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Dinosaurs

A Concise Natural History

3rd edition

David E. Fastovsky, University of Rhode Island, David B. Weishampel, The Johns Hopkins University
Illustrated by John Sibbick
Textbook
The ideal textbook for non-science majors, this lively and engaging introduction encourages students to ask questions, assess data critically and think like a scientist. Building on the success of the previous editions, Dinosaurs has been reorganised and extensively rewritten in response to instructor and student feedback. It continues to make science accessible and relevant through its clear explanations and extensive illustrations. Updated to reflect recent fossil discoveries and to include new taxa, the text guides students through the dinosaur groups,…
Frontmatter
pp i-iv
Contents
pp v-viii
Preface to the third edition
pp ix-xiv
Dedication
pp xv-xv
PART I - REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST
pp 1-5
1 - To catch a dinosaur
pp 6-23
2 - Dinosaur days
pp 24-42
3 - Who's related to whom – and how do we know?
pp 43-58
4 - Who are the Dinosaurs?
pp 59-81
5 - Dinosaurs: in the beginning
pp 82-103
PART II - SAURISCHIA: MEAT, MIGHT AND MAGNITUDE
pp 104-107
6 - Theropoda I: nature red in tooth and claw
pp 108-141
7 - Theropoda II: meet the theropods
pp 142-166
8 - Theropoda III: the origin and early evolution of birds
pp 167-193
9 - Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic
pp 194-225
PART III - ORNITHISCHIA: ARMORED, HORNED, AND DUCK-BILLED DINOSAUR
pp 226-237
10 - Thyreophorans: the armor-bearers
pp 238-265
11 - Marginocephalia: bumps, bosses, and beaks
pp 266-299
12 - Ornithopoda: mighty Mesozoic masticators
pp 300-323
PART IV - ENDOTHERMY, ENDEMISM, AND EXTINCTION
pp 324-327
13 - Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot
pp 328-354
14 - The flowering of the Mesozoic
pp 355-378
15 - A history of paleontology through ideas
pp 379-412
16 - The Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction: the frill is gone
pp 413-446
Glossary
pp 447-462
Figure credits
pp 463-466
Index of subjects
pp 467-472
Index of genera
pp 473-477
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Online ISBN: 9781316471623
Published online: 01 February 2019
Hardback ISBN: 9781107135376
Hardback publication date: 22 December 2016
Paperback ISBN: 9781316501153
Paperback publication date: 26 January 2017

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