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Option 5 - 2016

 

 

Reading List - Option 5 (2016)

Please note that if references are marked with an asterisk (*) , they have been highlighted by your lecturers as being particularly useful to you.

David Norman Lectures

Op 5. Evolutionary Palaeobiology (vertebrates)

Lecture 5. LIFE ON LAND: ‘SOLUTIONS’

Useful textbooks: Tetrapods generally:

Dinosaurs specifically:

Thought-provoking references on the biology/physiology of transition: 

Lecture 6. DINOSAURS AND THEIR BIOLOGY

Useful textbooks:

  • Brusatte S (2012). Dinosaur paleobiology. Wiley Blackwell
  • Fastovsky & Weishampel (2005). The evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs. Cambridge University Press.
  • Curry-Rogers K & Wilson J (2005). The Sauropods: evolution and paleobiology. California University Press
  • Norman D (2005). Dinosaurs – a very short introduction. Oxford University Press

Specific references: 

The soft tissues and biochemistry of dinosaurs investigated and endlessly argued over. This list includes stuff you never actually read from the 1A course! Now's the chance to catch up?

 

Lecture 7. CHEWING, BREATHING (BEING HIGHLY AEROBIC)

Useful textbooks: 

  • Norman D (2005) Dinosaurs a very short introduction. Oxford University Press.
  • Gauthier, J & LF Gall (2001). New perspectives on the origin and early evolution of birds. Proceedings of the international symposium in honour of John H Ostrom. Peabody Museum, Yale University.

Some specific references:

Herbivory 

  • Norman D & Weishampel D (1985). Ornithopod feeding mechanisms: their bearing on the evolution of herbivory. Am. Naturalist 126: 151
  • Farlow J (1987). Speculations about the diet and digestive physiology of herbivorous dinosaurs. Paleobiology 13: 60-72.
  • Barrett P & Willis K (2001). Did dinosaurs invent flowers? Dinosaur-angiosperm co-evolution revisited. Biological Reviews 76: 411-447.
  • Piperno, DR & H-D Sues (2005). Dinosaurs dined on grass. Science 310: 1126-1128.
  • Holliday & Witmer (2008). Cranial kinesis in dinosaurs: intracranial joints, protractor muscles and their significance for cranial evolution and function in diapsids. J. Vertebr. Paleo. 28: 1073-1088.
  • Williams V, Barrett P, Purnell, M (2009). Quantitative analysis of dental microwear in hadrosaurid dinosaurs – jaw mechanics and feeding. Proc Natl Acad Sci 106: 11194-11199.
  • Bell, Snively & Shychoski (2009). A comparison of jaw mechanics in hadrosaurid and ceratopid dinosaurs using FEA. The Anatomical Record 292: 1338-1351.
  • Erickson et al. (2012). Complex dental structure and wear biomechanics in hadrosaurid dinosaurs. Science 338: 98-101.
  • Barrett P (2014). Paleobiology of herbivorous dinosaurs. Ann. Rev. Earth Planet Sci 42: 207-230.
  • Mallon & Anderson (2014). The functional and palaeoecological implications of tooth morphology and wear for megaherbivorous dinosaurs ... PlosONE 9 (6) e98605.

Respiration/aerobic capacity 

  • O'Connor P & L Claessens (2005). Basic avian pulmonary design and flow-through ventilation in non-avian theropod dinosaurs. Nature 436: 253-256. (the ground-breaking paper) 

  • Farmer C & K Sanders (2010). Unidirectional airflow in the lungs of alligators. Science 327: 338-340. (Ah ha! so basal archosaurs have surprisingly 'efficient' lungs as well ... so what does that tell us?) 

  • Benson, R, Butler, R et al (2012). Air-filled postcranial bones in theropod dinosaurs: physiological implications and the ‘reptile’-bird transition. Biological Reviews 87: 168-193. (What it says on the tin)

Lecture 8. Ultimate dinosaurs - the birds

Useful textbooks: 

  • Gauthier, J & LF Gall (2001). New perspectives on the origin and early evolution of birds. Proceedings of the international symposium in honour of John H Ostrom. Peabody Museum, Yale University. 

  • Fastovsky D & Weishampel, D (2005). The evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs. Cambridge University Press 

  • Brusatte S (2012) Dinosaur paleobiology. Wiley-Blackwell + a little intellectual excursion into evolutionary theorizing: 'correlated progression' - an approach concerning the question of how to turn a large reptile into a small mammal (or a bird) ... 

  • Kemp T (2005). The origin and evolution of mammals. Oxford Univ Press.

Some specific references (bird origins):

  • Huxley TH (1870). Further evidence of the affinity between the dinosaurian reptiles and birds. Quart. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 26: 12-31. 

  • Ostrom JH (1976). Archaeopteryx and the origin of birds. Biol J Linn Soc London 8: 91-182. 

  • Gatesy SM (1995). Functional evolution of the hindlimb and tail from basal theropods to birds. Functional morphology in vertebrate paleontology (Ed. JJ Thomason. Cambridge Univ Press. 

  • Ji & Ji (1996). On the discovery of the earliest fossil bird in China (Sinosauropteryx gen. nov) and the origin of birds. Chinese Geology, 233: 30-33. [The first report of feathered theropods from China]. 

  • Gatesy, SM & K. Dial (1996). Locomotor modules and the evolution of avian flight. Evolution 50: 331-340.

  • Gatesy, SM & K. Dial (1996). From frond to fan: Archaeopteryx and the evolution of short-tailed birds. Evolution 50: 2037-2048. 

  • Padian, K & Chiappe, LM (1998). The origin of birds and their flight. Scientific American (February): 28-37. 

  • Wagner GP & J Gauthier (1999). A solution to the problem of the homology of the digits in the avian hand. PNAS 96: 5111-5116. [also a critique by Feduccia in same issue] 

  • Currie, PJ & Chen, PJ (2001). Anatomy of Sinosauropteryx prima from Liaoning, northeastern China. Canadian J Earth Sci. 38: 1705-1727.

  • Dial, K. (2003). Wing-assisted inclined running and the evolution of flight. Science 299: 402-404. 

  • Xu, X. et al (2004).Basal tyrannosauroids from China and evidence of protofeathers in tyrannosauroids. Nature 431: 680-684. 

  • Xu, X & M. Norell (2004). A new troodontid dinosaur from China with an avian-like sleeping posture. Nature 431: 838-841.

  • Xu, X et al. (2009). A Jurassic ceratosaur from China helps clarify avian digital homologies. Nature 459: 940-944.

  • Benson, RBJ, Butler, RJ et al (2012). Air-filled postcranial bones in theropod dinosaurs: physiological implications and the ‘reptile’-bird transition. Biological Reviews 87: 168-193. 

  • Xu, et al. (2015). A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran theropod with preserved evidence of membranous wings. Nature 521: 70-73