Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic–Cretaceous transition

  title={Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic–Cretaceous transition},
  author={R. Benson and P. Druckenmiller},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  • R. Benson, P. Druckenmiller
  • Published 2014
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Biological Reviews
  • Marine and terrestrial animals show a mosaic of lineage extinctions and diversifications during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition. [...] Key Result Although seven plesiosaurian lineages have been hypothesised as crossing the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary, our most parsimonious topology suggests the number was only three. The robust recovery of a novel group including most Cretaceous plesiosauroids (Xenopsaria, new clade) is instrumental in this result. Substantial plesiosaurian turnover occurred during the…Expand Abstract
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