Special Issue "Middle Jurassic Dinosaurs in Context"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2017)
Dr. Neil Donald Lewis Clark
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK
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Interests: vertebrate palaeoichnology; Middle Jurassic dinosaurs, crocodiles, ichthyosaurs; imaging techniques in palaeontology (MRI, CT, CSLM, UV, IR, microCT); geodiversity and geoconservation; stratigraphy; amber
Middle Jurassic dinosaurs are crucial to our understanding of the early evolution of many of the better known Cretaceous forms. Dinosaurs such as the sauropods diversified greatly at this time and the earliest coelurosaurians first appeared. Recently found material may help to pin down the origination date of some of the major theropod lineages that gave rise to tyrannosaurs, dromaeosaurs and birds. This Special Issue of Geosciences examines the development of these important dinosaur lineages and places them within their contemporaneous environments in order to help contextualise the diversification and evolution of dinosaurs at this time. The aim is to include papers (original research articles, review articles, commentary, and case studies) looking at the evidence from both osteological, ichnological and other remains of the dinosaurs and their associated fauna and flora to build a more holistic picture of the Middle Jurassic interconnectedness.
For this Special Issue, we invite contributions broadly exploring Middle Jurassic environments and their dinosaurs, the spatial distribution of dinosaur groups and their evolution. Potential topics include changes in climate, palaeogeography, ecology, evolution, dinosaur locomotion, and diet. Papers may focus on the taxonomic description of individual specimens, the broader evolution of major groups, environmental and ecological contexts of dinosaurs in the Middle Jurassic, changes in associated fauna and flora, and the distribution of the different dinosaur groups although other relevant topics will be considered.
It is recommended that authors approach the Guest Editors at an early stage about possible submissions in order to verify the appropriateness of their potential contributions. If appropriate, an abstract will be requested, and the corresponding author required to submit the full manuscript online by the deadline.
Dr. Neil Donald Lewis Clark
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- Middle Jurassic
- Environment change