carolina 408
Taxonomic index 431
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