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Dinosaurs A Concise Natural History

ISBN-10: 052171902X
ISBN-13: 9780521719025
Edition: 2009
List price: $82.00
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Description: From the authors of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs, comes a general introduction to the study of dinosaurs for non-specialists, designed to excite readers about science by using the ever-popular animals - the dinosaurs - to illustrate  More...

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Book details

List price: $82.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 394
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

From the authors of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs, comes a general introduction to the study of dinosaurs for non-specialists, designed to excite readers about science by using the ever-popular animals - the dinosaurs - to illustrate and discuss geology, natural history and evolution. While it focuses on dinosaurs, it also uses them to convey other aspects of the natural sciences, including fundamental concepts in evolutionary biology, physiology, life history, and systematics. Considerable attention is devoted the nature of science itself: what it is, what it is not, and how science can be used to investigate particular kinds of questions. Dinosaurs is unique because it fills a gap between the glossy, fact-driven dinosaur books for younger readers, and the higher-level academic books, addressing the palaeontology of dinosaurs exactly as professionals in the field do.

Preface: why this book?
Reaching Back in Time
To catch a Dinosaur
Dinosaur days
Who's related to whom - and how do we know?
Who are the Dinosaurs?
Ornithischia: Armored, Horned, and Duckbilled Dinosaurs
Thyreophora: the armor-bearers
Marginocephalia: bosses, bumps, and beaks
Ornithopoda: the Tuskers, Antelopes and 'Mighty Ducks' of the Mesozoic
Saurischia: Meat, Might, and Magnitude
Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic
Theropoda I: Nature red in tooth and claw
Theropoda II: The origin of birds
Theropoda III: Early birds
Endothermy, Endemism, and Extinction
Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot
The flowering of the Mesozoic
Thoughts of a Paleontologist: A history of ideas in paleontology
The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction: the frill is gone

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