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The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 320
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    The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs
    Book Description:

    This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. It presents thorough descriptions of more than 735 dinosaur species and features more than 600 color and black-and-white images, including unique skeletal drawings, "life" studies, and scenic views--illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.

    Heavily illustrated species accounts of the major dinosaur groups are preceded by an extensive introduction that covers dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of dinosaur paleontology--and that also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs.

    The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaursis a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist.

    The first authoritative field guide to dinosaursCovers more than 735 speciesBeautiful, large-format volumeLavishly illustrated throughout, with more than 600 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including:More than 130 color life studies, including scenic viewsClose to 450 skeletal, skull, head, and muscle drawings8 color paleo-distribution mapsColor timelineDescribes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3615-4
    Subjects: Paleontology, Zoology, Biological Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-5)
    (pp. 6-6)
    (pp. 9-65)

    Dinosaur remains have been found by humans for millennia and probably helped form the basis for belief in mythical beasts including dragons. A few dinosaur bones were illustrated in old European publications without their true nature being realized. In the West the claim in the Genesis creation story that the planet and all life were formed just two thousand years before the pyramids were built hindered the scientific study of fossils. At the beginning of the 1800s the numerous three-toed trackways found in New England were attributed to big birds. By the early 1800s the growing geological evidence that Earth’s...

  5. Group and Species Accounts
    (pp. 66-316)

    ANATOMICAL CHARACTERISTICS Erect leg posture achieved by cylindrical femoral head fitting into a perforated hip socket and a simple hinge-jointed ankle. All are hindlimb dominant in that legs are either sole locomotary organs in walking and running and/or are more strongly built than arms. Hands and feet digitigrade with wrist and ankle held clear of ground. Trackways show that when quadrupedal, hands always at least as far or further apart from midline as feet, never hopped, and tail normally held clear of ground. Body scales, when known and present, form a nonoverlapping mosaic pattern.

    ONTOGENY Probably all laid hard-shelled eggs...

    (pp. 316-316)
  7. INDEX
    (pp. 317-320)