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Discovering Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory, Expanded and Updated

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This handsome book addresses the questions of what the fossil record tells us about the evolution and extinction of dinosaurs, what their relationship to the rest of the organic world was, and what we can learn from them about our own place in the history of life on our planet. This edition has been updated throughout, with a new final chapter that details exciting recent discoveries such as the feathered dinosaur fossils ...

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Overview

Expanded and updated

This handsome book addresses the questions of what the fossil record tells us about the evolution and extinction of dinosaurs, what their relationship to the rest of the organic world was, and what we can learn from them about our own place in the history of life on our planet. This edition has been updated throughout, with a new final chapter that details exciting recent discoveries such as the feathered dinosaur fossils in China.

ALERT: ONE LINE IS MISSING FROM PAGE XIII OF THIS BOOK. THE COMPLETE LINE SHOULD READ:

"We hope that the following pages will introduce you to some of these questions."

This error will be corrected in future editions of the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520225015
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2000
  • Edition description: UPDATED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Norell, Chairman of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Museum of Natural History, has been co-leader of the Museum's Gobi Desert yearly expeditions since 1990, in the course of which he has discovered fossil remains of a number of new species of dinosaurs, a dinosaur nesting its eggs, and a unique dinosaur embryo. Eugene S. Gaffney is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Museum. He is one of the world's leading specialists on fossil turtles. Lowell Dingus is director of the Museum's Fossil Halls renovation. He has served as head geologist on the Gobi Desert expeditions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Evolutionary Relationships of Dinosaurs
A Phylogenetic Classification of Dinosaurs
I Questions about Dinosaurs 1
II The Great Hall of Dinosaurs 97
Saurischians 98
Ornithischians 142
The Connecticut Valley Tracks 175
The Flaming Cliffs Dinosaur Nests 177
The Coal Mine Tracks 179
The Paluxy River Trackway 181
Eggs of ?Hypselosaurus priscus 184
III New Discoveries 185
IV Expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History 197
The Medicine Bow Anticline, 1897-1902 198
The Hell Creek Beds, 1907-1918 201
The Red Deer River, 1905-1920 203
The Flaming Cliffs, 1922-1925 206
The Western Gobi, 1991-1995 209
Lioaning, 1999-present 214
Index 217
Illustration Credits and Acknowledgments 220
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