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Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

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Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology  
DisciplinePaleontology, vertebrates
Edited byLars Werdelin, Alan Turner
Publication details
2.190 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Vertebr. Paleontol.
ISSN0272-4634 (print)
1937-2809 (web)
OCLC no.238100068

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1980 by Jiri Zidek (University of Oklahoma). It covers all aspects of vertebrate paleontology, including vertebrate origins, evolution, functional morphology, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, and paleoanthropology. The journal is published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 2.190.[1]

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Asilisaurus kongwe was a silesaurid, which is a close relative of dinosaurs. And it lived about 240 million years ago, in what is present day Tanzania. It was about the size of a Greyhound, and it also walked around on all fours, like a Greyhound. But it had a long neck, and a long tail. And it also had a beaked mouth, and so we think it probably ate plants, and maybe some insects too. What we were looking at were muscle scars, which are places where the muscles and tendons attach onto bones. And as an animal grows, it leaves these scars. It goes from lacking a scar, where the muscle attaches to, as it gets more mature, possessing a scar. So what we were looking at was, the order in which these scars appear during growth in each of these animals. We studied the fossils of a Asilisaurus, because we had an excellent growth series. That's a series of fossils of smaller, less mature individuals, to the very largest mature individuals. This is very rare for early dinosaurs, and their closest relatives. We normally only find, maybe part of one skeleton, if we're lucky, three or four skeletons. So the fact that we could have over 25 bones in a growth series, to look at this, look at the growth in this species, is just an excellent way of understanding growth, in not only this species, but using it to better interpret how closely related species grew, for which we don't have growth series of fossils.


  1. ^ "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2018.

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