Superiority, Competition, and Opportunism in the Evolutionary Radiation of Dinosaurs

@article{Brusatte2008SuperiorityCA,
  title={Superiority, Competition, and Opportunism in the Evolutionary Radiation of Dinosaurs},
  author={S. Brusatte and M. Benton and M. Ruta and G. Lloyd},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={321},
  pages={1485 - 1488}
}
  • S. Brusatte, M. Benton, +1 author G. Lloyd
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
  • The rise and diversification of the dinosaurs in the Late Triassic, from 230 to 200 million years ago, is a classic example of an evolutionary radiation with supposed competitive replacement. A comparison of evolutionary rates and morphological disparity of basal dinosaurs and their chief “competitors,” the crurotarsan archosaurs, shows that dinosaurs exhibited lower disparity and an indistinguishable rate of character evolution. The radiation of Triassic archosaurs as a whole is characterized… CONTINUE READING
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