A life table for Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis: initial insights into ornithischian dinosaur population biology.

@article{Erickson2009ALT,
  title={A life table for Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis: initial insights into ornithischian dinosaur population biology.},
  author={Gregory Mark Erickson and Peter J Makovicky and Brian D. Inouye and Chang-Fu Zhou and Ke-Qin Gao},
  journal={Anatomical record},
  year={2009},
  volume={292 9},
  pages={1514-21}
}
Very little is known about nonavian dinosaur population biology. Multi-individual sampling and longevity estimation using growth line counts can be used to construct life tables-the foundation for population analyses in ecology. Here we have determined the size and age distribution for a sample consisting of 80 individuals of the small ornithischian, Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis from the early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China. Their ages ranged from less than a year to eleven years and the… CONTINUE READING
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