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Mesozoic Vertebrate Life (Life of the Past) Hardcover – 18 Jul 2001


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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (18 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253339073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253339072
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.5 x 25.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,482,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Research papers on dinosaurs continue to increase in number, and many bring readers new and thoughtful ideas about the biology of these ancient, dramatic animals. A growing number of books for public and professionals focus on Mesozoic animals, dinosaurs in particular; this one is for professionals. The 33 papers essentially cover dinosaurs of North America, but there are papers on Chinese and Patagonian dinosaurs. Most papers are systematic studies, and some include descriptions of new taxa, but there are also useful studies on dinosaur anatomy, biomechanics, gastroliths, and even sociobiology. A section on ichnology (footprints) examines traces of other animals than dinosaurs; four papers discuss paleopathologies, showing how much about extinct animals can be gleaned from the condition of preserved bones, and another treats dinosaurs in fiction, with many illustrations derived from novels, comics, and other literature sources. About 20 color paintings, restorations of important dinosaurs in lifelike settings, are included along with photographs of the critical feather like features on some recently discovered Chinese dinosaur fossils. Unfortunately, many of the black and white photographs are rather muddy. A useful book for many paleontologists, at a reasonable price. Upper division undergraduates and up.D. Bardack, emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002mar CHOICE"

"A useful book for many paleontologists, at a reasonable price." Choice, March 2002"

Research papers on dinosaurs continue to increase in number, and many bring readers new and thoughtful ideas about the biology of these ancient, dramatic animals. A growing number of books for public and professionals focus on Mesozoic animals, dinosaurs in particular; this one is for professionals. The 33 papers essentially cover dinosaurs of North America, but there are papers on Chinese and Patagonian dinosaurs. Most papers are systematic studies, and some include descriptions of new taxa, but there are also useful studies on dinosaur anatomy, biomechanics, gastroliths, and even sociobiology. A section on ichnology (footprints) examines traces of other animals than dinosaurs; four papers discuss paleopathologies, showing how much about extinct animals can be gleaned from the condition of preserved bones, and another treats dinosaurs in fiction, with many illustrations derived from novels, comics, and other literature sources. About 20 color paintings, restorations of important dinosaurs in lifelike settings, are included along with photographs of the critical feather like features on some recently discovered Chinese dinosaur fossils. Unfortunately, many of the black and white photographs are rather muddy. A useful book for many paleontologists, at a reasonable price. Upper division undergraduates and up.D. Bardack, emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002mar CHOICE

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"A useful book for many paleontologists, at a reasonable price." Choice, March 2002

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This path breaking volume provides further evidence that we are in the midst of a new golden age' of dinosaur palaeontology. It presents important new research on the vertebrate life of the Mesozoic as reported by 45 of the leading workers in the field. Organised into sections on theropods, sauropods, ornithischians, dinosaurian fauna, paleopathologies, and ichnology, these original papers represent a broad cross section of current research. Studies of Charles Sternberg and dinosaurs in fiction conclude the book. Among the interesting findings presented here is a new theropod from Patagonia, a new sauropod and a new ornithodpod from Utah, and new studies of the phylogeny and taxonomy of the Tyrannosauridae. There is a new paper on the feathered dinosaurs from China and the origins of flight, accompanied by striking colour photographs; current speculations on the socioecology of Ceratopsid dinosaurs; and new studies of what can be inferred about dinosaur behavior from examining bone pathologies and trackways.

Together, these 33 contributions form a vital portrait of cutting edge research on dinosaurs and other vertebrates from this endlessly fascinating period in the life of the past.

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