What factors do terrestrial animals have to deal with that aquatic ones don’t?
How do tetrapods deal with these factors?
What are the relationships within (and main adaptations of):
Tetrapoda Synapsida Therapsida Reptilia Diapsida Archosauria
Know the Amniote Radiations:
5th Cenozoic Era Mammals
4th latest Triassic-end of Cretaceous Dinosaurs
3rd Middle and Late Triassic Pseudosuchian Archosaurs
2nd Late Permian – Early Triassic Therapsids
1st Early Permian Basal Synapsids
Where do dinosaurs fit among the amniotes?
What is the definition of Dinosauria? (the most recent common ancestor of Iguanodon and Megalosaurus and all of its descendants)
Significance of Eoraptor, Pisanosaurus, Scutellosaurus, Saturnalia, Herrerasaurus
Be familiar with the relationships and some of the main adaptations (I’ve listed some) and habits (diet, postulated behavior, distribution in time and space, etc.) of the major dinosaur clades listed below:
Plate Tectonics: how does plate tectonics affect the surface the Earth, dinosaur history, and the preservation of dinosaur faunas?
Know the major dinosaur-bearing formations of western North America, the dinosaur communities they represent, and some of their equivalents (from the Dinosaur History handout)
The Triassic-Jurassic Extinction and its effect on dinosaur history
Birth of the Atlantic in Early J (Newark Supergroup)
Origin and significance of Angiospermae (flowering & fruiting plants) in Early K