9780231107105

Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231107105

  • ISBN10:

    0231107102

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

The long and distinguished tradition of tracking dinosaurs and other extinct animals in Europe dates back to the 1830s. Yet this venerable tradition of scientific activity cannot compare in magnitude and scope with the unprecedented spate of discovery and documentation of the last few years. Now, following on the heels of his Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of the Western United States, Martin Lockley teams up with Christian Meyer to present an up to date synthesis of the recent findings in the field of European fossil footprints. Drawing extensively on their own research results from studies in Britain, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere, the authors create a dynamic picture of mammal, reptile, bird, and amphibian "track-makers" throughout more than 300 million years of vertebrate evolution, placed in the context of Europe's changing ancient environments. Beginning with an introduction to tracking and a history of the European tracking tradition, Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe then charts a broad path of evolutionary proliferation from the proto-dinosaurs of the Early Triassic period to the dinosaurs' decline and disappearance in the Upper Cretaceous. The survey continues into the age of mammals and birds, ending with the cave art of our Paleolithic ancestors.

Author Biography

Martin Lockley is professor of geology and director of the Dinosaur Trackers Research Group at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Dinosaur-Tracking Renaissance in Europe xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction to Tracking
1(24)
The Importance of Fossil Footprints
1(1)
How to Study Ancient Tracks
2(2)
Individual Behavior
4(3)
Where to Go Tracking
7(1)
Naming Footprints
8(1)
Who Dun It? Identifying Ancient Trackmakers
9(1)
Time and Time Again
10(1)
Collecting Footprint Data
11(2)
Social Behavior
13(2)
Using Trackways to Read Ancient Ecology: The Ichnofacies Concept
15(1)
Tracks and Bones: Two Pieces of the Incomplete Puzzle
16(1)
The Mysteries of Track Preservation
17(8)
The Tradition of Tracking Dinosaurs in Europe
25(28)
Earliest Discoveries
25(3)
The Oldest European Trackmakers
28(7)
Dragging Through the Devonian
29(2)
Cruising the Carboniferous
31(4)
Of Deserts and Swamps
35(3)
Rotliegendes: Permian Trackway Heaven
38(6)
The German Summit Conference
44(2)
Stuck in the Mud: The Complete Trace of a Hammerhead Amphibian
46(1)
The First Pareiasaur Trackway
47(1)
Pangaean Globetrotters
48(5)
Dawn of the Mesozoic: The Early and Middle Triassic
53(26)
The Story of Chirotherium: The Dawn of the Archosaurs
53(6)
Sex in the Footprint Bed
59(1)
Tracks as Keys to Evolution and Locomotion
59(5)
Lizard Ancestors and Proto-mammals with Hairy Feet
64(3)
The World's Oldest Dinosaur Tracks: Fact, Fiction, and Controversy
67(4)
Future Directions
71(8)
The First Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic Epoch
79(26)
Welsh Dinosaurs at the Jolly Sailor Pub
79(5)
The March of the Prosauropods
84(4)
Learning Tracking from the Bushmen: ``C'est l'Afrique''
88(3)
A Beautiful but Elusive Track
91(2)
High-Altitude Tracks in the Swiss Alps
93(2)
Von Huene's Little Dinosaur Track: Coelurosaurichnus
95(2)
Future Directions: Digging Deeper in the Late Triassic
97(2)
A Once Green and Pleasant Land
99(6)
Early Jurassic
105(28)
Noah's Raven Visits Europe
105(1)
France: The Le Veillon Sites
106(5)
France: The Causses Region
111(3)
France: Sanary sur Mer
114(1)
Tracks from Swedish Coal Mines and Railroad Tunnels
115(2)
Tracking in the Holy Cross Mountains, Poland
117(5)
Trackway Evidence for the Early Origin of Stegosaurs
122(4)
The First Sauropods? Evidence from Italy
126(7)
The Dark Ages: Middle Jurassic
133(18)
Dinosaurs in the Great Deltas of Yorkshire
133(3)
Glimpse of a Dinosaur from the Dark Ages
136(1)
The First Iberian Sauropods
137(6)
Mr. Pooley's Enigmatic Track Discovery
143(1)
Dinosaur Tracks from the Western Isles
144(1)
The Tip of the Ichnologic Iceberg
145(6)
The Age of Brontosaurs: Late Jurassic
151(38)
Megalosaur Tracks
151(7)
Sauropods on the Rise: Germany, Iberia, and Switzerland
158(3)
Baby Brontosaurs
161(5)
Social Sauropods
166(3)
The Swiss Megatracksite
169(2)
The Dinosaur Disco: An Ancient Stomping Ground
171(2)
Smaller Spoor
173(2)
Turtles and Hopping Dinosaurs
175(3)
Spoor of the Pterosaur
178(3)
A Note on the Brontopodus Ichnofacies and Other Carbonate Ichnofacies
181(1)
The First Ankylosaur Tracks
182(7)
The Age of Iguanodon: Early Cretaceous
189(40)
Archosaurs in the Air (Pterosaurian Giants)
189(2)
Europe's Early Birds
191(2)
The Age of Iguanodon
193(8)
Iguanodon and Conan Doyle's Lost World
201(3)
La Rioja
204(9)
More Spoor of the Pterosaur
213(3)
Farther Along the Trail of the Elusive Ankylosaur
216(1)
Dalmatian Dinosaurs
217(3)
Arctic Dinosaurs
220(9)
The End of the Dinosaur Trail: Upper Cretaceous
229(14)
The Battle of Carenque
229(3)
More Dalmatian Dinosaurs and Dwarfs
232(2)
The Last of the Brontosaurs: Tracking Titanosaurs in the High Pyrenees
234(4)
The Last European Dinosaurs
238(5)
New Horizons
243(30)
The Age of Mammals and Birds
243(1)
The Quiet Dawn: Paleocene-Eocene
244(2)
Tracking Ronzotherium, an Early Rhino
246(2)
An Abundance of Waterfowl
248(4)
A Miocene Menagerie
252(3)
Tracking Ancestors of the Cat: Miocene of Spain
255(1)
Pliocene Interlude
256(1)
Pleistocene: Ice Age Trackmakers
257(2)
Subterranean Tracking: Hominid Ichnology
259(5)
Cave Art to Forensics: The Signature of Modern Humanity
264(9)
Appendix 273(18)
References 291(20)
Index 311

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