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The Complete Dinosaur

Michael K. Brett-surman


PUBLISHED: 25th June 2012
ISBN: 9780253357014
ANNOTATION:
The most thorough and up -to -date survey of dinosaurs available
The Complete Dinosaur
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PUBLISHED: 25th June 2012
ISBN: 9780253357014
ANNOTATION:
The most thorough and up -to -date survey of dinosaurs available

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The most thorough and up -to -date survey of dinosaurs available

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What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? These questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book's 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.

Author Biography

M. K. Brett-Surman is Museum Specialist at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., is Senior Lecturer and Director, Earth, Life and Time Program, Department of Geology, University of Maryland. James O. Farlow is Professor of Geology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Ft. Wayne.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Part One: The Discovery of Dinosaurs

  1. Dinosaurs: The Earliest Discoveries David A. E. Spalding and William A. S. Sarjeant
  2. Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of Dinosaurs Hugh S. Torrens
  3. European Dinosaur Hunters of the 19th and 20th Centuries Hans-Dieter Sues
  4. North American Dinosaur Hunters Edwin H. Colbert, David D. Gillette, and Ralph E. Molnar
  5. The Search for Dinosaurs in Asia Corwin Sullivan, David W. E. Hone, and Xing Xu
  6. Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.

Part Two: The Study of Dinosaurs

  1. Hunting for Dinosaur Bones David D. Gillette
  2. The Osteology of the Dinosaurs Thomas R. Holtz and M. K. Brett-Surman
  3. Reconstructing the Musculature of Dinosaurs David W. Dilkes, John R. Hutchinson, Casey M. Holliday, and Lawrence M. Witmer
  4. Dinosaur Paleoneurology Emily Buchholtz
  5. Taxonomy of the Dinosauria Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and M. K. Brett-Surman
  6. Dinosaurs and Geologic Time James I. Kirkland and James O. Farlow
  7. Technology and the Study of Dinosaurs Ralph E. Chapman, Art Andersen, Brent H. Breithaupt, and Neffra A. Matthews
  8. Claws, Scales, Beaks, and Feathers: Molecular Traces in the Fossil Record Mary Higby Schweitzer and Mark Marshall
  9. Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits Kenneth Carpenter
  10. Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals Douglas Henderson

Part Three: The Clades of Dinosaurs

  1. Evolution of the Archosaurs J. Michael Parrish
  2. Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs Michael J. Benton
  3. Theropods Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
  4. Birds Darren Naish
  5. Basal Sauropodomorpha: The "Prosauropods" Adam Yates
  6. Sauropoda Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers
  7. Stegosaurs Peter M. Galton
  8. Ankylosaurs Kenneth Carpenter
  9. Marginocephalia Peter Makovicky
  10. Ornithopods Richard J. Butler and Paul M. Barrett

Part Four: Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs

  1. Land Plants as a Source of Food and Environment in the Age of Dinosaurs Bruce H. Tiffney
  2. What Did Dinosaurs Eat: Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets Karen Chin
  3. Reproductive Biology of Dinosaurs Terry D. Jones and Nicholas R. Geist
  4. Dinosaur Eggs Darla K. Zelenitsky, John R. Horner, and Francois Therrien
  5. How Dinosaurs Grew R. E. H. Reid
  6. Engineering a Dinosaur Donald Henderson
  7. Disease in Dinosaurs Elizabeth Rega
  8. The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints James O. Farlow, Ralph E. Chapman, Brent Breithaupt, and Neffra Matthews
  9. The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution Kenneth J. McNamara and John A. Long
  10. Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs and Early Birds John A. Ruben, Terry D. Jones, Nicholas R. Geist, Willem J. Hillenius, Amy E. Harwell, and Devon E. Quick
  11. Evidence for Avian-Mammalian Aerobic Capacity and Thermoregulation in Mesozoic Dinosaurs Gregory S. Paul
  12. "Intermediate" Dinosaurs: The Case Updated R. E. H. Reid

Part Five: Dinosaur Evolution in the Mesozoic

  1. Principles of Biogeography Ralph E. Molnar
  2. Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates Nicholas C. Fraser
  3. Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapods and Faunal Changes Hans-Dieter Sues
  4. Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic Matthew T. Carrano
  5. Dinosaur Extinction: Past and Present Perspectives J. David Archibald
  6. Life after Death: Dinosaur Fossils in Human Hands Daniel J. Chure
  7. Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Theory Kevin Padian and Elizabeth K. Burton Appendix: Dinosaur-Related WWW Sites Glossary Index

Review

"Praise for the first edition: "Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." New Scientist "A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts... A highly successful volume." Science "The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." Natural History "The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." American Reference Books Annual "Praise for the second edition: "Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book's 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere." - Ian Paulsen, Grrl Scientist hosted by The Guardian, July 8th, 2012 "[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become."--National Geographic Laelaps "This substantial, and now revised, multi-author book is a good introduction to dinosaur (and early bird) science, without demanding much if any technical knowledge, in 45 chapters variously taxonomic and thematic, on subjects including aspects of dinobiology, methodology and theory, and even dinoart."--Archives of Natural History "For such a large book devoted to mostly science, it's nice to see that science embedded by appreciation for the history of the field of dinosaur paleontology on both ends. Throughout the book are scientific illustrations and other images, as well as a central section of colored plates of dinosaur art."--The Dispersal of Darwin

Prizes

Winner of 2013 AAUP Public and Second School Library, Outstanding 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
Winner of 2013 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection, Outstanding ratingA Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014.
Winner of 2013 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection, Outstanding ratingA Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.
Winner of 2013 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection, Outstanding ratingA Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014.
Winner of 2013 AAUP Public and Second School Lib Selection, Outstanding 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Product Details

Publisher
Indiana University Press
Series
Life of the Past
Year
2012
Edition
2nd
Illustrator
Bob Walters
ISBN-10
0253357012
ISBN-13
9780253357014
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
Second Edition
Edited by
Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, James O. Farlow
Language
English
Media
Book
Author
Michael K. Brett-surman
Short Title
COMP DINOSAUR 2/E
Pages
1128
Publication Date
2012-06-25
Illustrations
32 color illus., 485 b&w illus.