: Monoliths of the Mesozoic

Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers

in The Sauropods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520246232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932333 | DOI:
: Monoliths of the Mesozoic

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This book investigates the sauropod systematics and paleobiology. It hopes to explain how their body plan was constructed, to explore its variations, and to dispel the myth that it led to evolutionary stagnation and eventual replacement by more “advanced” herbivorous dinosaurs. The sauropod fossil record has in part led the monolithic depiction of sauropods. It then attempts to gain new understanding of “nature's grandest extravagances.” Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is presented. This book documents what is currently known about sauropod evolutionary history, and also highlights deficiencies in the understanding. In that sense, it is hoped that this volume will spark interest, provoke questions, and provide fresh ground for continued research on sauropod dinosaurs.

Keywords: sauropod; systematic; paleobiology; fossil; evolutionary history; herbivorous dinosaurs; monolithic depiction

Chapter.  6361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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