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9780684864112

The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures; A Visual Who's Who of Prehistoric Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780684864112

  • ISBN10:

    0684864118

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-10-05
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

An unmatched reference work distinguished by its erudition and beauty, The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures is an illustrated who's who of prehistoric life, a Baedeker of more than 500 million years of evolution on Earth.

With entries for more than 600 species, each arranged in its evolutionary sequence, the book presents a panorama of enormous diversity, from predatory dinosaurs to primitive amphibians, from giant armored fish to woolly mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and dire wolves. Each entry features a specially commissioned full-color painting prepared according to the best research of today in close collaboration with world-renowned paleontologists. The records of the rocks -- fossil bones, teeth, skin, hair and even footprints and nests -- have been combined with knowledge of the anatomy and behavior of present-day descendants to arrive at informed judgments about posture, color and other aspects of appearance.

Lively and informative "biographies" of the creatures accompany these remarkable illustrations: how they moved, what they ate, where they ranged and the habitats and ecological niches they occupied. Comparisons are made wherever possible with familiar living animals, highlighting both the contrasts and similarities. Also included are articles on subjects such as the time scale of evolution, fossil formation and interpretation and convergent evolution.

Truly a magnificent sourcebook, The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures is both a triumph of scholarship and a work of art. It will stand as the best and most accurate presentation of the prehistoric animal world available.

An unmatched reference work distinguished by its erudition and beauty, The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures is an illustrated who's who of prehistoric life, a Baedeker of more than 500 million years of evolution on Earth.

With entries for more than 600 species, each arranged in its evolutionary sequence, the book presents a panorama of enormous diversity, from predatory dinosaurs to primitive amphibians, from giant armored fish to woolly mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and dire wolves. Each entry features a specially commissioned full-color painting prepared according to the best research of today in close collaboration with world-renowned paleontologists. The records of the rocks -- fossil bones, teeth, skin, hair and even footprints and nests -- have been combined with knowledge of the anatomy and behavior of present-day descendants to arrive at informed judgments about posture, color and other aspects of appearance.

Lively and informative "biographies" of the creatures accompany these remarkable illustrations: how they moved, what they ate, where they ranged and the habitats and ecological niches they occupied. Comparisons are made wherever possible with familiar living animals, highlighting both the contrasts and similarities. Also included are articles on subjects such as the time scale of evolution, fossil formation and interpretation and convergent evolution.

Truly a magnificent sourcebook, The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures is both a triumph of scholarship and a work of art. It will stand as the best and most accurate presentation of the prehistoric animal world available.

Author Biography

Professor Barry Cox is head of the biology department at King's College, University of London. His specialty is mammal-like reptiles, and he teaches vertebrate paleontology. His publications include Prehistoric Life Explained.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6(2)
Introduction 8(10)
Fishes
18(28)
Jawless fishes
22(4)
Cartilaginous fishes
26(4)
Spiny sharks and armored fishes
30(4)
Primitive ray-finned fishes
34(4)
Modern ray-finned fishes
38(4)
Lobe-finned fishes
42(4)
Amphibians
46(12)
Early tetrapods
50(4)
Lepospondyls
54(4)
Reptiles
58(32)
Early reptiles
62(4)
Turtles, tortoises, and terrapins
66(4)
Semi-aquatic and marine reptiles
70(4)
Marine reptiles
74(8)
Early diapsids
82(4)
Snakes and lizards
86(4)
Ruling Reptiles
90(80)
Early ruling reptiles
94(4)
Crocodiles
98(4)
Flying reptiles
102(4)
Carnivorous dinosaurs
106(16)
Early herbivorous dinosaurs
122(4)
Long-necked browsing dinosaurs
126(8)
Fabrosaurs, heterodontosaurs, and pachycephalosaurs
134(4)
Hypsilophodonts
138(4)
lguanodonts
142(4)
Duckbilled dinosaurs
146(8)
Armored dinosaurs
154(8)
Horned dinosaurs
162(8)
Birds
170(12)
Early and flightless birds
174(4)
Water and land birds
178(4)
Mammallike Reptiles
182(12)
Pelycosaurs and therapsids
186(4)
Therapsids
190(4)
Mammals
194(104)
Primitive mammals
198(4)
Marsupials
202(4)
Glyptodonts, sloths, armadillos, and anteaters
206(4)
Insectivores and creodonts
210(4)
Mustelids and bears
214(4)
Dogs and hyenas
218(4)
Cats and mongooses
222(4)
Seals, sea lions, and walruses
226(4)
Whales, dolphins, and porpoises
230(4)
Early rooters and browsers
234(4)
Early elephants and mastodonts
238(4)
Mastodonts, mammoths, and modern elephants
242(4)
South American hoofed mammals
246(8)
Horses
254(4)
Tapirs and brontotheres
258(4)
Rhinoceroses
262(4)
Swine and hippopotamuses
266(4)
Oreodonts and early horned browsers
270(4)
Camels
274(4)
Giraffes, deer, and cattle
278(4)
Rodents, rabbits, and hares
282(4)
Lemurs and monkeys
286(4)
Apes
290(4)
Humans
294(4)
Glossary 298(2)
Classification of vertebrates 300(4)
Bibliography 304(1)
International museums 305(1)
Index 306

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