Chapter

Introduction

David B. Weishampel, Peter Dodson and Halszka Osmólska

in The Dinosauria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520242098
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242098.003.0001
Introduction

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Research programs across the globe are broadening our understanding of dinosaur diversity and the range of the intellectual perspectives brought to dinosaur studies. This book is devoted to issues of general concern about dinosaurs as a whole. It reflects the dynamic fields of dinosaur systematics, definition and diagnosis of Dinosauria, the origin of the clade, the interrelationships of the major dinosaurian groups, diagnostic features, anatomy, phylogeny, taphonomy, paleoecology, biogeography, physiology, and possible causes of their extinction. It also provides numerical cladistic analyses, complete with character descriptions and character-taxon matrices.

Keywords: dinosaurs; Dinosauria; anatomy; phylogeny; taphonomy; paleoecology; biogeography; physiology; extinction; cladistic analyses

Chapter.  2081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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