Paleontological Journal

, Volume 52, Issue 14, pp 1764–1770 | Cite as

On Morphological Diversity in Directed Development of Late Carnivorous Dinosaurs (Theropoda Marsh 1881)

  • R. BarsboldEmail author


The late (post-Triassic) carnivorous dinosaurs show a wide morphological diversity, which most probably reached the highest level during the Cretaceous Period, the longest in the Phanerozoic (80 Ma) and represented the time of the last and longest flourishing of the entire group. The Late Cretaceous, which lasted slightly less than half of this period, probably displays the majority of the entire diversity known in the morphological evolution of theropods. This was to a considerable extent facilitated by the especially favorable conditions for preservation of fossils that developed during this time, being the major cause of abundance of the fossil record.

When considering the diversity of late carnivorous dinosaurs, at least two approaches are possible. First, to compare all theropod groups, which are represented by diverse and abundant material, but, nevertheless, overcome inevitable incompleteness and sometimes low informativeness, along with discrepancy of mass...


Dinosauria Theropoda Dromaeosauridae Oviraptoridae Cretaceous 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Paleontology and Geology, Mongolian Academy of SciencesUlaanbaatarMongolia

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