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The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates

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In The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates, the major scientific disputes that have contributed to the understanding of dinosaurs come to light. Each chapter presents a major controversy then ponders the lessons learned and their impact on the scientific field.

Colorful characters such as "anti-evolutionist" Robert Owen, "Darwin's bulldog," T.H. Huxley, and "dinosaur heretic" Robert Bakker, enliven the debates, which range from the origin of dinosaurs and their posture to their evolution or retrogression and whether they were warm- or cold-blooded. Two of the most recent debates concern how dinosaurs became extinct and whether or not birds are their descendents.

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"The text is accurate, and the presentation is well balanced . . . A useful addition to public and college libraries. Recommended. General readers and undergraduates."



"[A] handy one-stop source for students."



"[A]ccurate, and well-focused . . . This is an absorbing book. While a good review for the dinosaur specialist, it is particularly well written and captivating for the general reader overwhelmed by the abundance of movies, television specials, and books about dinosaurs."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079225
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why All the Fuss? 1
2 "Fearfully Great Lizards" 15
3 Huxley Agonistes 33
4 Range War 49
5 Whose Dinosaur? Kaiser Bill's or Uncle Sam's? 71
6 Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded, or Neither? 87
7 The Raptor and the Hummingbird 105
8 "Sometimes You Have a Really Bad Day, and Something Falls out of the Sky" 121
App. I Dinosaures and Their World 145
App. II Evolution 155
Glossary 169
Chronology 173
References 177
Documents 185
Document Credits and Acknowledgments 289
Index 291
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