Life History Strategies, Growth Rates and Microstructural Character Evolution Across the Coelurosaurian/Avialan Transition

Greg Erickson, Florida State University, Tallahassee

The derivation of birds (avialans) from theropod (carnivorous) dinosaurs is one of the most intriguing and controversial evolutionary transitions. In the body of this research proposal, Drs. Erickson, Curry-Rogers, and Norell explain their approach to this debate through the use of bone histology, growth reconstruction and statistics. Pages in this site include vibrant bone images and growth curves.

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Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology:Development/Growth and Form/Morphometrics
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Paleontology