Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life / Edition 1
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Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life / Edition 1

by Scott D. Sampson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241630

ISBN-13: 9780520241633

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


This captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of dinosaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading dinosaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past…  See more details below

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This captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of dinosaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading dinosaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past twenty-five years, the most active period in the history of dinosaur paleontology, during which more "new" species were named than in all prior history. With these discoveries--and the most recent controversies--in mind, Sampson reconstructs the odyssey of the dinosaurs from their humble origins on the supercontinent Pangaea, to their reign as the largest animals the planet has ever known, and finally to their abrupt demise. Much more than the story of who ate whom way back when, Dinosaur Odyssey places dinosaurs in an expansive web of relationships with other organisms and demonstrates how they provide a powerful lens through which to observe the entire natural world. Addressing topics such as extinction, global warming, and energy flow, Dinosaur Odyssey finds that the dinosaurs' story is, in fact, a major chapter in our own story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241633
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Treasure Island 1

2 Stardust Saurians 19

3 Dramatis Dinosaurae 35

4 Drifting Continents and Globe-Trotting Dinosaurs 53

5 Solar Eating 71

6 The River of Life 87

7 The Green Gradient 103

8 Panoply of Predators 123

9 Hidden Strands 143

10 Of Horn-Heads and Duck-Bills 157

11 The Goldilocks Hypothesis 175

12 Cinderellasaurus 193

13 Jurassic Park Dreams 213

14 West Side Story 233

15 The Way of All Creatures 255

Epilogue: Whispers from the Grave 273

Notes and References 283

Glossary 305

Art and Photograph Credits 317

Index 319

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