Gordon's first postgraduate students emerged at the end of his Devonian period, moving into the Carboniferous with the emergence of amphibian studies. This era was marked by extensive frogging expeditions, when Litoria aurea was thick on the ground and Litoria flavipunctata called in the New England swamps. Water holding frogs were unceremoniously dug up from the receding rainforests. Early reptilian studies by students were overtaken at the beginning of the Gordon Mesozoic in a massive adaptive radiation, into crocodiles, flying, radio-telemetry, termites, kangaroos, some of the best adapted lasting for eons. Wonderful outback odysseys marked the early era and the diverse environment laid the foundation for emergence of the young and their survival into the Quaternary and the age of man.
Adaptation and Survival of early PhD students in the Paleozoic era at the University of Sydney
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Gillian Courtice, Jane Thompson, Eric Beurden; Adaptation and Survival of early PhD students in the Paleozoic era at the University of Sydney. Australian Zoologist 1 January 2010; 35 (2): 166–182. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2010.005
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