I'm famous again. Well, sort of. I played a fairly minor role in some interesting new research on the rise of the dinosaurs that suggests it was their competitors, the crurotarsans (crocodiles and their antecedents), that had the greater range of body plans and indistinguishable rates of evolution back in the Triassic when both groups first appeared. The dinosaurs came to dominate, perhaps not because they were superior, but simply that they got lucky with two rounds of mass extinction hurting the crurotarsans much more, leaving only the true crocs to soldier on through the Mesozoic.
The Desolation Of Smaug - An Analysis
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