Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Updated with the material that instructors want, Dinosaurs continues to make science exciting and understandable to non-science majors through its narrative of scientific concepts rather than endless facts. It now contains new material on pterosaurs, an expanded section on the evolution of the dinosaurs and new photographs to help students engage with geology, natural history and evolution. The authors ground the text in the language of modern evolutionary biology, phylogenetic systematics, and teach students to examine the paleontology of dinosaurs exactly as the professionals in the field do using these methods to reconstruct dinosaur relationships. Beautifully illustrated, lively and engaging, this edition continues to encourage students to ask questions and assess data critically, enabling them to think like a scientist.

Table of Contents

Why a natural history of dinosaurs?
Reaching Back in Time
To catch a dinosaur
Dinosaur days
Who's related to whom - and how do we know?
Who are the dinosaurs?
Ornithischia: Armored, Horned, and Duckbilled Dinosaurs
Thyreophorans: the armor-bearers
Marginocephalia: bumps, bosses, and beaks
Ornithopoda: the tuskers, antelopes and 'mighty ducks' of the Mesozoic
Saurischia: Meat, Might, and Magnitude
Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic
Theropoda I: nature red in tooth and claw
Theropoda II: the origin of birds
Theropoda III: early birds
Endothermy, Endemism, and Extinction
Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot
The flowering of the Mesozoic
A history of paleontology through ideas
Dinosaurs: in the beginning
The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction: the frill is gone
Index of subjects
Index of genera
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