Rise and fall of †Pycnodontiformes: Diversity, competition and extinction of a successful fish clade

John J. Cawley, Giorgio Giuseppe Marramà Carnevale, Giorgio Carnevale, Jaime A. Villafaña, Faviel A. López‐Romero & Giuseppe Jürgen Marramà Kriwet
Pycnodontiformes was a successful lineage of primarily marine fishes that broadly diversified during the Mesozoic. They possessed a wide variety of body shapes and were adapted to a broad range of food sources. Two other neopterygian clades possessing similar ecological adaptations in both body morphology (Dapediiformes) and dentition (Ginglymodi) also occurred in Mesozoic seas. Although these groups occupied the same marine ecosystems, the role that competitive exclusion and niche partitioning played in their ability to...
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