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Basal Tetanurae

Thomas R. Holtz, Ralph E. Molnar and Philip J. Currie

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/9780520242098.003.0006
Basal Tetanurae

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Tetanurae comprised Carnosauria, a monophyletic group composed of Allosaurus, and Coelurosauria, containing modern birds and all taxa closer to modern birds than to Carnosauria. This chapter examines spinosauroids, carnosaurs, and basal coelurosaurs. Among the taxa in this chapter are the largest carnivorous dinosaurs found in Middle Jurassic through early Late Cretaceous faunal assemblages. The chapter also discusses some of the smallest nonavian dinosaurs, including Compsognathus and Sinosauropteryx.

Keywords: Tetanurae; Carnosauria; Allosaurus; Coelurosauria; spinosauroids; carnosaurs; basal coelurosaurs; Compsognathus; Sinosauropteryx

Chapter.  29945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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