This volume presents the latest science on all significant geological and paleontological aspects of the Earth during the Late Triassic Period. Rather than presenting a collection of narrowly focused research papers, the volume consists of a series of peer-reviewed chapters on specific aspects of the Late Triassic world (e.g., tectonics, magmatism, paleobotany, climate, etc.), all authored by experts in the subject of their respective chapters. Each chapter reviews and summarizes the latest findings in these fields and also includes a review of the pertinent literature. The author list is very broadly international and forms a veritable who's who of expertise in these fields. The book is loosely organized to present the physical aspects of Earth during the Late Triassic at the outset, followed by the paleontological aspects. The latter section is further organized to present the record of the marine environment first before moving onto land, with fauna followed by flora. The volume closes with a review of the end-Triassic extinctions.
Dr. Lawrence Tanner serves as Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Environmental Change at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Tanner has written two textbooks and edited five volumes prior to this one.
Chapter 1. The Late Triassic Timescale.- Chapter 2. Late Triassic Global Plate Tectonics.- Chapter 3. Climates of the Late Triassic: Perspectives, Proxies and Problems.- Chapter 4. The Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP): a Review.- Chapter 5. Distal Processes and Effects of Multiple Late Triassic Terrestrial Bolide Impacts: Insights from the Norian Manicouagan Event, Northeastern Quebec, Canada.- Chapter 6. New Upper Triassic conodont biozonation of the Tethyan Realm.- Chapter 7. Late Triassic Ammonoids: Distribution, Biostratigraphy and Biotic Events.- Chapter 8. Late Triassic Marine Reptiles.- Chapter 9. The Zorzino Limestone Actinopterygian Fauna from the Late Triassic (Norian) of the Southern Alps.- Chapter 10. Late Triassic terrestrial tetrapods: Biostratigraphy, biochronology and biotic events.- Chapter 11. The Late Triassic record of cynodonts: time of innovations in the mammalian lineage.- Chapter 12. Late Triassic Nonmarine Vertebrate and Invertebrate Trace Fossils and the Pattern of the Phanerozoic Record of Vertebrate Trace Fossils.- Chapter 13. Flora of The Late Triassic.- Chapter 14. Expansion of Arthropod Herbivory in Late Triassic South Africa: The Molteno Biota, Aasvoëlberg 411 Site and Developmental Biology of a Gall.- Chapter 15. The Missing Mass Extinction at the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary.