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What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates? What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did typical dinosaurs become extinct? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book's 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional palaeontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.

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  • Hardback | 1128 pages
  • 223.52 x 289.56 x 58.42mm | 2,925.66g
  • 27 Jun 2012
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 32 colour illustrations, 485 b&w illustrations
  • 0253357012
  • 9780253357014
  • 193,136

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M. K. Brett-Surman is Museum Specialist at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., is Senior Lecturer and Director, Earth, Life and Time Program, Department of Geology, University of Maryland. James O. Farlow is Professor of Geology at Indiana University Purdue University at Ft. Wayne."

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"Praise for the first edition: "Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." New Scientist "A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts... A highly successful volume." Science "The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." Natural History "The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." American Reference Books Annual "Praise for the second edition: "Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book's 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere." - Ian Paulsen, Grrl Scientist hosted by The Guardian, July 8th, 2012 "[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become."--National Geographic Laelaps "This substantial, and now revised, multi-author book is a good introduction to dinosaur (and early bird) science, without demanding much if any technical knowledge, in 45 chapters variously taxonomic and thematic, on subjects including aspects of dinobiology, methodology and theory, and even dinoart."--Archives of Natural History "For such a large book devoted to mostly science, it's nice to see that science embedded by appreciation for the history of the field of dinosaur paleontology on both ends. Throughout the book are scientific illustrations and other images, as well as a central section of colored plates of dinosaur art."--The Dispersal of Darwin

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