Ecological opportunity and the rise and fall of crocodylomorph evolutionary innovation

  title={Ecological opportunity and the rise and fall of crocodylomorph evolutionary innovation},
  author={Thomas L. Stubbs and Stephanie E. Pierce and Armin Elsler and Philip S. L. Anderson and Emily J. Rayfield and Michael J. Benton},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
Understanding the origin, expansion and loss of biodiversity is fundamental to evolutionary biology. The approximately 26 living species of crocodylomorphs (crocodiles, caimans, alligators and gharials) represent just a snapshot of the group's rich 230-million-year history, whereas the fossil record reveals a hidden past of great diversity and innovation, including ocean and land-dwelling forms, herbivores, omnivores and apex predators. In this macroevolutionary study of skull and jaw shape… 

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