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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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Mesozoic Biogeography of Dinosauria

Mesozoic Biogeography of Dinosauria

(p.627) Twenty-Seven Mesozoic Biogeography of Dinosauria
The Dinosauria

Thomas R. Holtz

Ralph E. Chapman

Matthew C. Lamanna

University of California Press

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

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