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Rise of dinosaurs reveals major body-size transitions are driven by passive processes of trait evolution.

Abstract:

A major macroevolutionary question concerns how long-term patterns of body-size evolution are underpinned by smaller scale processes along lineages. One outstanding long-term transition is the replacement of basal therapsids (stem-group mammals) by archosauromorphs, including dinosaurs, as the dominant large-bodied terrestrial fauna during the Triassic (approx. 252-201 million years ago). This landmark event preceded more than 150 million years of archosauromorph dominance. We analyse a new b...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rspb.2011.2441
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society More from this journal
Volume:
279
Issue:
1736
Pages:
2180-2187
Publication date:
2012-06-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
pubs:384654
UUID:
uuid:62fe4f66-e672-407c-bcf9-864f60e86af7
Local pid:
pubs:384654
Source identifiers:
384654
Deposit date:
2013-11-16

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