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The multi-peak adaptive landscape of crocodylomorph body size evolution.

Godoy PL, Benson RBJ, Bronzati M, Butler RJ.

BMC Evol Biol. 2019 Aug 7;19(1):167. doi: 10.1186/s12862-019-1466-4.


Comparative analysis of the shape and size of the middle ear cavity of turtles reveals no correlation with habitat ecology.

Foth C, Evers SW, Joyce WG, Volpato VS, Benson RBJ.

J Anat. 2019 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/joa.13071. [Epub ahead of print]


Evolution: Much on the Menu for Ancient Crocs.

Benson RBJ, Godoy PL.

Curr Biol. 2019 Jul 22;29(14):R683-R685. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.004.


Anatomy of Rhinochelys pulchriceps (Protostegidae) and marine adaptation during the early evolution of chelonioids.

Evers SW, Barrett PM, Benson RBJ.

PeerJ. 2019 May 1;7:e6811. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6811. eCollection 2019.


Patterns of mammalian jaw ecomorphological disparity during the Mesozoic/Cenozoic transition.

Benevento GL, Benson RBJ, Friedman M.

Proc Biol Sci. 2019 May 15;286(1902):20190347. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0347.


The phylogenetic origin and evolution of acellular bone in teleost fishes: insights into osteocyte function in bone metabolism.

Davesne D, Meunier FJ, Schmitt AD, Friedman M, Otero O, Benson RBJ.

Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2019 Aug;94(4):1338-1363. doi: 10.1111/brv.12505. Epub 2019 Mar 28.


Diversity dynamics of Phanerozoic terrestrial tetrapods at the local-community scale.

Close RA, Benson RBJ, Alroy J, Behrensmeyer AK, Benito J, Carrano MT, Cleary TJ, Dunne EM, Mannion PD, Uhen MD, Butler RJ.

Nat Ecol Evol. 2019 Apr;3(4):590-597. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0811-8. Epub 2019 Feb 18.


A Giant Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the Transition to Quadrupedality in Early Sauropodomorphs.

McPhee BW, Benson RBJ, Botha-Brink J, Bordy EM, Choiniere JN.

Curr Biol. 2018 Oct 8;28(19):3143-3151.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.063. Epub 2018 Sep 27.


Two Early Cretaceous Fossils Document Transitional Stages in Alvarezsaurian Dinosaur Evolution.

Xu X, Choiniere J, Tan Q, Benson RBJ, Clark J, Sullivan C, Zhao Q, Han F, Ma Q, He Y, Wang S, Xing H, Tan L.

Curr Biol. 2018 Sep 10;28(17):2853-2860.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.057. Epub 2018 Aug 23.


Histology of the endothermic opah (Lampris sp.) suggests a new structure-function relationship in teleost fish bone.

Davesne D, Meunier FJ, Friedman M, Benson RBJ, Otero O.

Biol Lett. 2018 Jun;14(6). pii: 20180270. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0270.


The evolutionary history of polycotylid plesiosaurians.

Fischer V, Benson RBJ, Druckenmiller PS, Ketchum HF, Bardet N.

R Soc Open Sci. 2018 Mar 28;5(3):172177. doi: 10.1098/rsos.172177. eCollection 2018 Mar.


Lepidosaurian diversity in the Mesozoic-Palaeogene: the potential roles of sampling biases and environmental drivers.

Cleary TJ, Benson RBJ, Evans SE, Barrett PM.

R Soc Open Sci. 2018 Mar 21;5(3):171830. doi: 10.1098/rsos.171830. eCollection 2018 Mar.


Evolution of the Sauropterygian Labyrinth with Increasingly Pelagic Lifestyles.

Neenan JM, Reich T, Evers SW, Druckenmiller PS, Voeten DFAE, Choiniere JN, Barrett PM, Pierce SE, Benson RBJ.

Curr Biol. 2017 Dec 18;27(24):3852-3858.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.069. Epub 2017 Dec 7.


Comparative analysis of vestibular ecomorphology in birds.

Benson RBJ, Starmer-Jones E, Close RA, Walsh SA.

J Anat. 2017 Dec;231(6):990-1018. doi: 10.1111/joa.12726.


Plasticity and Convergence in the Evolution of Short-Necked Plesiosaurs.

Fischer V, Benson RBJ, Zverkov NG, Soul LC, Arkhangelsky MS, Lambert O, Stenshin IM, Uspensky GN, Druckenmiller PS.

Curr Biol. 2017 Jun 5;27(11):1667-1676.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.04.052. Epub 2017 May 25.


Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long-term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification.

Close RA, Benson RBJ, Upchurch P, Butler RJ.

Nat Commun. 2017 May 22;8:15381. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15381.


Virtual reconstruction of the endocranial anatomy of the early Jurassic marine crocodylomorph Pelagosaurus typus (Thalattosuchia).

Pierce SE, Williams M, Benson RBJ.

PeerJ. 2017 Apr 25;5:e3225. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3225. eCollection 2017.


Open data and digital morphology.

Davies TG, Rahman IA, Lautenschlager S, Cunningham JA, Asher RJ, Barrett PM, Bates KT, Bengtson S, Benson RB, Boyer DM, Braga J, Bright JA, Claessens LP, Cox PG, Dong XP, Evans AR, Falkingham PL, Friedman M, Garwood RJ, Goswami A, Hutchinson JR, Jeffery NS, Johanson Z, Lebrun R, Martínez-Pérez C, Marugán-Lobón J, O'Higgins PM, Metscher B, Orliac M, Rowe TB, Rücklin M, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Shubin NH, Smith SY, Starck JM, Stringer C, Summers AP, Sutton MD, Walsh SA, Weisbecker V, Witmer LM, Wroe S, Yin Z, Rayfield EJ, Donoghue PC.

Proc Biol Sci. 2017 Apr 12;284(1852). pii: 20170194. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0194. Epub 2017 Apr 12. Review.


Developmental mechanisms of macroevolutionary change in the tetrapod axis: A case study of Sauropterygia.

Soul LC, Benson RBJ.

Evolution. 2017 May;71(5):1164-1177. doi: 10.1111/evo.13217. Epub 2017 Mar 21.


Peculiar macrophagous adaptations in a new Cretaceous pliosaurid.

Fischer V, Arkhangelsky MS, Stenshin IM, Uspensky GN, Zverkov NG, Benson RB.

R Soc Open Sci. 2015 Dec 23;2(12):150552. doi: 10.1098/rsos.150552. eCollection 2015 Dec.


Extinction of fish-shaped marine reptiles associated with reduced evolutionary rates and global environmental volatility.

Fischer V, Bardet N, Benson RB, Arkhangelsky MS, Friedman M.

Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 8;7:10825. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10825.


Near-Stasis in the Long-Term Diversification of Mesozoic Tetrapods.

Benson RB, Butler RJ, Alroy J, Mannion PD, Carrano MT, Lloyd GT.

PLoS Biol. 2016 Jan 25;14(1):e1002359. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002359. eCollection 2016 Jan.


Vertebral Pneumaticity in the Ornithomimosaur Archaeornithomimus (Dinosauria: Theropoda) Revealed by Computed Tomography Imaging and Reappraisal of Axial Pneumaticity in Ornithomimosauria.

Watanabe A, Eugenia Leone Gold M, Brusatte SL, Benson RB, Choiniere J, Davidson A, Norell MA.

PLoS One. 2015 Dec 18;10(12):e0145168. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145168. eCollection 2015.


Climate constrains the evolutionary history and biodiversity of crocodylians.

Mannion PD, Benson RBJ, Carrano MT, Tennant JP, Judd J, Butler RJ.

Nat Commun. 2015 Sep 24;6:8438. doi: 10.1038/ncomms9438.


Climate-mediated diversification of turtles in the Cretaceous.

Nicholson DB, Holroyd PA, Benson RBJ, Barrett PM.

Nat Commun. 2015 Aug 3;6:7848. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8848.


Evidence for a Mid-Jurassic Adaptive Radiation in Mammals.

Close RA, Friedman M, Lloyd GT, Benson RB.

Curr Biol. 2015 Aug 17;25(16):2137-42. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.06.047. Epub 2015 Jul 16.


A specimen-level phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of Diplodocidae (Dinosauria, Sauropoda).

Tschopp E, Mateus O, Benson RB.

PeerJ. 2015 Apr 7;3:e857. doi: 10.7717/peerj.857. eCollection 2015.


Rates of dinosaur body mass evolution indicate 170 million years of sustained ecological innovation on the avian stem lineage.

Benson RB, Campione NE, Carrano MT, Mannion PD, Sullivan C, Upchurch P, Evans DC.

PLoS Biol. 2014 May 6;12(5):e1001853. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001853. eCollection 2014 May. Erratum in: PLoS Biol. 2014 Jun;12(6):e1001896.


Competition and constraint drove Cope's rule in the evolution of giant flying reptiles.

Benson RB, Frigot RA, Goswami A, Andres B, Butler RJ.

Nat Commun. 2014 Apr 2;5:3567. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4567.


The latitudinal biodiversity gradient through deep time.

Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Benson RB, Goswami A.

Trends Ecol Evol. 2014 Jan;29(1):42-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.09.012. Epub 2013 Oct 17. Review.


Measurement, variation, and scaling of osteocyte lacunae: a case study in birds.

D'Emic MD, Benson RB.

Bone. 2013 Nov;57(1):300-10. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2013.08.010. Epub 2013 Aug 15.


Rates of dinosaur limb evolution provide evidence for exceptional radiation in Mesozoic birds.

Benson RB, Choiniere JN.

Proc Biol Sci. 2013 Aug 14;280(1768):20131780. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1780. Print 2013 Oct 7.


Osteology of Huabeisaurus allocotus (Sauropoda: Titanosauriformes) from the Upper Cretaceous of China.

D'Emic MD, Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Benson RB, Pang Q, Zhengwu C.

PLoS One. 2013 Aug 2;8(8):e69375. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069375. Print 2013.


New Australovenator hind limb elements pertaining to the holotype reveal the most complete Neovenatorid leg.

White MA, Benson RB, Tischler TR, Hocknull SA, Cook AG, Barnes DG, Poropat SF, Wooldridge SJ, Sloan T, Sinapius GH, Elliott DA.

PLoS One. 2013 Jul 24;8(7):e68649. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068649. Print 2013.


A giant pliosaurid skull from the late Jurassic of England.

Benson RB, Evans M, Smith AS, Sassoon J, Moore-Faye S, Ketchum HF, Forrest R.

PLoS One. 2013 May 31;8(5):e65989. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065989. Print 2013.


A troodontid dinosaur from the latest Cretaceous of India.

Goswami A, Prasad GV, Verma O, Flynn JJ, Benson RB.

Nat Commun. 2013;4:1703. doi: 10.1038/ncomms2716.


Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition.

Benson RB, Druckenmiller PS.

Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2014 Feb;89(1):1-23. doi: 10.1111/brv.12038. Epub 2013 Apr 13. Review.


Theropod fauna from southern Australia indicates high polar diversity and climate-driven dinosaur provinciality.

Benson RB, Rich TH, Vickers-Rich P, Hall M.

PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e37122. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037122. Epub 2012 May 16.


Biology, not environment, drives major patterns in maximum tetrapod body size through time.

Sookias RB, Benson RB, Butler RJ.

Biol Lett. 2012 Aug 23;8(4):674-7. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0060. Epub 2012 Apr 18.


High diversity, low disparity and small body size in plesiosaurs (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) from the Triassic-Jurassic boundary.

Benson RB, Evans M, Druckenmiller PS.

PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e31838. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031838. Epub 2012 Mar 16. Review.


Rise of dinosaurs reveals major body-size transitions are driven by passive processes of trait evolution.

Sookias RB, Butler RJ, Benson RB.

Proc Biol Sci. 2012 Jun 7;279(1736):2180-7. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2441. Epub 2012 Feb 1.


How do geological sampling biases affect studies of morphological evolution in deep time? A case study of pterosaur (Reptilia: Archosauria) disparity.

Butler RJ, Brusatte SL, Andres B, Benson RB.

Evolution. 2012 Jan;66(1):147-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01415.x. Epub 2011 Aug 20.


Air-filled postcranial bones in theropod dinosaurs: physiological implications and the 'reptile'-bird transition.

Benson RB, Butler RJ, Carrano MT, O'Connor PM.

Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2012 Feb;87(1):168-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00190.x. Epub 2011 Jul 7. Review.


Multi-variate models are essential for understanding vertebrate diversification in deep time.

Benson RB, Mannion PD.

Biol Lett. 2012 Feb 23;8(1):127-30. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0460. Epub 2011 Jun 22.


First spinosaurid dinosaur from Australia and the cosmopolitanism of Cretaceous dinosaur faunas.

Barrett PM, Benson RB, Rich TH, Vickers-Rich P.

Biol Lett. 2011 Dec 23;7(6):933-6. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0466. Epub 2011 Jun 21.


Sea level, dinosaur diversity and sampling biases: investigating the 'common cause' hypothesis in the terrestrial realm.

Butler RJ, Benson RB, Carrano MT, Mannion PD, Upchurch P.

Proc Biol Sci. 2011 Apr 22;278(1709):1165-70. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1754. Epub 2010 Sep 29.


A southern tyrant reptile.

Benson RB, Barrett PM, Rich TH, Vickers-Rich P.

Science. 2010 Mar 26;327(5973):1613. doi: 10.1126/science.1187456.


Global interrelationships of Plesiosauria (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) and the pivotal role of taxon sampling in determining the outcome of phylogenetic analyses.

Ketchum HF, Benson RB.

Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2010 May;85(2):361-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2009.00107.x. Epub 2009 Dec 9. Review.


Mesozoic marine tetrapod diversity: mass extinctions and temporal heterogeneity in geological megabiases affecting vertebrates.

Benson RB, Butler RJ, Lindgren J, Smith AS.

Proc Biol Sci. 2010 Mar 22;277(1683):829-34. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1845. Epub 2009 Nov 18.


A new clade of archaic large-bodied predatory dinosaurs (Theropoda: Allosauroidea) that survived to the latest Mesozoic.

Benson RB, Carrano MT, Brusatte SL.

Naturwissenschaften. 2010 Jan;97(1):71-8. doi: 10.1007/s00114-009-0614-x. Epub 2009 Oct 14.


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