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    Dinosaurs: A Field Guide (Hardback) By (author) Gregory S. Paul

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    DescriptionThis is a large format field guide (a playful notion) to the true dinosaurs - the Tetrapoda (no pterosaurs or marine reptiles). Dinosaur taxonomy is complex and contentious, and while more than 1500 species have been claimed, many records are based on partial remains or are without adequate scientific documentation. The author recognises 600+ species. An extensive introduction treats a wide range of topics from taxonomy, evolution, biology and behaviour to a discussion of fossil discoveries and paleontological research. The bulk of the book is devoted to full treatment of the five dinosaur groups: protodinosaurs; predatory dinosaurs and protobirds; prosauropods; sauropods; and ornithiscians. After each family introduction, the species text includes biometrics, fossil remains (proportion of full animal recovered and sites at which specimens have been found), age, distribution and formations, habitat (where known), and habits (mainly based on anatomical features). The level of knowledge about species varies considerably and this is fully reflected in the species accounts. Many of the species descriptions are accompanied by black-and-white anatomical reconstructions and/or skull diagrams as well as numerous colour renderings of the complete animal. There are also supplementary illustrations - eggs, trackways, herds, juveniles and so forth - and evocative colour and black-and-white 'scenes' of dinosaur behaviour.


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    Title
    Dinosaurs
    Subtitle
    A Field Guide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory S. Paul
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 280 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,564 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408130742
    ISBN 10: 1408130742
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    DC22: 567.9
    BISAC V2.8: NAT015000
    BIC subject category V2: WNA
    Thema V1.0: WNA
    Illustrations note
    150+ colour artworks and hundreds of line drawings
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    A & C Black Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    31 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Gregory Paul is an independent scholar and 'paleoartist.' He is author and illustrator of Predatory Dinosaurs of the World (Simon & Schuster, 1989) and Dinosaurs of the Air (Johns Hopkins, 2002), and editor of The Scientific American Book of the Dinosaurs (St Martin's Press, 2003). His scientific writings and papers have appeared in Scientific American, The New York Times, Nature and numerous specialist journals and publications.