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The Dinosauria$
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David Weishampel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242098

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242098.001.0001

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The Dinosauria

David B. Weishampel

Peter Dodson

Halszka Osmólska

University of California Press

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

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