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King of the Crocodylians: The Paleobiology of Deinosuchus

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Toward the end of the Age of Dinosaurs, during a time known as the Late Cretaceous, a new type of giant predator appeared along the southern coasts of North America. It was a huge species of crocodylian called Deinosuchus. Neither a crocodile nor an alligator, it was an ancestor of both modern groups; it reached weights of many tons and it had some features unique to its own species. Average-sized individuals were bigger than the carnivorous dinosaurs with which they co-existed; the largest specimens were the size of a T-rex. King of the Crocodylians, the biography of these giant beasts, tells the long history of their discovery and reports on new research about their makeup. The book also deals with the ancient life and geology of the coastal areas where Deinosuchus thrived, its competitors, and its prey, which probably included carnivorous dinosaurs. There is also detailed discussion of the methods used to determine the size of these giant animals, the dating of the fossils, the nature of their living environments, and how we know who ate whom 80 million years ago.

About the Author

David R. Schwimmer, Professor of Paleontology at Columbus State University in Georgia, is an expert on the Late Cretaceous paleontology of the southeastern United States. Author of many papers on Cretaceous vertebrates, he is co-author (with W. J. Frazier) of Regional Stratigraphy of North America, which won the award for "Best Reference Book of the Year" from the Geoscience Information Society.

Table of Contents

The life and times of a giant crocodylian — The early paleontology of deinosuchus — The size of deinosuchus — The age of deinosuchus — Deinosuchus localities and their ancient environments — How many deinosuchus species existed? — A genealogy of deinosuchus — The prey of giants — Appendix a. geological time and subdivisions of the late cretaceous — Appendix b. glossary of anatomic and cladistic terms — Appendix c. list of deinosuchus localities.

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ISBN:
9780253340870
Subtitle:
The Paleobiology of Deinosuchus
Author:
Schwimmer, David R.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, Ind.
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Deinosuchus.
Subject:
Geology-Paleontology
Subject:
Herpetology; Natural History; Paleontology; Science
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Life of the Past
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020522
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
86 bandw photos
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10.31 x 7.24 x 0.79 in

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