Overview

Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" —Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." —American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and...

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Overview

Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" —Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." —American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." —Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." —New Scientist

"The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." —Natural History

What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates? What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did typical dinosaurs become extinct? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book’s 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253008497
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/27/2012
  • Series: Life of the Past
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1128
  • Sales rank: 833,946
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

M. K. Brett-Surman is Museum Specialist at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., is Senior Lecturer and Director, Earth, Life and Time Program, Department of Geology, University of Maryland.

James O. Farlow is Professor of Geology at Indiana University–Purdue University at Ft. Wayne.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Part One: The Discovery of Dinosaurs
1. Dinosaurs: The Earliest Discoveries
David A. E. Spalding and †William A. S. Sarjeant
2. Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of Dinosaurs
Hugh S. Torrens
3. European Dinosaur Hunters of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Hans-Dieter Sues
4. North American Dinosaur Hunters
†Edwin H. Colbert, David D. Gillette, and Ralph E. Molnar
5. The Search for Dinosaurs in Asia
Corwin Sullivan, David W. E. Hone, and Xing Xu
6. Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.

Part Two: The Study of Dinosaurs
7. Hunting for Dinosaur Bones
David D. Gillette
8. The Osteology of the Dinosaurs
Thomas R. Holtz and M. K. Brett-Surman
9. Reconstructing the Musculature of Dinosaurs
David W. Dilkes, John R. Hutchinson, Casey M. Holliday, and Lawrence M. Witmer
10. Dinosaur Paleoneurology
Emily Buchholtz
11. Taxonomy of the Dinosauria
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and M. K. Brett-Surman
12. Dinosaurs and Geologic Time
James I. Kirkland and James O. Farlow
13. Technology and the Study of Dinosaurs
Ralph E. Chapman, Art Andersen, Brent H. Breithaupt, and Neffra A. Matthews
14. Claws, Scales, Beaks, and Feathers: Molecular Traces in the Fossil Record
Mary Higby Schweitzer and Mark Marshall
15. Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits
Kenneth Carpenter
16. Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals
Douglas Henderson

Part Three: The Clades of Dinosaurs
17. Evolution of the Archosaurs
J. Michael Parrish
18. Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs
Michael J. Benton
19. Theropods
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
20. Birds
Darren Naish
21. Basal Sauropodomorpha: The "Prosauropods"
Adam Yates
22. Sauropoda
Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers
23. Stegosaurs
Peter M. Galton
24. Ankylosaurs
Kenneth Carpenter
25. Marginocephalia
Peter Makovicky
26. Ornithopods
Richard J. Butler and Paul M. Barrett

Part Four: Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs
27. Land Plants as a Source of Food and Environment in the Age of Dinosaurs
Bruce H. Tiffney
28. What Did Dinosaurs Eat: Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets
Karen Chin
29. Reproductive Biology of Dinosaurs
Terry D. Jones and Nicholas R. Geist
30. Dinosaur Eggs
Darla K. Zelenitsky, John R. Horner, and François Therrien
31. How Dinosaurs Grew
†R. E. H. Reid
32. Engineering a Dinosaur
Donald Henderson
33. Disease in Dinosaurs
Elizabeth Rega
34. The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints
James O. Farlow, Ralph E. Chapman, Brent Breithaupt, and Neffra Matthews
35. The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution
Kenneth J. McNamara and John A. Long
36. Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs and Early Birds
John A. Ruben, Terry D. Jones, Nicholas R. Geist, Willem J. Hillenius, Amy E. Harwell, and Devon E. Quick
37. Evidence for Avian-Mammalian Aerobic Capacity and Thermoregulation in Mesozoic Dinosaurs
Gregory S. Paul
38. "Intermediate" Dinosaurs: The Case Updated
†R. E. H. Reid

Part Five: Dinosaur Evolution in the Mesozoic
39. Principles of Biogeography
Ralph E. Molnar
40. Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates
Nicholas C. Fraser
41. Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapods and Faunal Changes
Hans-Dieter Sues
42. Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic
Matthew T. Carrano
43. Dinosaur Extinction: Past and Present Perspectives
J. David Archibald
44. Life after Death: Dinosaur Fossils in Human Hands
Daniel J. Chure
45. Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Theory
Kevin Padian and Elizabeth K. Burton
Appendix: Dinosaur-Related WWW Sites
Glossary
Index

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