Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition

Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition

by Hans-Dieter Sues, Nicholas Fraser

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The Triassic period is generally viewed as the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs. For paleontologists, however, it also marks the rise of the world's first modern land ecosystems.

Over the past three decades, extensive, worldwide fieldwork has led to the discovery of many new species of Triassic animals and plants, suggesting that faunal and floral changes already began in the Middle Triassic and were more protracted than previously thought. The Late Triassic is a pivotal time in the evolution of life on land, with many of the major groups of present-day vertebrates and insects first appearing in the fossil record. This book provides the first detailed overview of life on land during the Triassic period for advanced students and researchers. Noted vertebrate paleontologists Hans-Dieter Sues and Nicholas C. Fraser also review the biotic changes of this period and their possible causes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231509411
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Series: The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Hans-Dieter Sues is Senior Scientist and Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and co-editor, with Nicholas C. Fraser, of In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Early and Early Middle Triassic in Gondwana
3. Early and Early Middle Triassic in Laurasia
4. Late Middle and Late Triassic of Gondwana
5. Late Middle and Late Triassic of Europe
6. Late Triassic of Great Britain
7. Triassic of the Central Atlantic Margin System
8. Late Triassic of the Western United States
9. Two Extraordinary Windows into Triassic Life
10. Biotic Changes During the Triassic Period
11. The End of the Triassic: Out with a Bang or a Whimper?

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Kevin Padian

Triassic Life on Land is an exemplary review of the Triassic period and will be a standard reference work for many years to come.

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