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Prothero, Donald R.

Overview
Works: 97 works in 271 publications in 1 language and 10,055 library holdings
Genres: Textbooks  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: QE28.3, 551.7
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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 )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,258 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 )
7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Loxton and Prothero complete an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on demonstrably false phenomena, presenting both the arguments for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience perpetuating their myths
Greenhouse of the dinosaurs : evolution, extinction, and the future of our planet by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 806 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
Catastrophes! : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other earth-shattering disasters by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 709 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
After the dinosaurs : the age of mammals by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 608 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."
The Eocene-Oligocene transition : paradise lost by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evolution of the earth by Robert H Dott ( Book )
28 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 516 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 )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 481 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 dis
Sedimentary geology : an introduction to sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
19 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reality check : how science deniers threaten our future by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 447 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
Horns, tusks, and flippers : the evolution of hoofed mammals by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 437 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
Interpreting the stratigraphic record by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From greenhouse to icehouse : the Marine Eocene-Oligocene Transition ( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eocene-Oligocene climatic and biotic evolution ( Book )
7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Evolution of perissodactyls ( Book )
9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The evolution of artiodactyls ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 296 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
The terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene transition in North America ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
D. R. Prothero and R. J. Emry
Earth : portrait of a planet by Stephen Marshak ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
CD-ROM contains: Animations -- Self-tests -- Crossword puzzles -- Feature articles
The evolution of North American rhinoceroses by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book includes a systematic review of the entire family of North American Rhinocerotidae, with complete descriptions, measurements, and figures of every known bone in every species - the first such review in over a century. More importantly it discusses the biogeographic patterns of rhinos, their evolutionary patterns and paleoecology, and what rhinos tell us about the evolution of North American landscapes and faunas over 35 million years."--BOOK JACKET
Rhinoceros giants : the paleobiology of Indricotheres by Donald R Prothero ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 158 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 d
 
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Prothero, Donald
Prothero, Donald R.
Prothero, Donald Ross, 1954-
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