Synopses & Reviews
"... a brilliant combination of imagination and science--and one of the best popular science books of the year." --Library Journal (starred review)
Presented with clarity and wit, Carpenter's exploration offers the very latest information on dinosaur eggs, hatchlings and babies, as well as a detailed look at dinosaur courtship, mating, nests, and physical development. Included: an extensive directory of dinosaur egg and baby discovery sites.
"Overall, a fine addition to libraries serving the public." --D. Bardack, University of Illinois at Chicago, Choice, September 2000 Indiana University Press
A dinosaur paleontologist with the Denver Museum of Natural History, Carpenter synthesizes for general readers the considerable that is known or highly suspected about dinosaur reproduction. He explains how the microscopic structure of the egg's shell reveals how the egg was made, the pattern of eggs in a clutch illuminates early development, and ornamental structure of adults suggest mating rituals.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-323) and index.
About the Author
Kenneth Carpenter is an authority on dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine reptiles and is affiliated with the Denver Museum of Natural History. He has edited important collections of papers dealing with dinosaurs, including Dinosaur Systematics: Approaches and Perspectives (with Philip J. Currie).
Table of Contents
1. First Discoveries
2. Where to Find Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
3. Which Came First, the Lizard or the Egg?
4. The Mating Game
5. How Dinosaurs Did It
6. Making an Egg
7. Eggs as Fossils
8. How to Study a Fossil Egg
9. What's in a Name?
10. The Nest
11. The Embryo and Hatchling
12. Baby Grows Up
13. Eggs and the Death of Dinosaurs