The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs: Faunal Change Across the Triassic-jurassic Boundary by Cambridge University Press (Paperback, 1988)
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- DescriptionAround 210 million years ago, life on Earth experienced sweeping changes. Many archaic reptiles and mammalian predecessors became extinct and were replaced by disaurs, pterosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, mammals, and essentially all of the major modern vertebrate groups except the birds. This period of change, which took place over a period of approximately five to ten million years, ushered in the beginning of the 'Age of Disaurs,' a period that lasted 160 million years to the end of the Cretaceous 65 million years ago. In the past decade, paleontologists have come to kw a great deal more about this crucial interval of time. New discoveries, ideas, and insights from scientists in many related- disciplines have created new paradigms about the beginning of the 'Age of Disaurs.' What were the animals that preceded the disaurs like? How did the disaurs originate, and what do we kw of their early history? Was their ascent tied to evolutionary invations, global climatic and ecological changes, or just chance factors? How do paleontologists decide about the evidence preserved in the fossil record, and what areas w require major thought and reevaluation? In this book, 31 specialists in the paleontology of this era consider these and other questions related to Late Triassic and Early Jurassic times - the beginning of the 'Age of Disaurs,' its fauna, flora, climate, stratigraphic relationships, and major evolutionary changes. The book is divided into sections on background, Late Triassic taxa and faunas, changes across the boundary, Early Jurassic taxa and faunas, and major macroevolutionary patterns. This comprehensive volume is richly illustrated and is intended for students and professionals in the areas of paleontology, evolutionary biology, geology, and vertebrate zoology. Introductory and summary chapters are provided to acquaint the n-specialist with the issues and the setting of this interval of time in which the ancestral components of the modem fauna, as well as the Disauria, first appeared to rule the Earth.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/1988
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note21 half-tones, 23 tables, 164 line diagrams
- Weight720 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Edited byKevin Padian
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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