Dinosaurs A Concise Natural History
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $82.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/12/2009
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Preface: why this book?|
|Reaching Back in Time|
|To catch a Dinosaur|
|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|