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Triassic Life on Land The Great Transition by Hans-Dieter (Associate Director for Science and Collections,) Sues, Nicholas (Keeper, Natural Sciences, National Museum Fraser
  

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Triassic Life on Land The Great Transition by Hans-Dieter (Associate Director for Science and Collections,) Sues, Nicholas (Keeper, Natural Sciences, National Museum Fraser

The Triassic period is generally viewed as the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs. For paleontologists, however, it also marks the rise of the world's first modern land ecosystems.Over the past three decades, extensive, worldwide fieldwork has led to the discovery of many new species of Triassic animals and plants, suggesting that faunal and floral changes already began in the Middle Triassic and were more protracted than previously thought. The Late Triassic is a pivotal time in the evolution of life on land, with many of the major groups of present-day vertebrates and insects first appearing in the fossil record. This book provides the first detailed overview of life on land during the Triassic period for advanced students and researchers. Noted vertebrate paleontologists Hans-Dieter Sues and Nicholas C. Fraser also review the biotic changes of this period and their possible causes.

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A very useful resource. * Smithsonian Magazine * Accomplished paleobiologists Sues and Fraser have compiled a well-organized, beautifully illustrated volume on the current state of paleobiological investigations into Triassic terrestrial life. * Choice * In summary, Triassic Life on Land is the best technical reference available on the Triassic period and brings us forward from the days of thecodonts and Coelophysis. -- William G. Parker * BioScience * ...a concise, global review of current knowledge of terrestrial Triassic biotas... * Tetrapod Zoology Blog * an excellent resource, compiling evidence from geology, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, and paleobotany, and builds a comprehensive image of the Triassic Period and its significance as a time of transformation in terrestrial ecosystems. -- Robert R. Reisz * Quarterly Review of Biology *


About the Author

Hans-Dieter Sues is Senior Scientist and Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and co-editor, with Nicholas C. Fraser, of In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods.Nicholas C. Fraser is Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Publication date

9th April 2010

Author

Hans-Dieter (Associate Director for Science and Collections,) Sues, Nicholas (Keeper, Natural Sciences, National Museum Fraser

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Publisher

Columbia University Press

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Palaeontology

ISBN

9780231135221

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