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Prothero, Donald R.

Works: 98 works in 405 publications in 2 languages and 19,235 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Textbooks  Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Donald R Prothero
Evolution : what the fossils say and why it matters by Donald R Prothero( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution, and yet it continues to come under attack by present-day creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design for not supporting the theory of biological evolution. With this engaging and richly illustrated book, leading paleontologist Donald R. Prothero sets the record straight." "Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creation-ism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from early primates to Homo sapiens, Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and the controversy among contemporary scientists over the mechanisms of evolution."--Jacket
Abominable science! : origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and other famous cryptids by Daniel Loxton( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world
The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution by Donald R Prothero( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every fossil tells a story. Prothero recounts the adventures behind the discovery of twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils and explains their significance within the larger fossil record, creating a riveting history of life on our planet
Catastrophes! : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other earth-shattering disasters by Donald R Prothero( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the Earth, and a humbling view of our future. The author, a paleontologist and a geologist tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events. He describes in detail some of the most important natural disasters in history: the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1811-1812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people; the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Nevado del Ruiz. His explanations of the forces that caused these disasters accompany accounts of terrifying human experiences and a staggering loss of human life. Floods that wash out whole regions, earthquakes that level a single country, hurricanes that destroy everything in their path, all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world. Photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the devastation wrought by these events, and the people that are caught up in the Earth's relentless forces
Reality check : how science deniers threaten our future by Donald R Prothero( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country, all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, the author explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientific community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. He argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes, and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented.--[Source inconnue]
After the dinosaurs : the age of mammals by Donald R Prothero( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perhaps nudged over the evolutionary cliff by a giant boloid striking the Earth, the incredible and fascinating group of animals called dinosaurs (except for their feathered descendants) became extinct some 65 million years ago. In their place evolved an enormous variety of land creatures, especially the mammals, which in their way were every bit as remarkable as their Mesozoic cousins." "The Age of Mammals, the Cenozoic Era, has never had its Jurassic Park, but it was an amazing time in Earth's history, populated by a wonderful assortment of bizarre animals. The rapid evolution of thousands of species of mammals brought forth gigantic hornless rhinos, sabertooth cats, mastodonts and mammoths, and many other creatures - including our own ancestors."
Sedimentary geology : an introduction to sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy by Donald R Prothero( Book )

38 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Eocene-Oligocene transition : paradise lost by Donald R Prothero( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution of the earth by Robert H Dott( Book )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution of the Earth reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth historians, what kinds of evidence (and tools for gathering that evidence), and what processes of reasoning and limitations of hypotheses are involved in reconstructing and interpreting the past. Each chapter begins with a list of highlights entitled "Major Concepts". Many chapters have a summary timeline that puts the entire sequence of events into a quick visual reference frame. The use of dioramas and reconstructions of extinct animals and plants has been greatly expanded, so that students can get a more vivid concept of typical life in any part of the geologic past. In many places, the authors have supplied a full page of color photos of classic fossils from each period to improve the visual recognition of the organisms that give life its distinctive history. The areas of hottest controversy, such as mass extinctions, dinosaur endothermy, the origin of life, and controversies over late Proterozoic tectonics and glaciation, have been given separate sections so that students can appreciate the different sides of the debates
Bringing fossils to life : an introduction to paleobiology by Donald R Prothero( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The leading textbook in its field, this work applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics. Written for biology and geology undergrads, the text bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and solely descriptive invertebrate paleobiology books, emphasizing the cataloguing of live organisms over dead objects. This third edition revises art and research throughout, expands the coverage of invertebrates, includes a discussion of new methodologies, and adds a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life."--Provided by publisher
Horns, tusks, and flippers : the evolution of hoofed mammals by Donald R Prothero( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero and Schoch also update the evolutionary history of the horse, correcting the frequent errors made in textbooks and popular works, and they make available to the general public new evidence about the evolution of camels, horned antelopes, and cattle. In addition, they raise important conservation issues and relate anecdotes of significant fossil finds." "Scientifically accurate, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns Tusks, and Flippers is a much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology, zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, as well as for general readers interested in learning more about the story of life on earth."--Jacket
Greenhouse of the dinosaurs : evolution, extinction, and the future of our planet by Donald R Prothero( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Donald Prothero links the climate changes that have occurred over the past 200 million years to their effects on plants and animals. In particular, he contrasts the extinctions that ended the Cretaceous period, which wiped out the dinosaurs, with those of the later Eocene and Oligocene epochs." "Prothero begins with the "greenhouse of the dinosaurs," the global-warming episode that dominated the Age of Dinosaurs and the early Age of Mammals. He describes the remarkable creatures that once populated Earth and draws on his experiences collecting fossils in the Big Badlands of South Dakota to sketch their world. Prothero then discusses the growth of the first Antarctic glaciers, which marked the Eocene-Oligocene transition, and shares his own anecdotes of excavations and controversies among colleagues that have shaped our understanding of the contemporary and prehistoric world. The volume concludes with observations about Nisqually Glacier and other locations that show how global warming is happening much quicker than previously predicted, irrevocably changing the balance of Earth's thermostat."--Jacket
Interpreting the stratigraphic record by Donald R Prothero( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eocene-Oligocene climatic and biotic evolution by Donald R Prothero( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transition from the Eocene to the Oligocene epochs was the most significant event in earth history since the extinction of dinosaurs. As the first Antarctic ice sheets appeared, major extinctions and faunal turnovers took place on the land and in the sea, eliminating forms adapted to a tropical world and replacing them with the ancestors of most of our modern animal and plant life. Through a detailed study of climatic conditions and of organisms buried in Eocene-Oligocene sediments, this volume shows that the separation of Antarctica from Australia was a critical factor in changing oceanic circulation and ultimately world climate. In this book forty-eight leading scientists examine the full range of Eocene and Oligocene phenomena. Their articles cover nearly every major group of organisms in the ocean and on land and include evidence from paleontology, stable isotopes, sedimentology, seismology, and computer climatic modeling. The volume concludes with an update of the geochronologic framework of the late Paleogene.Originally published in 1992.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
From greenhouse to icehouse : the Marine Eocene-Oligocene Transition( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of artiodactyls( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artiodactyls are diverse and successful hoofed mammals, represented by nearly two hundred living species of pigs, peccaries, hippos, camels, deer, sheep, cattle, giraffes, and other even-toed ungulates. In the last five years, a tremendous amount of research has been conducted on this important order. The Evolution of Artiodactyls synthesizes this research into a single, comprehensive volume. Here Donald R. Prothero, Scott E. Foss, and a team of distinguished international experts explore evolutionary topics and trends among all living artiodactyl families as well as many that are extinct. They also discuss the molecular phylogeny of terrestrial artiodactyls; phylogenetic relationships of cetaceans to terrestrial artiodactyls, and the earliest artiodactyls -- Diacodexidae, Dichobunidae, Homacodontidae, Leptochoeridae, and Raoellidae. A landmark reference, The Evolution of Artiodactyls belongs on the library shelf of every paleontologist, mammalogist, and evolutionary biologist
UFOs, chemtrails, and aliens : what science says by Donald R Prothero( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

UFOs. Aliens. Strange crop circles. Giant figures scratched in the desert surface along the coast of Peru. The amazing alignment of the pyramids. Strange lines of clouds in the sky. The paranormal is alive and well in the American cultural landscape. In UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens, Donald R. Prothero and Tim Callahan explore why such demonstrably false beliefs thrive despite decades of education and scientific debunking. Employing the ground rules of science and the standards of scientific evidence, Prothero and Callahan discuss a wide range of topics including the reliability of eyewitness testimony, psychological research into why people want to believe in aliens and UFOs, and the role conspiratorial thinking plays in UFO culture. They examine a variety of UFO sightings and describe the standards of evidence used to determine whether UFOs are actual alien spacecraft. Finally, they consider our views of aliens and the strong cultural signals that provide the shapes and behaviors of these beings. While their approach is firmly based in science, Prothero and Callahan also share their personal experiences of Area 51, Roswell, and other legendary sites, creating a narrative that is sure to engross both skeptics and believers
Giants of the Lost world : dinosaurs and other extinct monsters of South America by Donald R Prothero( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution, biology, and discovery of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that lived in South America. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost world
The Princeton field guide to prehistoric mammals by Donald R Prothero( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. This book is an illustrated field guide to the lost world of these prehistoric creatures. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals, discussing taxonomy and evolutionary history, and providing concise accounts of the better-known genera and species as well as an up-to-date family tree for each group. Illustrated throughout with full-color reconstructions and photographs of fossils from around the world
Rhinoceros giants : the paleobiology of Indricotheres by Donald R Prothero( Book )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, this book introduces the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals inhabited Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 6 feet long, stood 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians. Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died
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Evolution : what the fossils say and why it matters
Alternative Names
Donald Prothero American paleontologist, geologist, and author

Donald Prothero Amerikaans paleontoloog

Prothero, Donald

Prothero, Donald 1954-

Prothero, Donald R.

Prothero, Donald Ross 1954-

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Catastrophes! : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other earth-shattering disastersAfter the dinosaurs : the age of mammalsSedimentary geology : an introduction to sedimentary rocks and stratigraphyEvolution of the earthBringing fossils to life : an introduction to paleobiologyHorns, tusks, and flippers : the evolution of hoofed mammalsGreenhouse of the dinosaurs : evolution, extinction, and the future of our planetEocene-Oligocene climatic and biotic evolution