publication . Article . 2013

An evolutionary cascade model for sauropod dinosaur gigantism--overview, update and tests.

Sander, P. Martin;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2013 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 8, issue 10 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract
Sauropod dinosaurs are a group of herbivorous dinosaurs which exceeded all other terrestrial vertebrates in mean and maximal body size. Sauropod dinosaurs were also the most successful and long-lived herbivorous tetrapod clade, but no abiological factors such as global environmental parameters conducive to their gigantism can be identified. These facts justify major efforts by evolutionary biologists and paleontologists to understand sauropods as living animals and to explain their evolutionary success and uniquely gigantic body size. Contributions to this research program have come from many fields and can be synthesized into a biological evolutionary cascade m...
Subjects
free text keywords: Overview, Q, R, Science, Medicine
189 references, page 1 of 13

1 Sander PM, Clauss M (2008) Sauropod gigantism. Science 322: 200–201.18845734 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

2 Sander PM, Christian A, Clauss M, Fechner R, Gee CT, et al (2011) Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: the evolution of gigantism. Biological Reviews 86: 117–155.21251189 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

3 Klein N, Remes K, Gee CT, Sander PM (2011) Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding the Life of Giants. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

4 Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Carrano MT, Barrett PM (2011) Testing the effect of the rock record on diversity: a multidisciplinary approach to elucidating the generic richness of sauropodomorph dinosaurs through time. Biological Reviews 86: 157–181.20412186 [PubMed]

5 Benson RBJ, Mannion PD, Butler RJ, Upchurch P, Goswami A, et al (2013) Cretaceous tetrapod fossil record sampling and faunal turnover: implications for biogeography and the rise of modern clades. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372: 88–107.

6 Curry Rogers K, Wilson JA (2005) The Sauropods. Evolution and Paleobiology. Berkeley: University of California Press. 358.

7 Tidwell V, Carpenter K (2005) Thunder-Lizards. The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 495.

8 Wilson JA (2002) Sauropod dinosaur phylogeny: critique and cladistic analysis. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London 136: 217–276.

9 O'Gorman EJ, Hone DWE (2012) Body size distribution of the dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 7: e51925.23284818 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

10 Campione NE, Evans DC (2012) A universal scaling relationship between body mass and proximal limb bone dimensions in quadrupedal terrestrial tetrapods. BMC Biology 10: 1–22.22214525 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

11 Trammer J (2011) Differences in global biomass and energy use between dinosaurs and mammals. Acta Geologica Polonica 61: 125–132.

12 Codron D, Carbone C, Müller DWH, Clauss M (2012) Ontogenetic niche shifts in dinosaurs influenced size, diversity and extinction in terrestrial vertebrates. Biology Letters 8: 620–623.22513279 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

13 Sookias RB, Benson RBJ, Butler RJ (2012) Biology, not environment, drives major patterns in maximum tetrapod body size through time. Biology Letters: 1–4.

14 Werner J, Griebeler EM (2011) Reproductive biology and its impact on body size: comparative analyses of mammalian, avian and dinosaurian reproduction. PLoS ONE 6: e28442.22194835 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

15 Werner J, Griebeler EM (2013) Reproduction in non-avian dinosaurs: linking information from the fossil record and from the allometries of extant close relatives. PLoS ONE.

189 references, page 1 of 13
Abstract
Sauropod dinosaurs are a group of herbivorous dinosaurs which exceeded all other terrestrial vertebrates in mean and maximal body size. Sauropod dinosaurs were also the most successful and long-lived herbivorous tetrapod clade, but no abiological factors such as global environmental parameters conducive to their gigantism can be identified. These facts justify major efforts by evolutionary biologists and paleontologists to understand sauropods as living animals and to explain their evolutionary success and uniquely gigantic body size. Contributions to this research program have come from many fields and can be synthesized into a biological evolutionary cascade m...
Subjects
free text keywords: Overview, Q, R, Science, Medicine
189 references, page 1 of 13

1 Sander PM, Clauss M (2008) Sauropod gigantism. Science 322: 200–201.18845734 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

2 Sander PM, Christian A, Clauss M, Fechner R, Gee CT, et al (2011) Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: the evolution of gigantism. Biological Reviews 86: 117–155.21251189 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

3 Klein N, Remes K, Gee CT, Sander PM (2011) Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding the Life of Giants. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

4 Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Carrano MT, Barrett PM (2011) Testing the effect of the rock record on diversity: a multidisciplinary approach to elucidating the generic richness of sauropodomorph dinosaurs through time. Biological Reviews 86: 157–181.20412186 [PubMed]

5 Benson RBJ, Mannion PD, Butler RJ, Upchurch P, Goswami A, et al (2013) Cretaceous tetrapod fossil record sampling and faunal turnover: implications for biogeography and the rise of modern clades. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372: 88–107.

6 Curry Rogers K, Wilson JA (2005) The Sauropods. Evolution and Paleobiology. Berkeley: University of California Press. 358.

7 Tidwell V, Carpenter K (2005) Thunder-Lizards. The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 495.

8 Wilson JA (2002) Sauropod dinosaur phylogeny: critique and cladistic analysis. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London 136: 217–276.

9 O'Gorman EJ, Hone DWE (2012) Body size distribution of the dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 7: e51925.23284818 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

10 Campione NE, Evans DC (2012) A universal scaling relationship between body mass and proximal limb bone dimensions in quadrupedal terrestrial tetrapods. BMC Biology 10: 1–22.22214525 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

11 Trammer J (2011) Differences in global biomass and energy use between dinosaurs and mammals. Acta Geologica Polonica 61: 125–132.

12 Codron D, Carbone C, Müller DWH, Clauss M (2012) Ontogenetic niche shifts in dinosaurs influenced size, diversity and extinction in terrestrial vertebrates. Biology Letters 8: 620–623.22513279 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

13 Sookias RB, Benson RBJ, Butler RJ (2012) Biology, not environment, drives major patterns in maximum tetrapod body size through time. Biology Letters: 1–4.

14 Werner J, Griebeler EM (2011) Reproductive biology and its impact on body size: comparative analyses of mammalian, avian and dinosaurian reproduction. PLoS ONE 6: e28442.22194835 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

15 Werner J, Griebeler EM (2013) Reproduction in non-avian dinosaurs: linking information from the fossil record and from the allometries of extant close relatives. PLoS ONE.

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publication . Article . 2013

An evolutionary cascade model for sauropod dinosaur gigantism--overview, update and tests.

Sander, P. Martin;