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Marco Romano
Museum für Naturkunde
14Publications
5H-index
62Citations
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Published on Oct 31, 2017in Historical Biology 1.49
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
AbstractThe Stegosauria represents an iconic group of ornithischian dinosaurs, with a fossil record spanning the Middle Jurassic to the Late Cretaceous. In this contribution I present the first detailed analysis of the relationship between disparity and diversity through the evolutionary history of the group. The analysis has been performed on a recently published cladistic dataset, allowing the separate study of the signals deriving from discrete characters and from continuous morphometric char...
Published on Oct 21, 2018in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2.31
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Neil Brocklehurst6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Jörg Fröbisch14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Humboldt University of Berlin)
The postcranial material referable to the Russian caseid Ennatosaurus tecton from the middle Permian is described. Although the cranium has been recently restudied in detail, the descriptions currently available for the postcranial skeleton are essentially limited to the original short account on the holotype provided by Efremov in 1956. The postcranium of Ennatosaurus is informative with respect to both taxonomy and phylogeny, with autapomorphic characters present particularly in the vertebral ...
Published on Dec 1, 2017in Scientific Reports 4.01
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Neil Brocklehurst6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Jörg Fröbisch14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Humboldt University of Berlin)
The relationship between diversity and disparity during the evolutionary history of a clade provides unique insights into evolutionary radiations and the biological response to bottlenecks and to extinctions. Here we present the first comprehensive comparison of diversity and disparity of captorhinids, a group of basal amniotes that is important for understanding the early evolution of high-fiber herbivory. A new fully resolved phylogeny is presented, obtained by the inclusion of 31 morphometric...
Published on Nov 17, 2017in Historical Biology 1.49
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Maria Rita Palombo25
Estimated H-index: 25
AbstractThe actual nature of large vertebrate bones found in sedimentary deposits was a intriguing, debated and unanswered issues until the beginning of the nineteenth century. The fossil bones were interpreted in a number of fantastic ways, e.g. as remains of mythological giants, or bones of dragons killed by saints. These unrealistic notions progressively waned as the scientific advance in comparative anatomy allowed to a correct identification of the large bones as elephant remains. As a resu...
Published on Oct 1, 2017in Lethaia 1.74
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
In this study, the evolution of the long bones in a group of basal synapsids was analysed, belonging to the caseids (Synapsida, Caseasauria, Caseidae), a crucial Palaeozoic group of terrestrial vertebrates. During their evolutionary history, caseids transitioned from small faunivorous tetrapods such as Eocasea martini (reaching ~20 cm total length), to gigantic herbivores such as Cotylorhynchus hancocki (reaching almost 7 m in length). In this analysis, morphometric techniques (i.e. Principal Co...
Published on Aug 1, 2017in Quaternary Science Reviews 4.64
Paolo Citton7
Estimated H-index: 7
,
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
+ 1 AuthorsMarco Avanzini18
Estimated H-index: 18
Abstract About thirty human footprints made approximately 12,000 years B.P. inside the ‘Sala dei Misteri’ Cave of Basura near Toirano, Liguria, northern Italy, were studied by standard ichnological analysis. Eleven of the best-preserved tracks were examined further using morpho-classificatory and morphometric approaches, in order to estimate the minimum number of trackmakers; biometric measurements were also used to tentatively determine their physical characteristics (e.g., height and age). Res...
Published on Jul 1, 2017
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
Abstract As early as the thirteenth century naturalists of the Italian panorama began to look for a possible explanation for fossils found on emerged land. From the beginning, they tended quite naturally to resort to a catastrophic phenomenon, which found a direct ‘confirmation’ in the Holy Scriptures: the Great Flood. As an element found in numerous peoples, from the Babylonians, to ancient Egypt and the Chinese culture, the Flood became for a long time the only process able to explain the pres...
Published on Jun 26, 2017in Historical Biology 1.49
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde),
Marco Avanzini18
Estimated H-index: 18
AbstractThe myth of giants as first inhabitants of countries is a common legend shared by different cultures. In this paper, we highlight that one of the determining factors of the origination of the myth was the discovery of large vertebrate bones (largely Cenozoic), initially interpreted as the remains of giant humans. Thus, huge skeletons were interpreted by authoritative writers such as Strabo, Philostratus and Pliny (just to name a few) as the bodies of the mythological giant Antaeus, Ilio ...
Published on May 19, 2017in Historical Biology 1.49
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
AbstractAt the turn of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, Earth sciences were in a period of heated debates, with an arduous acquisition of basic principles for geology. Among the unresolved debates, was the well-known between Neptunists and Plutonists, and there was still disagreement between the supporters of a catastrophic flood and a long permanence of the sea in areas currently occupied by emerged lands. In such a climate of uncertainty appears the ‘Theory of the Earth’ of Ermenegild...
Published on Apr 20, 2017in Frontiers in Microbiology 4.26
Marco Romano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Museum für Naturkunde)
According to a traditional view, the specific diet in vertebrates is one of the key factors structuring the composition of the gut microbiota. In this interpretation, the microbiota assumes a subordinate position, where the larger host shapes, through evolution and its fitness, the taxonomical composition of the hosted microbiota. The present contribution shows how the evolution of herbivory, framed within the new concept of holobiont, the possibility of inter-kingdom crosstalk and its epigeneti...
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