Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History / Edition 2

Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History / Edition 2

by David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521282373

ISBN-13: 9780521282376

Pub. Date: 08/27/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the authors of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs comes an introduction to the study of dinosaurs for non-specialists designed to excite readers about science by using dinosaurs to illustrate and discuss geology, natural history and evolution. While focusing on dinosaurs it also uses them to convey other aspects of the natural sciences, including…  See more details below

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From the authors of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs comes an introduction to the study of dinosaurs for non-specialists designed to excite readers about science by using dinosaurs to illustrate and discuss geology, natural history and evolution. While focusing on dinosaurs it also uses them to convey other aspects of the natural sciences, including fundamental concepts in evolutionary biology, physiology, life history, and systematics. Considerable attention is devoted the nature of science itself: what it is, what it is not, and how science can be used to investigate particular kinds of questions. Dinosaurs is unique because it fills a gap between the glossy, fact-driven dinosaur books and the higher-level academic books, addressing the paleontology of dinosaurs exactly as professionals in the field do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521282376
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
227,532
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: why this book?

Pt. I Reaching Back in Time

1 To catch a Dinosaur

2 Dinosaur days

3 Who's related to whom - and how do we know?

4 Who are the Dinosaurs?

Pt. II Ornithischia: Armored, Horned, and Duckbilled Dinosaurs

5 Thyreophora: the armor-bearers

6 Marginocephalia: bosses, bumps, and beaks

7 Ornithopoda: the Tuskers, Antelopes and 'Mighty Ducks' of the Mesozoic

Pt. III Saurischia: Meat, Might, and Magnitude

8 Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic

9 Theropoda I: Nature red in tooth and claw

10 Theropoda II: The origin of birds

11 Theropoda III: Early birds

Pt. IV Endothermy, Endemism, and Extinction

12 Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot

13 The flowering of the Mesozoic

14 Thoughts of a Paleontologist: A history of ideas in paleontology

15 The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction: the frill is gone

Glossary

Figure Credits

Index of Subjects

Index of Genera

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