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Mesozoic Biogeography of Dinosauria

Thomas R. Holtz, Ralph E. Chapman and Matthew C. Lamanna

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/9780520242098.003.0030
Mesozoic Biogeography of Dinosauria

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This chapter examines the global paleobiogeography of dinosaurian faunas. It discusses various quantitative methods used to determine the patterns of endemicity in different regions during the Mesozoic. Vicariance biogeography is a method based on the hypothesis that the majority of the distribution of organisms is due to the division of large ancestral ranges caused by environmental and geographic changes. It is also used for examining the history in a particular phylogenetic lineage and the paleobiogeographic patterns of the component members of faunal assemblages. The chapter also discusses phenetic methods which can provide useful data on various aspects of the biology of the taxa being studied.

Keywords: paleobiogeography; dinosaurian faunas; vicariance biogeography; phylogenetic lineage; phenetic methods

Chapter.  7865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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