Were dinosaurs special? Maybe not!
DAWNDINOS project’s research technician Emily Keeble explains potentially contradictory evidence from changes in the abundance, diversity (number of lineages) and disparity (shape/form) of animals across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary and its mass extinctions.
Three scientific papers discussed in the video:
- Benton, M.J. 1983. Dinosaur success in the Triassic: a noncompetitive ecological model. The Quarterly Review of Biology 58:1, 29-55 https://www.jstor.org/stable/2828101
- Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M. & Lloyd, G.T. 2008. Superiority, competition and opportunism in the evolutionary radiation of dinosaurs. Science 321:5895, 1485-1488 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/321/5895/1485
- Bernardi, M., Gianolla, P., Petti, F.M., Mietto, P. & Benton, M.J. 2018 Dinosaur diversification linked with the Carnian Pluvial Episode. Nature Communications 9, 1499 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03996-1
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