Wildlife of Gondwana: Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent

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"This is a treasure trove... Recommended for all libraries." —Choice

Before the six major continents were separated by vast seas, there existed the landmass of Gondwana (now Australia, South America, Antarctica, India, Africa, and New Zealand). This book presents the history of the vertebrate faunas of Gondwana, beginning with the origin of life, even before Gondwana coalesced, and moving through time as the continent shifted, along with its vertebrate life. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color ...

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Overview

"This is a treasure trove... Recommended for all libraries." —Choice

Before the six major continents were separated by vast seas, there existed the landmass of Gondwana (now Australia, South America, Antarctica, India, Africa, and New Zealand). This book presents the history of the vertebrate faunas of Gondwana, beginning with the origin of life, even before Gondwana coalesced, and moving through time as the continent shifted, along with its vertebrate life. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, drawings, and paintings, Wildlife of Gondwana is a major reference to life of the past. Originally published in Australia in 1993, this corrected and augmented edition contains new material on fossil discoveries in India.

Indiana University Press

A Selection of the Natural Science Book Club.

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Choice
Gondwana (also known as Gondwanaland) is the supercontinent that existed (primarily) in the southern hemisphere from about 350 to 150 million years ago, composed of what is now Australia and much of Africa, India, and South America. This oversized work examines Gondwana's geologic history and the fossilized evidence of its diverse life forms (with an emphasis on vertebrates) in light of recent discoveries. Background information on the history of scientific investigation of the supercontinent, geology and geologic time, problems of the fossil record, and the history of life make this work accessible to a wide audience. This new edition (1st, 1993) adds 15 pages of new discoveries, as well as correcting typographical errors and revising the systematic, geographic, and geologic index. This is a treasure trove of photographs, maps, charts, time lines, and drawings, as well as a source of concise but detailed scientific information. Written by a group of Australians, including paleontologists and photographers, it is an ideal beginning place for research on the subject. An extensive bibliography enhances its use as a reference source. Recommended for all libraries. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook, Choice, July 2000

— J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook

Choice - J. Nabe
Gondwana (also known as Gondwanaland) is the supercontinent that existed (primarily) in the southern hemisphere from about 350 to 150 million years ago, composed of what is now Australia and much of Africa, India, and South America. This oversized work examines Gondwana's geologic history and the fossilized evidence of its diverse life forms (with an emphasis on vertebrates) in light of recent discoveries. Background information on the history of scientific investigation of the supercontinent, geology and geologic time, problems of the fossil record, and the history of life make this work accessible to a wide audience. This new edition (1st, 1993) adds 15 pages of new discoveries, as well as correcting typographical errors and revising the systematic, geographic, and geologic index. This is a treasure trove of photographs, maps, charts, time lines, and drawings, as well as a source of concise but detailed scientific information. Written by a group of Australians, including paleontologists and photographers, it is an ideal beginning place for research on the subject. An extensive bibliography enhances its use as a reference source. Recommended for all libraries. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook, Choice, July 2000
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Gondwana (also known as Gondwanaland) is the supercontinent that existed (primarily) in the southern hemisphere from about 350 to 150 million years ago, composed of what is now Australia and much of Africa, India, and South America. This oversized work examines Gondwana's geologic history and the fossilized evidence of its diverse life forms (with an emphasis on vertebrates) in light of recent discoveries. Background information on the history of scientific investigation of the supercontinent, geology and geologic time, problems of the fossil record, and the history of life make this work accessible to a wide audience. This new edition (1st, 1993) adds 15 pages of new discoveries, as well as correcting typographical errors and revising the systematic, geographic, and geologic index. This is a treasure trove of photographs, maps, charts, time lines, and drawings, as well as a source of concise but detailed scientific information. Written by a group of Australians, including paleontologists and photographers, it is an ideal beginning place for research on the subject. An extensive bibliography enhances its use as a reference source. Recommended for all libraries. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.

—J. Nabe, SUNY at Stony Brook "Choice" (01/01/2000)
Booknews
Originally published by Reed (Australia) in 1993, this volume traces the history of the vertebrate faunas of Gondwana and includes material on fossil discoveries in India. Vickers-Rich (earth sciences, Monash U.) and Rich (vertebrate palaeontology, Museum Victoria) begin with the origins of life before Gondwana coalesced, and then follow the evolution of vertebrates from invertebrate stock through the course of life from primitive fauna fish to advanced mammals and birds. They explain how the vertebrate faunas of each of the Gondwana continents have developed, and investigate the ways in which shifting continental plates and changing climate have shaped the path of vertebrate evolution. Generously illustrated with color photographs, drawings, and paintings. Oversize: 9x13<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253336439
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Life of the Past Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,388,257
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 13.23 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Vickers-Rich holds a Chair in Palaeontology at Monash University, where she lectures in the Earth Sciences Department. She holds a Ph.D. from Columba University for work on the origin and evolution of the Australasian avifauna. Her main research interests are in Late Mesozoic vertebrates from Gondwana. She is currently Director of the Monash Science Centre, a science communication centre which she founded at Monash University

Thomas Hewitt Rich is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at Museum Victoria (formerly the Museum of Victoria) in Melbourne. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University for work on fossil hedgehogs of the Northern Hemisphere. His primary research interests lie in Mesozoic faunas, especially dinosaurs and primitive mammals. His main efforts over the past then years have been in elucidating the Early Cretaceous vertebrate faunas of Australia's Southeast and of Patagonia in Argentina.

Francesco Coffa is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne. Born in Italy, he came to Australia at the age of ten, and later graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He began his photographic career in 1962 and has illustrated and contributed to many books and scientific papers. He has also produced videos, short films, and audio-visuals on diverse subjects such as dinosuars, Egyptology, Aboriginal culture, and the environment. Until 1997, Coffa was the manager of photographic and audio-visual services at Museum Victoria.

Steven Morton is the head of scientific photographic services for the Faculty of Science, Monash University. He is a graduate of the Photographic Department at the Royal Melbroune Institute of Technology and holds a Master's of Applied Science in Photography. Morton developed a 360Ý panoramic camera of unique design. One of his first panormas taken with this camera appears in this volume along with many other of his photographs. His lab at Monash has now migrated into computer graphics that enhance his conventional photography some of those new applications have been used in this revised edition of Wildlife of Gondwana.

Peter Trusler is a Melbourne artist who has received international acclaim for his natural history paintings. He created the 1993 Austrailia Post dinosaur stamps, the second largest issue in the history of Austrailian stamps He is a science graduate of Monash University and has contributed illustrations to many scientfic and popular publications. The blending of his biological and artistic interests has proven particularly successful in presenting informative reconstructions of the past, and he is working currently with Tom and Pat Rich on a number of prehisoric projects.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: Gondwana in Perspective
Part Two: The Search for Beginnings
Part Three: The Fossil Vertebrates of Australia
1. And Then There Were Bones
2. An Age of Fishes
3. Attack on the Land
4. Dinosaurs and Polar Nights
5. An Ark to the Tropics
6. The Living Vertebrates of Australia
Part Four: Gondwana Faunas in Global Context
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Systematic Geographic and Geologic Index
Bibliography
Index

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