The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

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by Gregory S. Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 069113720X

ISBN-13: 9780691137209

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically

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This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. It presents thorough descriptions of more than 735 dinosaur species and features more than 600 color and black-and-white images, including unique skeletal drawings, "life" studies, and scenic views--illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.

Heavily illustrated species accounts of the major dinosaur groups are preceded by an extensive introduction that covers dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of dinosaur paleontology--and that also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs.

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist.

  • The first authoritative field guide to dinosaurs
  • Covers more than 735 species
  • Beautiful, large-format volume
  • Lavishly illustrated throughout, with more than 600 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including:

    • More than 130 color life studies, including scenic views
    • Close to 450 skeletal, skull, head, and muscle drawings
    • 8 color paleo-distribution maps
    • Color timeline

  • Describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137209
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Series:
Princeton Field Guides Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
100,824
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface 6

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction

History of Discovery and Research 9

What Is a Dinosaur? 13

Dating Dinosaurs 14

The Evolution of Dinosaurs and Their World 15

Extinction 23

After the Age of Dinosaurs 24

Biology 24

General Anatomy 24

Skin, Feathers, and Color 32

Respiration and Circulation 33

Digestive Tracts 35

Senses 36

Vocalization 37

Disease and Pathologies 37

Behavior 38

Brains, Nerves, and Intelligence 38

Social Activities 38

Reproduction 39

Growth 44

Energetics 46

Gigantism 48

Mesozoic Oxygen 51

The Evolution--and Loss--of Avian Flight 52

Dinosaur Safari 53

If Dinosaurs Survived 54

Dinosaur Conservation 54

Where Dinosaurs Are Found 55

Using the Group and Species Descriptions 61

Group and Species Accounts

Dinosaurs 67

Theropods 67

Sauropodomorphs 162

Ornithischians 214

Additional Reading 316

Index: Dinosaur Taxa 317

Formations 319

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The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Kazesim More than 1 year ago
A great reference book; each species includes the length, weight, fossil remains, a few remarks on anatomy, geologic age, where the fossils have been found, habitat type, and usually some notes. Each page has one or two illustrations of the more important species - both a color drawing and a skeleton, all in the same pose. There are a few full-page illustrations, nothing remarkable and with an unusual art style, but they work. Pages 9 to 65 are mostly text and cover pretty much everything about dinosaurs, each subject is from a couple paragraphs to a couple pages long, and they don't dwell too much on fossil formation or the Bone Wars. I give it 5 stars because I can't really think of any way for this book to be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone who loves dinosaurs. Where there's enough information to create one, there is a silhouette with the known bones of a dinosaur as well as frequent full (imagined) color illustrations of the dinosaurs themselves. Sprinkled throughout are illustrations of the dinosaurs in their world. It really is amazing to see how many dinosaurs there are that aren't in the spotlight and to learn where they are found. There is just a ton of information in this book. The only thing it lacks is pronunciation. A lot of dinosaurs have names that can be difficult to attempt to sound out and a pronunciation guide for each name would have made this the perfect dinosaur book.
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