Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs

ISBN-10: 0632044365
ISBN-13: 9780632044368
Edition: 2001
List price: $94.95
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Description: This highly accessible introduction to dinosaurs advocates an eclectic approach and places scientific method at the crux of the studies. The textbook balances scientific rigor with real world examples that show how dinosaurs lived and died.

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Book details

List price: $94.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

This highly accessible introduction to dinosaurs advocates an eclectic approach and places scientific method at the crux of the studies. The textbook balances scientific rigor with real world examples that show how dinosaurs lived and died.

Anthony J. Martinnbsp;is a Professor at Emory University, a paleontologist, geologist, and one of the world's most accomplished ichnologists. He is the co-discoverer of the first known burrowing dinosaur, found the oldest dinosaur burrows in the geologic record, and documented the best assemblage of polar-dinosaur tracks in the Southern Hemisphere. He is the author of two textbooks on dinosaurs and lives in Atlanta, GA.

Preface
Definition of a Dinosaur
The Importance of Dinosaurs
Popular Culture and Science: Where the Twain Meet
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Overview of Scientific Methods
Observational Methods: The Beginning of Questions
Ethics and Dinosaur Studies
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Paleontology and Geology as Sciences
Basic Principles of Geology
Recovery and Preparation of Dinosaur Fossils: How Are They Collected?
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Importance of Knowing the History of Dinosaur Studies
History of Dinosaur Studies before the "Renaissance"
Dinosaur Studies of the Recent Past: The Beginnings of a Renaissance and a New Legacy
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Dinosaur Bones: Their Formation, Names, and Features
Dinosaur Anatomy Related to Classification: Old and New
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Basic Concepts in Dinosaur Taphonomy
Postmortem Processes (Pre-Burial)
Postmortem Processes: Accumulation, Burial, and Post-Burial
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Basic Information about Dinosaur Tracks
Dinosaur Behavior Indicated by Tracks
Other Paleoenvironmental Information Gained from Dinosaur Tracks
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Basic Information about Dinosaur Eggs and Nests
Dinosaur Eggs
Dinosaur Nests
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Dinosaur Feeding Habits
Dinosaur Teeth and Toothmarks
Dinosaur Gastroliths
Stomach Remains and Digestion
Dinosaur Coprolites
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Introduction to Dinosaur Evolution
Basic Concepts in Evolutionary Theory
Evolutionary Origin of Dinosaurs
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Overview of the Clade Theropoda
Clades and Species of Theropoda
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Theropoda
Theropods as Living Animals
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Overview of the Clade Sauropodomorpha
Clades and Species of Sauropodomorpha
Sauropodomorphs as Living Animals
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Overview of the Clade Ornithopoda
Clades and Species of Ornithopoda
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Ornithopoda
Ornithopods as Living Animals
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Overview of the Clade Thyreophora
Clades and Species of Thyreophora
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Thyreophora
Thyreophoran as Living Animals
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Overview of the Clade Marginocephalia
Clades and Species of Marginocephalia
Paleobiogeography and Evolutionary History of Marginocephalia
Marginocephalians as Living Animals
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
Dinosaurs, Birds, and Extinctions
Dinosaur and Bird Physiology: Different or the Same?
Dinosaur Extinctions
Summary
Dino Afterthoughts: Discussion Questions
World Wide Web Resources
Glossary
Index

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