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Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World
     

Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World

by John Foster
 

The famous bone beds of the Morrison Formation, whose rocks are exposed from Wyoming down through the red rock region of the American Southwest, have yielded one of the most complete pictures of any ancient vertebrate ecosystem in the world. After more than a century of exploration, the Morrison continues to yield new discoveries about a time so different from our

Overview

The famous bone beds of the Morrison Formation, whose rocks are exposed from Wyoming down through the red rock region of the American Southwest, have yielded one of the most complete pictures of any ancient vertebrate ecosystem in the world. After more than a century of exploration, the Morrison continues to yield new discoveries about a time so different from our own that it almost seems imaginary. Aimed at the general reader, Jurassic West tells the story of the life of this ancient world as scientists have so far been able to reconstruct it. The book recounts the discovery of many important Late Jurassic dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus. But dinosaurs comprise barely a third of the more than 90 types of vertebrates known from the Formation, which include crocodiles and turtles, frogs and salamanders, dinosaurs and mammals, clams and snails, and ginkgoes, ferns, and conifers.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Foster (curator of paleontology, Museum of Western Colorado) offers a very well-written book. The prose flows easily; it is hard to stop reading once one starts. The presentation of scientific information is excellent. Rather than creating a synthesized story, Foster presents material in its true complexity without resorting to annoying speculation.... There is much to be learned from reading this book... Recommended." —Choice

American Paleontologist Magazine
"This book makes the discovery and science of dinosaurs easily accessible to a variety of audiences with differing backgrounds." —Samantha Sands, American Paleontologist Magazine, winter 2007

— Samantha Sands

Dale Russel

"I very much enjoyed John Foster's book and am glad his perspective and knowledge will soon be available to lots of other people. His motorcar drive to Morrison time and later the long safari across Morrison landscapes are very informative, entertaining, and above all highly original." —Dale Russel, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

American Paleontologist Magazine - Samantha Sands

"This book makes the discovery and science of dinosaurs easily accessible to a variety of audiences with differing backgrounds." —Samantha Sands, American Paleontologist Magazine, winter 2007

From the Publisher
"I very much enjoyed John Foster's book and am glad his perspective and knowledge will soon be available to lots of other people. His motorcar drive to Morrison time and later the long safari across Morrison landscapes are very informative, entertaining, and above all highly original." —Dale Russell, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

"A very well-written book. The prose flows easily; it is hard to stop reading once one starts. The presentation of scientific information is excellent. Rather than creating a synthesized story, Foster presents material in its true complexity without resorting to annoying speculation.... There is much to be learned from reading this book... Recommended." —Choice

"This book makes the discovery and science of dinosaurs easily accessible to a variety of audiences with differing backgrounds." —Samantha Sands, American Paleontologist, winter 2007

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253348708
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Life of the Past Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
967,162
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

John Foster is Director of the Museum of Moab in Moab, Utah. He served for thirteen years as Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Western Colorado and adjunct faculty at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He has worked in Cambrian deposits in several areas of the western states, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and South Dakota. He is author of Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life of North America (IUP, 2014).

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