Structural function and evolution of the subarctometatarsus

White, Matt Andrew. 2007, Structural function and evolution of the subarctometatarsus, M.Sc. thesis, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University.

Title Structural function and evolution of the subarctometatarsus
Author White, Matt Andrew.
Institution Deakin University
School School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science and Technology
Degree name M.Sc.
Date submitted 2007
Keyword(s) Saurischia - Anatomy
Vertebrates, Fossil - China
Dinosaurs - Flight
Birds - Evolution
Summary Compares the metatarsal structural design (subarctometatarsus) of recently discovered Chinese feathered dinosaurs with the metatarsus (arctometatarsus) possessed by more advanced theropod dinosaurs and the metatarsus of more primitive forms. The subarctometatarsus was proved to be an intermediate structure. Additionally the metatarsus appears to co-incide with the evolution of the avian feather suggesting a possible relationship between the subarctometatarsus's evolution and the evolution of avian flight.
Language eng
Description of original [v], 134 leaves : ill., maps ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 543.01
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