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Dinosaurs : a concise natural history

Author: David E Fastovsky; David B Weishampel
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Updated with the material that instructors want, Dinosaurs continues to make science exciting and understandable to non-science majors through its narrative of scientific concepts rather than endless facts. Now with new material on pterosaurs, an expanded section of the evolution of the dinosaurs, and new photographs to help students engage with geology, natural history, and evolution. The authors ground the text  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Fastovsky; David B Weishampel
ISBN: 9781107010796 1107010799 9780521282376 0521282373
OCLC Number: 780334067
Description: xvi, 408 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Why a natural history of dinosaurs? --
pt. 1. Reaching back in time. To catch a dinosaur ; Dinosaur days ; Who's related to whom --
and how do we know? ; Who are the dinosaurs? --
pt. 2. Ornithischia : armored, horned, and duckbilled dinosaurs. Thyreophorans : the armor-bearers ; Marginocephalia : bumps, bosses, and beaks ; Ornithopoda : the tuskers, antelopes and "mighty ducks" of the Mesozoic --
pt. 3. Saurischia : meat, might, and magnitude. Sauropodomorpha : the big, the bizarre, and the majestic ; Theropoda. 1, Nature red in tooth and claw ; Theropoda. 2, The origin of birds ; Theropoda. 3, Early birds --
pt. 4. Endothermy, endemism, origin, and extinction. Dinosaur thermoregulation : some like it hot ; The flowering of the Mesozoic ; A history of paleontology through ideas ; Dinosaurs : in the beginning ; The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction : the frill is gone.
Responsibility: David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel ; with illustrations by John Sibbick.
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