Ever since the earliest scientific descriptions of plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs and dinosaurs, the biology of Mesozoic reptiles has been the subject of intense interest. This fascination has been fuelled by the often-bizarre morphology of these animals, their gigantic sizes and, in many cases, the lack of informative extant analogue taxa. Many early studies were little more than informed guesswork, but recent years have witnessed the emergence of a wide range of quantitative techniques, driven by the development of new technologies and methods, which are now permitting the testing of palaeobiological hypotheses with unprecedented analytical rigour. An enormous literature has been generated...

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