Nocturnality in Dinosaurs Inferred from Scleral Ring and Orbit Morphology

@article{Schmitz2011NocturnalityID,
  title={Nocturnality in Dinosaurs Inferred from Scleral Ring and Orbit Morphology},
  author={Lars Schmitz and Ryosuke Motani},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={332},
  pages={705 - 708}
}
  • Lars Schmitz, Ryosuke Motani
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Comparison of eye structures between fossils and modern species suggests that Mesozoic archosaurs were active day and night. Variation in daily activity patterns facilitates temporal partitioning of habitat and resources among species. Knowledge of temporal niche partitioning in paleobiological systems has been limited by the difficulty of obtaining reliable information about activity patterns from fossils. On the basis of an analysis of scleral ring and orbit morphology in 33 archosaurs… CONTINUE READING

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