Category: Paleontology

Download The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul PDF

By Gregory S. Paul

This lavishly illustrated quantity is the 1st authoritative dinosaur booklet within the sort of a box consultant. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul presents entire visible and textual insurance of the nice Mesozoic animals that gave upward push to the residing dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the hot discoveries and study which are greatly reworking what we all know approximately dinosaurs, this booklet is special either by means of its clinical accuracy and the standard and volume of its illustrations. It provides thorough descriptions of greater than 735 dinosaur species and contours greater than six hundred colour and black-and-white photos, together with specific skeletal drawings, ''life'' experiences, and scenic views--illustrations that depict the whole diversity of dinosaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.

seriously illustrated species money owed of the main dinosaur teams are preceded by means of an in depth advent that covers dinosaur heritage and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the foundation of birds, and the heritage of dinosaur paleontology--and that still provides a flavor of what it would be wish to commute again to the time of the dinosaurs.

The Princeton box consultant to Dinosaurs is a must have for an individual who loves dinosaurs, from the novice fanatic to the pro paleontologist.

  • The first authoritative box advisor to dinosaurs
  • Covers greater than 735 species
  • Beautiful, large-format quantity
  • Lavishly illustrated all through, with greater than six hundred colour and black-and-white drawings and figures, together with:
    • More than one hundred thirty colour existence reviews, together with scenic perspectives
    • Close to 450 skeletal, cranium, head, and muscle drawings
    • 8 colour paleo-distribution maps
    • Color timeline
  • Describes anatomy, body structure, locomotion, replica, and development of dinosaurs, in addition to the starting place of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs

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Download Vertebrate Paleontology by Michael Benton PDF

By Michael Benton

An introductory textual content delivering a readable and updated remedy of the heritage of vertebrates. in accordance with the author's mixed educating and examine, the publication presents a unified account of the full variety of vertebrate teams and provides new strains of study in palaeobiology and phylogeny. The contents persist with a classical time-evolutionary series and subject matters are prepared in this kind of method that easy morphological and palaentological details alternates with distinct topics. The booklet covers all of the major steps within the evolution of the vertebrate teams and provides samples of the newest analyses of palaeoecology, useful morphology, including present critiques on evolutionary premiums and cladistics. Chordate origins and the looks of early fish are handled within the establishing chapters, and the publication maintains with the advance and radiation of amphibians, early reptiles and reptiles of the Triassic interval. The later variety and variations of fish are defined prior to top into the age of dinosaurs. The ebook progresses via describing the evolution of birds and mammals, and concludes with a presentation of the most recent details on human evolution. The textual content is totally supported through many especially ready illustrations and images of specimens, reconstructions and scenes. A impressive function of the paintings is that it additionally outlines a number of the key study difficulties during this box and offers an advent to a extensive diversity of present analytical methods which have been followed by way of scientists through the international. The paintings is bound to be of worth to scholars of zoology and geology, and may manage to pay for clean insights into the most difficult and contentious fields of clinical examine.

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Download The Complete Dinosaur (Life of the Past) (2nd Edition) by Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, James O. Farlow, PDF

By Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, James O. Farlow, Bob Walters

What can we learn about dinosaurs, and the way can we are aware of it? How did dinosaurs develop, circulate, consume, and reproduce? have been they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How clever have been they? How are a few of the teams of dinosaurs regarding one another, and to different kinds of residing and extinct vertebrates? What can the examine of dinosaurs let us know concerning the strategy of evolution? And why did usual dinosaurs develop into extinct? All of those questions, and extra, are addressed within the new, improved, moment version of The whole Dinosaur. Written by means of some of the world's prime specialists at the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book’s forty five chapters conceal what we've got discovered approximately dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the latest controversies. the place clinical competition exists, the editors have enable the specialists conform to disagree. Copiously illustrated and available to all readers from the enthusiastic novice to the main realized expert paleontologist, the full Dinosaur is a dinner party for critical dinosaur fanatics everywhere.

Praise for the 1st edition:

"A reward to critical dinosaur enthusiasts" —Science

"The volume of knowledge in [these] pages is astounding. This e-book can be at the cabinets of dinosaur freaks in addition to those that want to know extra concerning the paleobiology of extinct animals. it will likely be a useful library reference." —American Reference Books Annual

"An very good encyclopedia that serves as a pleasant bridge among well known and scholarly dinosaur literature." —Library magazine (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the ebook unearths dinos in the course of the fractious fields that make a learn of them." —Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair corporation for chilly wintry weather evenings.... better of all, the ebook treats dinosaurs as highbrow fun." —New Scientist

"The publication comes in handy either as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." —Natural History

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Download The Carnivorous Dinosaurs (Life of the Past) by Kenneth Carpenter PDF

By Kenneth Carpenter

The meat-eating dinosaurs, or Theropoda, contain many of the fiercest predators that ever lived. a number of the group's participants live to tell the tale to this day—as birds. The theropod/bird connection has been explored in different contemporary works, yet this booklet offers 17 papers on a number of different themes. it really is prepared into 3 components. half I explores morphological information which are very important for knowing theropod systematics. half II makes a speciality of particular areas of theropod anatomy and biomechanics. half III examines a number of traces of proof that show anything approximately theropods as residing creatures.The individuals are Ronan Allain, Rinchen Barsbold, Kenneth chippie, Karen Cloward, Rodolfo A. Coria, Philip J. Currie, Peter M. Galton, Robert homosexual, Donald M. Henderson, Dong Huang, James I. Kirkland, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Eva B. Koppelhus, Peter Larson, Junchang Lü, Lorrie A. McWhinney, Clifford Miles, Ralph E. Molnar, N. Murphy, John H. Ostrom, Gregory S. Paul, Licheng Qiu,J. Keith Rigby, Jr., Bruce Rothschild, Christopher B. Ruff, Leonardo Salgado, Frank Sanders, Julia T. Sankey, Judith A. Schiebout, David ok. Smith, Barbara R. Standhardt, Kathy Stokosa, Darren H. Tanke, François Therrien, David Trexler, Kelly Wicks, Douglas G. Wolfe, and Lowell wooden.

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Download Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey PDF

By Richard Fortey

In Earth, the acclaimed writer of Trilobite! and Life takes us on a grand travel of the earth's actual prior, exhibiting how the historical past of plate tectonics is etched within the panorama round us.

Beginning with Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption in Roman instances helped spark the technological know-how of geology, and finishing in a lab within the West of britain the place mathematical versions and lab experiments substitute direct remark, Richard Fortey tells us what the current says approximately old geologic strategies. He exhibits how plate tectonics got here to rule the geophysical panorama and the way the facts is written within the hills and within the stones. And within the method, he's taking us on a superb trip all over the world to go to one of the most interesting and fascinating spots at the planet.

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Download Primate Origins - Adaptations and Evolution by Matthew J. Ravosa, Marian Dagosto PDF

By Matthew J. Ravosa, Marian Dagosto

The objectives of this quantity are twofold. First, it goals to supply a unique specialise in adaptive reasons for cranial and postcranial positive aspects and sensible complexes, socioecological structures, existence historical past styles, and so on. in early primates. moment, it goals to supply a close rendering of the phylogenetic affinities of such basal taxa to later primate clades in addition to to different early/recent mammalian orders. hence, as well as the strictly paleontological or systemic questions concerning Primate Origins, the editors plan to pay attention to the adaptive importance of primate features. those questions are top approached via either paleontological and neontological comparative learn on quite a few primate and non-primate fabrics. the amount is well timed since it capitalizes on an expanding and demanding measure of novel self sufficient museum, box and laboratory dependent learn on some of the very important striking concerns concerning primate origins. moreover, by means of intergrating the sort of disparate resources of experimental, comparative, paleontological, ecological and molecular details right into a unmarried edited quantity, it offers the broadest attainable standpoint on early primate phylogeny and the adaptive forte of the Order Primates.

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Download Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in by Terry Harrison (auth.), Terry Harrison (eds.) PDF

By Terry Harrison (auth.), Terry Harrison (eds.)

This quantity 2 and its better half quantity 1 current the result of new investigations into the geology, paleontology and paleoecology of the early hominin website of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. the positioning is likely one of the most vital paleontological and paleoanthropological websites in Africa, worldrenowned for the invention of fossils of the early hominin Australopithecus afarensis, in addition to amazing trails of its footprints. the 1st quantity presents new facts at the geology, geochronology, ecology, ecomorphology and taphonomy of the location. the second one quantity describes newly came across fossil hominins from Laetoli, belonging to Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus aethiopicus, and provides exact info at the systematics and paleobiology of the various linked fauna. jointly, those contributions supply the most accomplished money owed of a fossil hominin website, they usually provide vital new insights into the early phases of human evolution and its context.

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Download Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives by Katerina Harvati, Terry Harrison PDF

By Katerina Harvati, Terry Harrison

Recent years have witnessed intriguing and significant clinical breakthroughs within the research of Neanderthals and their position in human evolution that have reworked our appreciation of this group’s paleobiology and evolution. This quantity offers state of the art learn through best scientists re-examining the main debates in Neanderthal examine with using leading edge state-of-the artwork equipment and fascinating new theoretical techniques.

Topics addressed contain the second look of Neanderthal anatomy, inferred diversifications and routine actions, developmental styles, phylogenetic relationships, and the Neanderthal extinction; new equipment contain desktop tomography, 3D geometric morphometrics, old DNA and bioenergetics. the various contributions provide clean insights and advances in Neanderthal and smooth human origins research.

This is a quantity in The Max-Planck-Institute Subseries in Human Evolution coordinated through Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, division of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany

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Download Taphonomy: A Process Approach by Ronald E. Martin PDF

By Ronald E. Martin

This booklet deals a accomplished assessment of the complete box of taphonomy, the technological know-how of fossil upkeep. It describes the formation of plant and animal fossils in oceanic, terrestrial and river settings and the way this impacts decoding the ecology and extinction of prior lifeforms and the environments within which they lived. insurance emphasizes a technique method of the topic and stories the taphonomic habit of all vital taxa, either plant and animal. The e-book should be of major curiosity to complex scholars and pros operating in paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, weather modeling and biogeochemistry. it is going to additionally entice someone attracted to the upkeep of fossils and the formation of fossil assemblages.

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