The Complete Dinosaur

Author(s): Michael K. Brett-Surman


What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates? What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did typical dinosaurs become extinct? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book's 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional palaeontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.


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The most thorough and up -to -date survey of dinosaurs available

"Praise for the first edition: "Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." New Scientist "A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts... a highly successful volume." Science "The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." Natural History "The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." American Reference Books Annual

List of Contributors Part One: The Discovery of Dinosaurs 1. Dinosaurs: The Earliest Discoveries / David A. E. Spalding and William A. S. Sarjeant; 2. Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of Dinosaurs / Hugh S. Torrens; 3. European Dinosaur Hunters of the 19th and 20th Centuries / Hans-Dieter Sues; 4. North American Dinosaur Hunters / Edwin H. Colbert, David D. Gillette, and Ralph E. Molnar; 5. The Search for Dinosaurs in Asia / Corwin Sullivan, David W. E. Hone, and Xing Xu; 6. Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. Part Two: The Study of Dinosaurs 7. Hunting for Dinosaur Bones / David D. Gillette; 8. The Osteology of the Dinosaurs / Thomas R. Holtz and M. K. Brett-Surman; 9. Reconstructing the Musculature of Dinosaurs / David W. Dilkes, John R. Hutchinson, Casey M. Holliday, and Lawrence M. Witmer; 10. Dinosaur Paleoneurology / Emily Buchholtz; 11. Taxonomy of the Dinosauria / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and M. K. Brett-Surman; 12. Dinosaurs and Geologic Time / James I. Kirkland and James O. Farlow; 13. Technology and the Study of Dinosaurs / Ralph E. Chapman, Art Andersen, Brent H. Breithaupt, and Neffra A. Matthews; 14. Claws, Scales, Beaks, and Feathers: Molecular Traces in the Fossil Record / Mary Higby Schweitzer and Mark Marshall; 15. Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits / Kenneth Carpenter; 16. Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals / Douglas Henderson Part Three: The Clades of Dinosaurs 17. Evolution of the Archosaurs / J. Michael Parrish; 18. Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs / Michael J. Benton; 19. Theropods / Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.; 20. Birds / Darren Naish; 21. Basal Sauropodomorpha: The "Prosauropods" / Adam Yates; 22. Sauropoda / Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers; 23. Stegosaurs / Peter M. Galton; 24. Ankylosaurs / Kenneth Carpenter; 25. Marginocephalia / Peter Makovicky; 26. Ornithopods / Richard J. Butler and Paul M. Barrett Part Four: Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs 27. Land Plants as a Source of Food and Environment in the Age of Dinosaurs / Bruce H. Tiffney; 28. What Did Dinosaurs Eat: Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets / Karen Chin; 29. Reproductive Biology of Dinosaurs / Terry D. Jones and Nicholas R. Geist; 30. Dinosaur Eggs / Darla K. Zelenitsky, John R. Horner, and Francois Therrien; 31. How Dinosaurs Grew/ R. E. H. Reid; 32. Engineering a Dinosaur / Donald Henderson; 33. Disease in Dinosaurs / Elizabeth Rega; 34. The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints / James O. Farlow, Ralph E. Chapman, Brent Breithaupt, and Neffra Matthews; 35. The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution / Kenneth J. McNamara and John A. Long; 36. Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs and Early Birds / John A. Ruben, Terry D. Jones, Nicholas R. Geist, Willem J. Hillenius, Amy E. Harwell, and Devon E. Quick; 37. Evidence for Avian-Mammalian Aerobic Capacity and Thermoregulation in Mesozoic Dinosaurs / Gregory S. Paul; 38. "Intermediate" Dinosaurs: The Case Updated / R. E. H. Reid Part Five: Dinosaur Evolution in the Mesozoic 39. Principles of Biogeography / Ralph E. Molnar; 40. Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates / Nicholas C. Fraser; 41. Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapods and Faunal Changes / Hans-Dieter Sues; 42. Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic / Matthew T. Carrano; 43. Dinosaur Extinction: Past and Present Perspectives / J. David Archibald; 44. Life after Death: Dinosaur Fossils in Human Hands / Daniel J. Chure; 45. Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Theory / Kevin Padian and Elizabeth K. Burton Appendix: Dinosaur-Related WWW Sites; Glossary; Index

General Fields

  • : 9780253357014
  • : Overseas
  • : Overseas
  • : June 2012
  • : United States
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael K. Brett-Surman
  • : Hardback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 567.9
  • : 984
  • : 25 colour illustrations, 485 b&w illustrations