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The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs

Edited By: K Padian

432 pages, 27 b/w photos, 23 tabs, 164 b/w illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 1989 | #4847 | ISBN: 0521367794
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Hardback | Apr 1987 | #2225 | ISBN: 0521303281
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Summarises the important recent advances in research on faunal change across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary.

'The book is an important assemblage of current and recent research on a critical 'moment' in the history of terrestrial vertebrate life. It will be an important reference for years to come for everyone interested in the Triassic-Jurassic faunal transition.' American Scientist 'The book contains a wealth of material, newly discovered or newly synthesized, on the terrestrial fossil record near the Triassic Jurassic boundary ... the book as a whole, and many of the contributions therein, will be valuable to anyone interested in large-scale evolutionary problems.' Journal of Geology 'This is a broadly conceived and detailed study of a particular interval in the continental record. Anyone interested in the continental Mesozoic, the evolution of the vertebrate communities, or dinosaurs will want to have a copy.' Geology 'This well-edited book is a most valuable contribution to the understanding of the emergence of dinosaurs. Even the relatively novice reader will find the summary chapters clearly understandable.' Choice


Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs: The Time and the Setting: 1. Historical aspects of the Triassic-Jurassic boundary problem Edwin H. Colbert; 2. Fossil plants and the Triassic-Jurassic boundary Sidney Ash; Part II. Late Triassic Vertebrate Taxa and Faunas: 3. Thoughts on the origin of the Theropoda Samuel P. Welles; 4. Structure and function of the tarsus in the phytosaurs (Reptilia: Archosauria) J. Michael Parrish; 5. On the type material of Coelophysis Cope (Saurischis: Theropoda), and a new specimen from the Petrified Forest of Arizona (Late Triassic: Chinle Formation) Kevin Padian; 6. The ichnogenus Atreipus and its significance for Triassic biostratigraphy Paul E. Olsen and Donald Baird; 7. The limb posture of kannemeyeriid dicynodonts: functional and ecological considerations Laurie R. Walter; 8. A new family of mammals from the lower part of the French Rhaetic Denise Sigogneau-Russell, R. M. Frank and J. Hemmerle; 9. Vertebrate paleontology of the Dockum Group, western Texas and eastern New Mexico Phillip A. Murry; 10. The Late Triassic Dockum vertebrates: their stratigraphic and paleobiogeographic significance Sankar Chatterjee; 11. A new vertenrate fauna from the Dockum Formation (Late Triasssic) of eastern New Mexico J. Michael Parrish and Kenneth Carpenter; 12. Vertebrate biostratigraphy of the Late Triassic Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: preliminary results R. A. Long and Kevin Padian; Part III. Taxa and Trends Across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary: 13. Triassic and Jurassic fishes: patterns of diversity Amy R. McCune and Bobb Schaeffer; 14. Triassic and Early Jurassic turtles Eugene S. Gaffney; 15. Archosaur footprints at the terrestrial Triassic-Jurassic transition Hartmut Haubold; 16. Herbivorous adaptations of Late Triassic and Early Jurassic dinosaurs Pater M. Galton; 17. Masticatory apparatus of the larger herbivores during Late Triassic and early Jurassic times A. W. Crompton and J. Attridge; 18. On Triassic and Jurassic mammals William A. Clemens; Part IV. Early Jurassic Vertebrate Taxa and Faunas: 19. The early radiation and phylogenetic relationships of the Jurassic sauropod dinosaurs, based on vertebral anatomy Jose F. Bonaparte; 20. Earliest records of Batrachopus from the southwestern United States, and a revision of some early Mesozoic crocodylomorph ichnogenera Paul E. Olsen and Kevin Padian; 21. A brief introduction to the Lower Lufeng saurischian fauna (Lower Jurassic: Lufeng, Yunnan, People's Republic of China) A. L. Sun and K. H. Cui; 22. Relationships and biostratigraphic significance of the Tritylodontidae (Synapsida) from the Kayenta Formation of northeastern Arizona Hans Dieter Sues; 23. Vertebrate biostrarigraphy of the Glen canyon Group in northern Arizona James M. Clark and David E. Fastovsky; Part V. Macroevolutionary Patterns of the Triassic-Jurassic Transition: 24. The Late Triassic tetrapod extinction events Michael J. Benton; 25. Correlation of continental Late Triassic and Early Jurassic sediments, and patterns of the Triassic-Jurassic tetrapod transition Paul E. Olsen and Hans-Dieter Sues; 26. Terrestrial vertebrate faunal succession during the Triassic J. M. Zawiskie; Summary and prospectus; Taxonomic index; Ichnotaxonomic index.

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