The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs : Second Edition

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The best-selling Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs remains the must-have book for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from amateur enthusiasts to professional paleontologists. Now extensively revised and expanded, this dazzlingly illustrated large-format edition features some 100 new dinosaur species and 200 new and updated illustrations, bringing readers up to the minute on the latest discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs and their world. Written and illustrated by acclaimed dinosaur expert Gregory Paul, this stunningly beautiful book includes detailed species accounts of all the major dinosaur groups as well as nearly 700 color and black-and-white images--skeletal drawings, "life" studies, scenic views, and other illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods. Paul's extensively revised introduction delves into dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of dinosaur paleontology, as well as giving a taste of what it might be like to travel back in time to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
* Now extensively revised and expanded* Covers nearly 750 dinosaur species, including scores of newly discovered ones* Provides startling new perspectives on the famed Brontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus* Features nearly 700 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including life studies, scenic views, and skull and muscle drawings* Includes color paleo-distribution maps and a color time line* Describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 30.48mm | 1,701g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 8 Maps
  • 0691167664
  • 9780691167664
  • 78,728

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"I have been looking forward to this book for years. Gregory Paul has set the standard for how prehistoric animals are reconstructed in scientific illustrations. As with all his work, the illustrations in this book are made with a near-fanatical quest for accuracy. This will be a popular and much-used reference for a wide audience of dinosaur enthusiasts."--James I. Kirkland, state paleontologist, Utah Geological Survey
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Table of contents

Preface 6 Acknowledgments 6 Introduction History of Discovery and Research 9 What Is a Dinosaur? 13 Dating Dinosaurs 14 The Evolution of Dinosaurs and Their World 15 Extinction 23 After the Age of Dinosaurs 24 Biology 25 General Anatomy 25 Skin, Feathers, and Color 33 Respiration and Circulation 34 Digestive Tracts 36 Senses 36 Vocalization 38 Disease and Pathologies 38 Behavior 39 Brains, Nerves, and Intelligence 39 Social Activities 39 Reproduction 40 Growth 45 Energetics 47 Gigantism 49 Mesozoic Oxygen 52 The Evolution-and Loss-of Avian Flight 53 Dinosaur Safari 54 If Dinosaurs Had Survived 55 Dinosaur Conservation 55 Where Dinosaurs Are Found 56 Using the Group and Species Descriptions 62 Group and Species Accounts Dinosaurs 69 Theropods 69 Sauropodomorphs 182 Ornithischians 239 Additional Reading 350 Index: Dinosaur Taxa 351 Formations 358
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"Artist and researcher Gregory S. Paul describes hundreds of dinosaur species in this richly illustrated compendium. Learn how beasts ranging from Allosaurus to zuniceratops grew, moved and reproduced--and how they eventually went extinct."--Scientific American
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011 One of the Library Journal's Best Reference (Print, Electronic, and Free Reference Resources) in the Sciences category, for 2009 Honorable Mention for the 2010 PROSE Award in Single Volume Reference/Science, Association of American Publishers "Mr. Paul's book takes up the task of bringing readers up to date with the current view of these animals, adding a spate of new species that have popped up since its initial publication in 2010... But Mr. Paul's book is more than simply a lavishly illustrated compendium... Name a dinosaur and you're likely to find it in [The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, Second Edition], detailed with vital statistics about size, where it lived and how much of the skeleton is known. You'll also find skeletal diagrams, fleshed-out profiles and classic pieces of Mr. Paul's distinctive art... [This book shows] the unexpected variety that life is capable of and raise[s] the question of what the next 235 million years will bring."--Brian Switek, Wall Street Journal "You'll never need to decide whether that massive beast lumbering through your front yard is Chasmosaurus belli or C. sternbergi, but if you did, this would be a handy book to have on your windowsill... [A]s dinosaur guidebooks go, this is as carefully assembled and authoritative as they come."--Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History "Artist and researcher Gregory S. Paul describes hundreds of dinosaur species in this richly illustrated compendium. Learn how beasts ranging from Allosaurus to zuniceratops grew, moved and reproduced--and how they eventually went extinct."--Scientific American "Given the vibrant state of dinosaur science, any book about them is going to be out-of-date by the time it hits shelves, but Gregory Paul's new The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a useful yearbook of dinosaurs which includes a variety of rarely-mentioned species... Indeed, Paul is to be credited for pulling so much information together into one volume, as well as for illustrating so many skeletons (some dinosaurs no doubt discovered while the book was in press.)"--Brian Switek,'s Dinosaur Tracking blog "The publication of Gregory Paul's The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is cause for celebration for all who share a fascination with this diverse family of animals. Paul's field guide is (perhaps) the most comprehensive one-volume guide to what we know about 735 species of dinosaurs. The book includes an outstanding ... introduction summarizing the history of dinosaurs research, evolution, biology, energetics, behavior, and distribution. It includes a discussion of the most arresting feature of dinosaurs--their great size... The heart of the book is a richly illustrated field guide which is organized like any of the field guides that we have become accustomed to. The species are presented in phylogenic order and meticulously and beautifully illustrated following the current state of our knowledge of posture and shape."--Wayne Mones, blog "World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the dinosaurs in this lavishly illustrated field guide. Incorporating the latest discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations... The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist."--Prehistoric Times "Lavishly filled with fossil forms and drawn interpretations of their outward appearance, the guide covers the entire spectrum of dinosaur species. The color images of some of the rock stars of the Age of Dinosaurs, from T-Rex to Triceratops, will enthrall any youngster with a yen for these ancient beasts... Paul has revitalized and re-invented the depiction of dinosaurs in recent decades, and the book brings the breadth of their lost world to today's readers."--Dan Vergano, USA Today "This latest book by Paul, a leading dinosaur researcher and illustrator, is an excellent accompaniment to your standard dinosaur encyclopedias. Its strength lies in the inclusion of over 735 species, along with information on how complete the fossil skeletons representing them are, anatomical characteristics, distribution of fossil finds, the animal's probable habitat, and what scientists believe about its behavior... [B]eautifully illustrated."--Library Journal "A fantastic new book on dinosaurs... Paul is an accomplished illustrator and expert in all things dinosaurian. The first 60 pages of the book provide an introduction to dinosaur biology, morphology and techniques for studying these fossils. The information on how the limbs of dinosaurs articulated is particularly intriguing... His fine illustrations provide nice accents to the text. The meat of the book is the coverage of individual dinosaur species."--Herb Wilson, Portland Press Herald "This book ... shows off Paul at his artistic and conceptual finest, as it is replete with all the latest knowledge of dinosaurian knowledge... [I]t's an excellent book, one of the best ever, and one which I wish was around in my youth, when all I had were dense textbooks."--Dan Schneider, "There's no doubt that Paul has done a tremendous job with The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs and it's quite impressive. If you're serious about dinosaurs and want a meticulously researched guide, this is certainly the book for you."--Jonathan Liu,'s GeekDad blog "Paul, an eminent authority on dinosaur anatomy and a leading dinosaur illustrator, presents detailed information on all dinosaur groups... The author, well known for his detailed skeletal diagrams and ability to interpret dinosaur biomechanics, displays his formidable skills throughout this book... Serious dinosaur scholars will devour this book; it is a major contribution to the field."--Choice "Reproduced and copied time and again, Paul's interpretation of dinosaur anatomy has found for years a permanent home on both the popular and scientific page. Paul's latest publication, The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, is the collection of these skeletal reconstructions that the dinosaur-loving community has been waiting for. If nothing else, it is this collection that makes the book worthy of ownership."--Richard A. Kissel, American Paleontologist "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It represents the most comprehensive collection of scientifically informed dinosaur anatomical illustrations to date, making it a valuable desk reference. One can imagine taking a trip back to the Mesozoic and using this guide to identify these awe-inspiring creatures. This volume should find a proud place on the bookshelf of both amateurs and professionals."--Christopher R. Noto, Quarterly Review of Biology "I am certain that all ages of dinosaur fans will love this book."--Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes "Greg Paul is an independent researcher who specialises on dinosaurs; he's well known for his popular articles, books and technical papers, but in particular for his hugely influential artwork. Paul's most recent book--the 2010 The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs--is, simply put, the ultimate Greg Paul book. It's a large, heavily illustrated catalogue of over 400 reconstructed skeletons, accompanied throughout with life restorations and brief chunks of text that present data on the world's Mesozoic dinosaur species."--Darren Naish,'s Tetrapod Zoology blog "This engaging volume is informed by the latest research, much of it from China. In a fully revised introduction, Paul explores his subject from head to tail, while the passage 'If Dinosaurs Had Survived' is sure to leave readers misty-eyed."--New Scientist
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About Gregory S. Paul

Gregory S. Paul is a leading dinosaur illustrator and researcher who helped establish the "new look" of the Mesozoic creatures seen in contemporary documentaries and movies, including Jurassic Park, for which he served as a consultant. His books include Predatory Dinosaurs of the World: A Complete Illustrated Guide. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, and many other publications.
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