The Complete Dinosaur

The Complete Dinosaur

Hardback Life of the Past

Edited by Michael K. Brett-Surman, Edited by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jnr., Edited by James O. Farlow

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 1128 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 290mm x 58mm | 2,926g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253357012
  • ISBN 13: 9780253357014
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 32 colour illustrations, 485 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 164,047

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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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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

Table of contents

List of Contributors Part One: The Discovery of Dinosaurs 1. Dinosaurs: The Earliest Discoveries / David A. E. Spalding and William A. S. Sarjeant; 2. Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of Dinosaurs / Hugh S. Torrens; 3. European Dinosaur Hunters of the 19th and 20th Centuries / Hans-Dieter Sues; 4. North American Dinosaur Hunters / Edwin H. Colbert, David D. Gillette, and Ralph E. Molnar; 5. The Search for Dinosaurs in Asia / Corwin Sullivan, David W. E. Hone, and Xing Xu; 6. Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. Part Two: The Study of Dinosaurs 7. Hunting for Dinosaur Bones / David D. Gillette; 8. The Osteology of the Dinosaurs / Thomas R. Holtz and M. K. Brett-Surman; 9. Reconstructing the Musculature of Dinosaurs / David W. Dilkes, John R. Hutchinson, Casey M. Holliday, and Lawrence M. Witmer; 10. Dinosaur Paleoneurology / Emily Buchholtz; 11. Taxonomy of the Dinosauria / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and M. K. Brett-Surman; 12. Dinosaurs and Geologic Time / James I. Kirkland and James O. Farlow; 13. Technology and the Study of Dinosaurs / Ralph E. Chapman, Art Andersen, Brent H. Breithaupt, and Neffra A. Matthews; 14. Claws, Scales, Beaks, and Feathers: Molecular Traces in the Fossil Record / Mary Higby Schweitzer and Mark Marshall; 15. Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits / Kenneth Carpenter; 16. Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals / Douglas Henderson Part Three: The Clades of Dinosaurs 17. Evolution of the Archosaurs / J. Michael Parrish; 18. Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs / Michael J. Benton; 19. Theropods / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.; 20. Birds / Darren Naish; 21. Basal Sauropodomorpha: The "Prosauropods" / Adam Yates; 22. Sauropoda / Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers; 23. Stegosaurs / Peter M. Galton; 24. Ankylosaurs / Kenneth Carpenter; 25. Marginocephalia / Peter Makovicky; 26. Ornithopods / Richard J. Butler and Paul M. Barrett Part Four: Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs 27. Land Plants as a Source of Food and Environment in the Age of Dinosaurs / Bruce H. Tiffney; 28. What Did Dinosaurs Eat: Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets / Karen Chin; 29. Reproductive Biology of Dinosaurs / Terry D. Jones and Nicholas R. Geist; 30. Dinosaur Eggs / Darla K. Zelenitsky, John R. Horner, and Francois Therrien; 31. How Dinosaurs Grew/ R. E. H. Reid; 32. Engineering a Dinosaur / Donald Henderson; 33. Disease in Dinosaurs / Elizabeth Rega; 34. The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints / James O. Farlow, Ralph E. Chapman, Brent Breithaupt, and Neffra Matthews; 35. The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution / Kenneth J. McNamara and John A. Long; 36. Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs and Early Birds / John A. Ruben, Terry D. Jones, Nicholas R. Geist, Willem J. Hillenius, Amy E. Harwell, and Devon E. Quick; 37. Evidence for Avian-Mammalian Aerobic Capacity and Thermoregulation in Mesozoic Dinosaurs / Gregory S. Paul; 38. "Intermediate" Dinosaurs: The Case Updated / R. E. H. Reid Part Five: Dinosaur Evolution in the Mesozoic 39. Principles of Biogeography / Ralph E. Molnar; 40. Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates / Nicholas C. Fraser; 41. Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapods and Faunal Changes / Hans-Dieter Sues; 42. Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic / Matthew T. Carrano; 43. Dinosaur Extinction: Past and Present Perspectives / J. David Archibald; 44. Life after Death: Dinosaur Fossils in Human Hands / Daniel J. Chure; 45. Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Theory / Kevin Padian and Elizabeth K. Burton Appendix: Dinosaur-Related WWW Sites; Glossary; Index