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This highly accessible introduction to dinosaurs places scientific method at the crux of the studies, teaching students about scientific research and principles as they learn about dinosaurs. Now in its second edition, the text includes updates on recent finds, increased coverage of evolution and physiology, and an expanded and improved illustration program.

  • Balances scientific rigour with real world examples.
  • This new edition includes updates on recent finds and an increased coverage of evolution and physiology.
  • Also features end of chapter discussion questions, easy reference glossary, new references at the end of each chapter, and high-quality, full color figures and photographs throughout.
  • Supplemented by a dedicated web page, with interactive material and all art in downloadable form (art also available to instructors on CD-Rom).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632044368
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Emory University, where he has taught for 15 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1 Definition of a Dinosaur 1
The Importance of Dinosaurs 9
Popular Culture and Science: Where the Twain Meet 18
Summary 20
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 21
World Wide Web Resources 22
Chapter 2 Overview of Scientific Methods 23
Observational Methods: The Beginning of Questions 34
Ethics and Dinosaur Studies 38
Summary 41
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 42
Chapter 3 Paleontology and Geology as Sciences 43
Basic Principles of Geology 49
Recovery and Preparation of Dinosaur Fossils: How Are They Collected? 64
Summary 68
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 69
Chapter 4 Importance of Knowing the History of Dinosaur Studies 70
History of Dinosaur Studies before the "Renaissance" 71
Dinosaur Studies of the Recent Past: The Beginnings of a Renaissance and a New Legacy 90
Summary 93
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 94
World Wide Web Resources 95
Chapter 5 Dinosaur Bones: Their Formation, Names, and Features 96
Dinosaur Anatomy Related to Classification: Old and New 109
Summary 117
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 118
World Wide Web Resources 119
Chapter 6 Basic Concepts in Dinosaur Taphonomy 120
Postmortem Processes (Pre-Burial) 127
Postmortem Processes: Accumulation, Burial, and Post-Burial 138
Summary 144
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 145
World Wide Web Resources 146
Chapter 7 Basic Information about Dinosaur Tracks 148
Dinosaur Behavior Indicated by Tracks 161
Other Paleoenvironmental Information Gained from Dinosaur Tracks 169
Summary 170
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 171
Chapter 8 Basic Information about Dinosaur Eggs and Nests 172
Dinosaur Eggs 175
Dinosaur Nests 187
Summary 190
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 190
Chapter 9 Dinosaur Feeding Habits 192
Dinosaur Teeth and Toothmarks 194
Dinosaur Gastroliths 201
Stomach Remains and Digestion 204
Dinosaur Coprolites 207
Summary 210
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 211
World Wide Web Resources 212
Chapter 10 Introduction to Dinosaur Evolution 213
Basic Concepts in Evolutionary Theory 214
Evolutionary Origin of Dinosaurs 227
Summary 238
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 240
Chapter 11 Overview of the Clade Theropoda 242
Clades and Species of Theropoda 249
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Theropoda 257
Theropods as Living Animals 259
Summary 270
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 271
Chapter 12 Overview of the Clade Sauropodomorpha 273
Clades and Species of Sauropodomorpha 278
Sauropodomorphs as Living Animals 286
Summary 296
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 296
World Wide Web Resources 297
Chapter 13 Overview of the Clade Ornithopoda 298
Clades and Species of Ornithopoda 303
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Ornithopoda 308
Ornithopods as Living Animals 309
Summary 320
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 321
Chapter 14 Overview of the Clade Thyreophora 323
Clades and Species of Thyreophora 327
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Thyreophora 332
Thyreophoran as Living Animals 333
Summary 337
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 338
Chapter 15 Overview of the Clade Marginocephalia 340
Clades and Species of Marginocephalia 345
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Marginocephalia 350
Marginocephalians as Living Animals 352
Summary 360
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 360
Chapter 16 Dinosaurs, Birds, and Extinctions 362
Dinosaur and Bird Physiology: Different or the Same? 373
Dinosaur Extinctions 381
Summary 391
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions 392
World Wide Web Resources 393
Glossary 394
Index 412
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