GLOSSARY


Body Fossils: anatomical components of an organism preserved in rock

Biomechanics: analysis of the action of forces (physical and physiological) on an organisms movement

Comparative Morphology: study of and comparison of body (& component structure) forms among animal groups

Diagenisis: chemical alteration of fossils

Dinosaur: Mesozoic terrestrial animal with an erect gait

Functional Morphology: study of the form of body parts based upon their operative purpose

Iguanodon: ornithopod dinosaur of medium to large size, existing from the late Jurassic through the end of the Cretaceous

Mesozoic: geological era (250-65mya), includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods

Morphological: pertaining to the physical shape, form and structure of an organism

Ornithichian: bird-like (hip structure)

Palaeoenvironmental: pertaining to the ancient physical and ecological characteristics of an area

Palaeontology: study of fossil organisms

Saurapod: Large herbivorous saurischian dinosaurs

Taphonomic: pertaining to the biological, physical, and chemical processes affecting an organism after its death

Taxonomic: pertaining to the classification of organisms in to categories based on common characteristics

Tetrapod: vertebrates with four limbs

Trace Fossils: geologically preserved evidence of and organism's activities



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