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Cope's rule and the adaptive landscape of dinosaur body size evolution

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The largest known dinosaurs weighed at least 20 million times as much as the smallest, indicating exceptional phenotypic divergence. Previous studies have focused on extreme giant sizes, tests of Cope’s rule, and miniaturization on the line leading to birds. We use non-uniform macroevolutionary models based on Ornstein-Uhlenbeck and trend processes to unify these observations, asking: what patterns of evolutionary rates, directionality and constraint explain the diversification of dinos...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/pala.12329

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
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Benson, R
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Starting Grant: TEMPO
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Palaeontology Journal website
Volume:
61
Issue:
1
Pages:
13–48
Publication date:
2017-10-22
Acceptance date:
2017-08-29
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EISSN:
1475-4983
ISSN:
0031-0239
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724542
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uuid:c4883350-dda6-4f59-8b2a-d98ff1d6c41b
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pubs:724542
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2017-08-30

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