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New perspectives on ancient marine reptiles
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
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
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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.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223439DOI: 10.1017/S0016756813000873ISI: 000332374100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223439DiVA: diva2:713110
Available from: 2014-04-21 Created: 2014-04-18 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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