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Look Inside In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs

In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs
Early Mesozoic Tetrapods

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Nicholas C. Fraser, Hans-Dieter Sues, Andrew Milner, Olivier Rieppel, Xiao-chun Wu, Robert L. Carroll, Rupert Wild, James M. Clark, Zhexi Luo, Michael J. Benton, Geoffrey Warrington, Andrew J. Newell , Patrick S. Spencer, Fran Tannenbaum Kaye, Kevin Padian, Denise Sigogneau, Gerhard Hahn, Adrian P. Hunt, Spencer G. Lucas, Neil H. Shubin, Paul E. Olsen, Susan E. Evans, Kenneth A. Kermack, Farish A. Jenkins, Jr, Marisol Montellano, James A. Hopson, René Hernández, David Fastovsky, Andrew Milner, Sara J. Metcalf, Rachel J. Walker, Michael J. Simms, Alastair H. Ruffell, Andrew L. A. Johnson, Michael J. Benton, Annika K. Johansson
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  • Date Published: August 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458993

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  • This book is the first attempt to collate all the information known to date on the small vertebrates, e.g. mammals, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, etc., and features contributions by experts with international reputations in their fields. There are chapters on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the key vertebrate groups followed by a section dealing with the most significant fossiliferous assemblages worldwide. The final section looks at how faunal turnover at this time is measured and examines the possibility of mass extinctions.

    • The first time that all the information on the small vertebrates has been collated in this form
    • Features contributions by experts with international reputations in their fields
    • Includes a section dealing with the most significant fossiliferous assemblages worldwide
    • Examines the possibility of mass extinctions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...reviews and resolves a number of old questions....also explores unresolved topics and even raises several new questions." David Weishampel, Nature

    "...delves into an interval and a set of vertebrate species that is particularly relevant to the biodiversity of the modern world...as a manual to begin investigating the workings of the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic world, this is a good book." Science

    "The papers are wide-ranging, well illustrated, and authoritative, and the editors appear to have kept the authors tightly focused." E. Delson, Choice

    "...a comprehensive and integrated work....the book succeeds admirably, containing clear and concise reviews of the key areas and representing an excellent starting point for forays into the primary literature." Michael S.Y. Lee, TREE

    "...a beautifully produced and substantial book. Its contents are scholarly, enormously interesting, and on the whole clearly written....This book is a 'must' for any academic library harbouring any palaeontological pretensions." Ian Jenkins, Geological Magazine

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    • Date Published: August 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458993
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 212 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of contributors
    Introduction Nicholas C. Fraser and Hans-Dieter Sues
    Part I. Phylogeny: Introduction
    1. Late Triassic and Jurassic amphibians: fossil record and phylogeny Andrew Milner
    2. The Lepidosauromorpha: an overview with special emphasis on the Squamata Olivier Rieppel
    3. Late Triassic-Early Jurassic sphenodontians from China and the phylogeny of the Sphenodontia Xiao-chun Wu
    4. Marine members of the Sphenodontia Robert L. Carroll and Rupert Wild
    5. Patterns of evolution in Mesozoic Crocodyliformes James M. Clark
    6. Sister-group relationships of mammals and transformations of diagnostic mammalian characters Zhexi Luo
    Part II. Faunal Assemblages:
    7. A review of the British Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages Michael J. Benton, Geoffrey Warrington, Andrew J. Newell and Patrick S. Spencer
    8. Small tetrapods from the Upper Triassic of the Richmond Basin, Virginia Hans-Dieter Sues
    9. Microvertebrates from the Placerias Quarry: a window on Late Triassic vertebrate diversity in the American Southwest Fran Tannenbaum Kaye and Kevin Padian
    10. Late Triassic microvertebrates from central Europe Denise Sigogneau and Gerhard Hahn
    11. Assemblages of small tetrapods from British Late Triassic fissure deposits Nicholas C. Fraser
    12. Ornithiscian dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of the United States Adrian P. Hunt and Spencer G. Lucas
    13. Early Jurassic small tetrapods from the McCoy Brook formation of Nova Scotia Neil H. Shubin, Paul E. Olsen and Hans-Dieter Sues
    14. The small tetrapods of the Lower Lufeng Formation, Yunnan, China Zhexi Luo and Xiao-chun Wu
    15. Assemblages of small tetrapods from the Early Jurassic of Britain Susan E. Evans and Kenneth A. Kermack
    16. A review of the Early Jurassic tetrapods from the Glen Canyon Group of the American Southwest Hans-Dieter Sues, James M. Clark and Farish A. Jenkins, Jr
    17. An Early or Middle Jurassic tetrapod assemblage from the La Boca Formation, northeastern Mexico James M. Clark, Marisol Montellano, James A. Hopson, René Hernández and David Fastovsky
    18. Middle Jurassic microvertebrate assemblages from the British Isles Susan E. Evans and Andrew Milner
    19. A new Bathonian microvertebrate locality in the English Midlands Sara J. Metcalf and Rachel J. Walker
    Part III. Faunal Change:
    20. The chronology and biogeography of mammalian origins Spencer G. Lucas and Adrian P. Hunt
    21. Biotic and climatic changes in the Carnian (Triassic) of Europe and adjacent areas Michael J. Simms, Alastair H. Ruffell and Andrew L. A. Johnson
    22. Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods Michael J. Benton
    23. Comments on 'Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods' Nicholas C. Fraser and Hans-Dieter Sues
    24. What was the tempo and mode of evolutionary change in the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic? Kevin Padian
    25. Field trip guide: field guide to three late Triassic tetrapod sites in Virginia and North Carolina Paul E. Olsen and Annika K. Johansson.

  • Editors

    Nicholas C. Fraser, Virginia Museum of Natural History

    Hans-Dieter Sues, Royal Ontario Museum

    Contributors

    Nicholas C. Fraser, Hans-Dieter Sues, Andrew Milner, Olivier Rieppel, Xiao-chun Wu, Robert L. Carroll, Rupert Wild, James M. Clark, Zhexi Luo, Michael J. Benton, Geoffrey Warrington, Andrew J. Newell , Patrick S. Spencer, Fran Tannenbaum Kaye, Kevin Padian, Denise Sigogneau, Gerhard Hahn, Adrian P. Hunt, Spencer G. Lucas, Neil H. Shubin, Paul E. Olsen, Susan E. Evans, Kenneth A. Kermack, Farish A. Jenkins, Jr, Marisol Montellano, James A. Hopson, René Hernández, David Fastovsky, Andrew Milner, Sara J. Metcalf, Rachel J. Walker, Michael J. Simms, Alastair H. Ruffell, Andrew L. A. Johnson, Michael J. Benton, Annika K. Johansson

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