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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, emphasising scientific concepts rather than presenting endless facts. It is grounded in the common language of modern evolutionary biology - phylogenetic systematics - so that students examine dinosaurs as professional paleontologists do. The key emerging theme of feathered dinosaurs, and the many implications of feathers, have been integrated throughout the book, highlighted by the inclusion of stunning new photographs in this beautifully illustrated text, now in full colour throughout.
Unlike other introductory books, Dinosaurs is not a list of facts and figures but instead is concept-based, encouraging students to consider dinosaurs as a series of scientific questions to be answered
Addresses the paleontology of dinosaurs exactly as the professionals in the field do, using phylogenetic systematic methods to reconstruct dinosaur relationships
Dinosaurs are brought to life in specially commissioned drawings from the acclaimed dinosaur illustrator, John Sibbick
An accompanying website for instructors contains high-resolution figures, topic question answers and lecture tutorials
Part I. Remembrance of Things Past:
1. To catch a dinosaur
2. Dinosaur days
3. Who's related to whom - and how do we know?
4. Who are the dinosaurs?
5. Dinosaurs: in the beginning
Part II. Saurischia: Meat, Might and Magnitude:
6. Theropoda I: nature red in tooth and claw
7. Theropoda II: meet the theropods
8. Theropoda III: the origin and early evolution of birds
9. Sauropodomorpha: the big, the bizarre, and the majestic
Part III. Ornithischia: Armored, Horned, and Duck-Billed Dinosaur:
10. Thyreophorans: the armor-bearers
11. Marginocephalia: bumps, bosses, and beaks
12. Ornithopoda: mighty masticators of the Mesozoic
Part IV. Endothermy, Endemism, and Extinction:
13. Dinosaur thermoregulation: some like it hot
14. The flowering of the Mesozoic
15. A history of paleontology through ideas
16. The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction: the frill is gone
Index of subjects
Index of genera.