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Paleontological evidence to date the tree of life.
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This work provides "hard" minimum and "soft" maximum age constraints for 30 divergences among key genome model organisms; these should contribute to better understanding of the dating of the animal tree of life. Expand
The fossil record 2
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This chapter discusses the main groups of the phylum Protozoa, which consists of Invertebrates, Amphibian-grade Tetrapoda, and Plants, and their relationships to each other. Expand
Diversification and extinction in the history of life.
  • M. Benton
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 7 April 1995
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Analysis of the fossil record of microbes, algae, fungi, protists, plants, and animals shows that the diversity of both marine and continental life increased exponentially since the end of the Precambrian, but no support was found for the periodicity of mass extinctions. Expand
The timing and pattern of biotic recovery following the end-Permian mass extinction
The aftermath of the great end-Permian period mass extinction 252 Myr ago shows how life can recover from the loss of >90% species globally. The crisis was triggered by a number of physicalExpand
Calibrating and constraining molecular clocks
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In explaining the role of fossils in establishing timescales, the historical sequ ence in which key observations were made is reviewed, and a list of 63 key dates is presented, with thorough evidence and error expressions, for a wide range of organisms. Expand
Classification and phylogeny of the diapsid reptiles
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A cladistic analysis of skull and skeletal characters of all described Permo-Triassic diapsid reptiles suggests some significant rearrangements to commonly held views of the Diapsida. Expand
Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain
Access to the countryside. Museum abbreviations. British Carboniferous fossil reptile sites. British Permian fossil reptile sites. British Triassic fossil reptile sites. Britsh Early Jurassic fossilExpand
The Red Queen and the Court Jester: Species Diversity and the Role of Biotic and Abiotic Factors Through Time
  • M. Benton
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 6 February 2009
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Paleobiological studies suggest that species diversity is driven largely by abiotic factors such as climate, landscape, or food supply, and comparative phylogenetic approaches offer new insights into clade dynamics. Expand
Early dinosaurs: A phylogenetic study
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A new cladistic analysis of the early dinosaur radiation was performed to assess the relationships among the three major clades (Ornithischia, Sauropodomorpha and Theropoda) and to define the phylogenetic position of the basal members of the group. Expand
The higher-level phylogeny of Archosauria (Tetrapoda: Diapsida)
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This analysis produces a well-resolved phylogeny, which recovers mostly traditional relationships within Avemetatarsalia, places Phytosauria as a basal crurotarsan clade, finds a close relationship between Aetosaurian and Crocodylomorpha, and recovers a monophyletic Rauisuchia comprised of two major subclades. Expand
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