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Author Fastovsky, David E.

Title The evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs / David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel
Edition Second edition / with illustrations by John Sibbick
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  567.97 Fas/Eae 2005  AVAILABLE
Description x, 485 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
regular print
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Back to the past : the Mesozoic era -- Ch. 3. Discovering order in the natural world -- Ch. 4. Interrelationships of vertebrates -- Ch. 5. The origin of the dinosauria -- Ch. 6. Stegosauria : hot plates -- Ch. 7. Ankylosauria : mass and gas -- Ch. 8. Pachycephalosauria : ramrods of the Cretaceous -- Ch. 9. Ceratopsia : horns and all the frills -- Ch. 10. Ornithopoda : the tuskers, antelopes, and "mighty ducks" of the Mesozoic -- Ch. 11. Sauropodomorpha : the big, the bizarre, and the majestic -- Ch. 12. Theropoda I : nature red in tooth and claw -- Ch. 13. Theropoda II : the origin of birds -- Ch. 14. Theropoda III : the early evolution of birds -- Ch. 15. Dinosaur thermoregulation : some like it hot -- Ch. 16. Patterns in dinosaur evolution -- Ch. 17. Reconstructing extinctions : the art of science -- Ch. 18. The Cretaceous - tertiary extinction : the frill is gone
Summary "This new edition of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs is a unique, comprehensive treatment of a fascinating group of organisms. It is a detailed survey of dinosaur origins, their diversity, and their eventual extinction." "The book is written as a series of essays covering important and timely topics in dinosaur paleontology and natural history. It will appeal to non-specialists and all dinosaur enthusiasts, treating subjects as diverse as birds as "living dinosaurs," the new feathered dinosaurs from China, and "warm-bloodedness." Along the way, the reader learns about dinosaur functional morphology, physiology, and systematics using cladistic methodology - in short, how professional paleontologists and dinosaur experts go about their work, and why they find it so rewarding." "The book is illustrated by John Sibbick, a world-famous illustrator of dinosaurs, with pictures commissioned exclusively for this book."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Dinosaurs -- Extinction.
Dinosaurs -- Evolution.
Extinction (Biology)
Author Weishampel, David B., 1952-
LC no. 2004049261
ISBN 0521811724