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How do geological sampling biases affect studies of morphological evolution in deep time? A case study of pterosaur (Reptilia: Archosauria) disparity.

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A fundamental contribution of paleobiology to macroevolutionary theory has been the illumination of deep time patterns of diversification. However, recent work has suggested that taxonomic diversity counts taken from the fossil record may be strongly biased by uneven spatiotemporal sampling. Although morphological diversity (disparity) is also frequently used to examine evolutionary radiations, no empirical work has yet addressed how disparity might be affected by uneven fossil record samplin...

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Butler, RJ More by this author
Brusatte, SL More by this author
Benson, RB More by this author
Journal:
Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
Volume:
66
Issue:
1
Pages:
147-162
Publication date:
2012-01-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1558-5646
ISSN:
0014-3820
URN:
uuid:80906cd1-0844-4785-a939-fb27990211fa
Source identifiers:
384657
Local pid:
pubs:384657

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