Extrapolating body masses in large terrestrial vertebrates

  title={Extrapolating body masses in large terrestrial vertebrates},
  author={Nicol{\'a}s E. Campione},
  pages={693 - 699}
  • N. Campione
  • Published 30 June 2017
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Paleobiology
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