Morphometric study of Plateosaurus from Trossingen (Baden- Wurttemberg, Federal Republic of Germany)

D. B. Weishampel, R. E. Chapman

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Abstract

Eleven femoral measurements on 33 specimens of European anchisaurid taxa are analyzed to gain insight into the taxonomic structure of the genus Plateosaurus. Principal Components Analysis indicates that the taxon as a whole is fairly homogeneous with respect to gross femoral dimensions. Within the general pool of material, two morphs may be indicated on the second Principal Component. These morphs, also analyzed using bivariate analyses, are discernable in relative dimensions of the proximal and distal femoral articulations, and the size and shape of the fourth trochanter. The two morphs may be sexual in nature, implying that locomotory regimes may have been different between males and females. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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