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Rapid transformation in the braincase of sauropod dinosaurs: integrated evolution of the braincase and neck in early sauropods?

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Sauropod dinosaurs were quadrupedal herbivores with a highly specialised body plan that attained the largest masses of any terrestrial vertebrates. Recent discoveries have shown that key traits associated with sauropod gigantism appeared stepwise during the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic in evolutionary ‘cascades’ of associated changes, in which a ‘head and neck’ cascade has been suggested as an important module. Here, we investigate the evolutionary transformation of the sauropodomorph bra...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/pala.12344

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Palaeontology Journal website
Volume:
61
Issue:
2
Pages:
289-302
Publication date:
2017-12-18
Acceptance date:
2017-11-14
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EISSN:
1475-4983
ISSN:
0031-0239
Source identifiers:
745706
Pubs id:
pubs:745706
UUID:
uuid:4505c60b-6154-4901-be4d-fdf3d56c8a95
Local pid:
pubs:745706
Deposit date:
2017-11-14

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