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Changes in Vertebrate Fauna during Global Transitions
This research is about vertebrate species from two key extinctions: the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T, about 65 million years ago), and the Triassic-Jurassic (Tr-J, about 210 million years ago). Studies in southern Alberta and south-western China are adding to our understanding of the diversity and number of dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils after Tr-J boundary and before the K-T extinction. The work contributes to our knowledge of the origin and evolution of species of dinosaurs, turtles, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and others. It also helps to understand the extent of the biological and environmental changes globally.
Principal investigator: Xiao-chun Wu.
Dr. Chun Li
Dr. T. Sato
Dr. Yen-nien Cheng
Dr. Li-jun Zhao
Drs. Donald B. Brinkman and David Eberth
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
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