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The Sauropods

Edited by Kristina Curry Rogers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520246232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932333 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246232.001.0001
The Sauropods

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Sauropod dinosaurs were the largest animals ever to walk the earth, and they represent a substantial portion of vertebrate biomass and biodiversity during the Mesozoic Era. The story of sauropod evolution is told in an extensive fossil record of skeletons and footprints that span the globe and 150 million years of earth history. This volume provides a scientific summary of sauropod evolution and paleobiology. The chapters explore sauropod anatomy, detail its variations, and question the myth that life at large size led to evolutionary stagnation and eventual replacement by more “advanced” herbivorous dinosaurs. Chapters address topics such as the evolutionary history and diversity of sauropods; methods for creating three-dimensional reconstructions of their skeletons; questions of sauropodherbivory, tracks, gigantism, locomotion, reproduction, growth rates, and more.

Keywords: sauropod dinosaurs; Mesozoic Era; sauropod evolution; paleobiology; evolutionary stagnation; tracks; gigantism; locomotion; reproduction; growth rates

Book.  358 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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