Macroevolutionary trends in the Dinosauria: Cope's rule.


Cope's rule is the tendency for body size to increase over time along a lineage. A set of 65 phylogenetically independent comparisons, between earlier and later genera, show that Cope's rule applied in dinosaurs: later genera were on average about 25% longer than the related earlier genera to which they were compared. The tendency for size to increase was… (More)


5 Figures and Tables

Cite this paper

@article{Hone2005MacroevolutionaryTI, title={Macroevolutionary trends in the Dinosauria: Cope's rule.}, author={David W E Hone and T M Keesey and Davide Pisani and Andy Purvis}, journal={Journal of evolutionary biology}, year={2005}, volume={18 3}, pages={587-95} }