Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History / Edition 2by David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel
Pub. Date: 08/27/2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The ideal textbook for non-science majors, this lively and engaging introduction encourages students to ask questions, assess data critically and think like a scientist. Building on the success of the previous editions, Dinosaurs has been reorganised and extensively rewritten in response to instructor and student feedback. It continues to make science accessible and relevant through its clear explanations and extensive illustrations. Updated to reflect recent fossil discoveries and to include new taxa, the text guides students through the dinosaur groups, emphasising scientific concepts rather than presenting endless facts. It is grounded in the common language of modern evolutionary biology - phylogenetic systematics - so that students examine dinosaurs as professional paleontologists do. The key emerging theme of feathered dinosaurs, and the many implications of feathers, have been integrated throughout the book, highlighted by the inclusion of stunning new photographs in this beautifully illustrated text, now in full colour throughout.
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Table of ContentsPart I. Remembrance of Things Past: 1. To catch a dinosaur; 2. Dinosaur days; 3. Who's related to whom - and how do we know?; 4. Who are the dinosaurs?; 5. Dinosaurs: in the beginning; Part II. Saurischia: Meat, Might and Magnitude: 6. Theropoda I: nature red in tooth and claw; 7. Theropoda II: meet the theropods; 8. Theropoda III: the origin and early evolution of birds; 9. Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic; Part III. Ornithischia: Armored, Horned, and Duck-Billed Dinosaur: 10. Thyreophorans: the armor-bearers; 11. Marginocephalia: bumps, bosses, and beaks; 12. Ornithopoda: mighty masticators of the Mesozoic; Part IV. Endothermy, Endemism, and Extinction: 13. Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot; 14. The flowering of the Mesozoic; 15. A history of paleontology through ideas; 16. The Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction: the frill is gone; Glossary; Index of subjects; Index of genera.
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