New perspectives on ancient marine reptiles
2014 (English)In: Geological Magazine, ISSN 0016-7568, E-ISSN 1469-5081, Vol. 151, no 1, 5-6 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Amniotes first invaded saline lagoons and coastal seaways towards the end of the Palaeozoic (Early Permian, similar to 280 Ma: Pineiro et al. 2012), but by the dawn of the Mesozoic (Early-Middle Triassic, similar to 250-235 Ma: Rieppel, 2002; McGowan & Motani, 2003) they had achieved a diversity of specialized body-forms requisite for an obligate oceanic lifestyle. Such an explosive ecomorphological radiation paved the way for amniote dominance of large-bodied aquatic carnivore/omnivore niches over the next 185 Ma, with some lineages (e.g. dyrosaurid crocodylomorphs and bothremydid turtles: Gaffney, Tong & Meylan, 2006; Barbosa, Kellner & Sales Viana, 2008) even persisting on into the Palaeogene (until similar to 50 Ma), and diversifying (i.e. chelonioid sea turtles: Hirayama, 1997) alongside emergent marine mammals through the Neogene (from similar to 23 Ma) and up until today.
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2014. Vol. 151, no 1, 5-6 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223439DOI: 10.1017/S0016756813000873ISI: 000332374100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223439DiVA: diva2:713110