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Title: Quantifying macroevolutionary patterns in highly specialised clades of archosaurs
Author: Young, Mark Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 6289
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2009
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During the Mesozoic, archosaurs exploited a multitude of niches and evolved a wide range of ecophenotypes and functional morphologies. Within this clade, perhaps the greatest divergences from the ancestral archosaur bauplan are seen in sauropodomorph dinosaurs, which include the largest terrestrial animals that have ever lived, and metriorhynchid crocodylians, which present the pinnacle of marine specialisation within Archosauria. This study illustrates that together with phylogeny, quantitative assessment of diversity, form and function helps elucidate the macroevolutionary pattern of fossil clades.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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