In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods

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Nicholas C. Fraser, Hans-Dieter Sues
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - Science - 435 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Late Triassic and Jurassic amphibians fossil record and phylogeny
5
The Lepidosauromorpha an overview with special emphasis on the Squamata
23
Late TriassicEarly Jurassic sphenodontians from China and the phytogeny of the Sphenodontia
38
Marine members of the Sphenodontia
70
Patterns of evolution in Mesozoic Crocodyliformes
84
Sistergroup relationships of mammals and transformations of diagnostic mammalian characters
98
Faunal assemblages
129
A review of the British Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages
131
Assemblages of small tetrapods from the Early Jurassic of Britain
271
A review of the Early Jurassic tetrapods from the Glen Canyon Group of the American Southwest
284
An Early or Middle Jurassic tetrapod assemblage from the La Boca Formation northeastern Mexico
295
Middle Jurassic microvertebrate assemblages from the British Isles
303
A new Bathonian microvertebrate locality in the English Midlands
322
Faunal change
333
The chronology and paleobiogeography of mammalian origins
335
Biotic and climatic changes in the Carnian Triassic of Europe and adjacent areas
352

Small tetrapods from the Upper Triassic of the Richmond basin Newark Supergroup Virginia
161
Microvertebrates from the Placerias Quarry a window on Late Triassic vertebrate diversity in the American Southwest
171
Late Triassic microvertebrates from central Europe
197
Assemblages of small tetrapods from British Late Triassic fissure deposits
214
Ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of the United States
227
Early Jurassic small tetrapods from the McCoy Brook Formation of Nova Scotia Canada
242
The small tetrapods of the Lower Lufeng Formation Yunnan China
251
Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods testing the pattern
366
Comments on Bentons Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods
398
What were the tempo and mode of evolutionary change in the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic?
401
Field guide to Late Triassic tetrapod sites in Virginia and North Carolina
408
Taxonomic index
431
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