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The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs (Byron Preiss Book)

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The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs is a startling definitive look at the monsters of the Mesozoic era. It provides a complete portrait of their existence, including how they evolved, what they looked like, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died.

Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologist detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored such as:

· Are birds living descendants of dinosaurs?

· Were dinosaurs sluggish cold-blooded reptilians, or radically different?

· How did the dinosaurs' world change over time?

· How and why did the major dinosaur families become extinct?

The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs presents a spectacularly illustrated tour of the 140-million-year existence id the most exotic and interesting group of animals ever to walk the earth.

Gregory S. Paul is one of America's leading dinosaur paleontologist and also a gifted paleo-artist, renowned for his anatomical accuracy. He has served as a consultant on Jurassic Park and the Disney film Dinosaurs. His scientific papers have been printed in numerous magazines and journals, and he is the author of several books, including Beyond Humanity and Dinosaurs of the Air.

The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs is a definitive look at the monsters of the Mesozoic era. It provides a complete portrait of their existence, including how they evolved, what they looked like, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died.

Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologists detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored.

Contributors include Philip J. Currie, Walter Alvarez, Frank Asaro, Michael Benton, Per Christiansen, Kevin Padian, Luis M. Chiappe, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., Rebecca R. Hanna, David J. G. Varricchio, and others.

Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologists detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored.

Synopsis:

The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs is a startling definitive look at the monsters of the Mesozoic era. It provides a complete portrait of their existence, including how they evolved, what they looked like, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died.

Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologist detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored such as:

· Are birds living descendants of dinosaurs?

· Were dinosaurs sluggish cold-blooded reptilians, or radically different?

· How did the dinosaurs' world change over time?

· How and why did the major dinosaur families become extinct?

The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs presents a spectacularly illustrated tour of the 140-million-year existence id the most exotic and interesting group of animals ever to walk the earth.

About the Author

Gregory S. Paul is one of America's leading dinosaur paleontologist and also a gifted paleo-artist, renowned for his anatomical accuracy. He has served as a consultant on Jurassic Park and the Disney film Dinosaurs. His scientific papers have been printed in numerous magazines and journals, and he is the author of several books, including Beyond Humanity and Dinosaurs of the Air.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

Chapter One: Discovering Dinosaurs

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"A Brief History of Dinosaur Paleontology" by Michael Bloom

Chapter Two: Putting Dinosaurs Together: Anatomy, Function, and Reconstruction

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"Digging Them Up" by Daniel J. Chure

"Noses, Lungs, and Guts" by Guy Leahy

"Dinosaurs Biomechanics" by Per Christiansen

"Restoring the Life Appearances of Dinosaurs" by Gregory S. Paul

"A Quick History of Dinosaur Art" by Gregory S. Paul

"The Art of Charles R. Knight" by Gregory S. Paul

"Dinosaurs Got Hurt Too" by Rebecca R. Hanna

Chapter Three: Relationships and Evolution

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"Naming the Dinosaurs" by George Olshevsky

"Classification and Evolution of the Dinosaur Groups" by Tom R. Holtz, Jr.

"The Flying Dinosaur" by Andrzej Elzanowski

"Feathered Dinosaurs" by Philip J. Currie

"The Origin of Birds and Their Flight" by Kevin Padian and Luis M. Chiappe

Chapter Four: The Dinosaurs' World

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"The Evolution of Mesozoic Flora and Fauna" by David Norman

Chapter Five: Dinosaur Behavior

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"Tracking Dinosaur Society" by James O. Farlow

"Tracking a Dinosaur Attack" by David A. Thomas and James O. Farlow

"Feeding Adaptations in the Dinosauria" by David Norman

"Breathing Life into Tyrannosaurus Rex" by Gregory M. Erickson

"The Teeth of the Tyrannosaurus" by William L. Abler

"Reproduction and Parenting" by David J. Varrichio

Chapter Six: Dinosaur Bioenergetics

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"Growth Rates Among the Dinosaurs" by Kristina Curry Rogers

"The Thermodynamics of Dinosaurs" by Reese Barrick

"Australia's Polar Dinosaurs" by Thomas Rich, Patricia Vicker-Rich, Anusuya Chimsamy, Andrew Constantine, and Timothy Flannery

"Dinosaur Renaissance" by Robert Bakker

Chapter Seven: What Caused the Mass Extinction?

Introduction by Gregory S. Paul

"An Extraterrestrial Impact" by Walter Alvarez and Frank Asaro

"A Volcanic Eruption" by Vincent E. Courtillot

"The Mass Extinctions of the Late Mesozoic"

"The Yucatan Impact and Related Matters" by Gregory S. Paul

Chapter Eight: The Paleofuture

"Hi-Tech Trends and Robotic Brains" by Gregory S. Paul

Appendix A: Skeletal Gallery

Appendix B: Suggeested Readings

Author Biographies

Art and Photography Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312310080
Editor:
Paul, Gregory S.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Editor:
Paul, Gregory S.
Editor:
Paul, Gregory
Author:
Paul, Gregory
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Dinosaurs
Subject:
Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Subject:
Paleontology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Byron Preiss Book
Series Volume:
v. 28, 28A
Publication Date:
20030422
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 50 bandw photos throughout plus
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.50 x 1.00 in

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The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs is a startling definitive look at the monsters of the Mesozoic era. It provides a complete portrait of their existence, including how they evolved, what they looked like, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died.

Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologist detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored such as:

· Are birds living descendants of dinosaurs?

· Were dinosaurs sluggish cold-blooded reptilians, or radically different?

· How did the dinosaurs' world change over time?

· How and why did the major dinosaur families become extinct?

The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs presents a spectacularly illustrated tour of the 140-million-year existence id the most exotic and interesting group of animals ever to walk the earth.

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