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The Scientific American book of dinosaurs
Paul, Gregory S.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

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vii, 424 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
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"A Byron Preiss book."
A brief history of dinosaur paleontology / by Michael Benton -- Digging them up / by Daniel J. Chure -- Noses, lungs, and guts / by Guy Leahy -- Dinosaur biomechanics / by Per Christiansen -- Restoring the life appearances of dinosaurs ; A quick history of dinosaur art ; The art of Charles R. Knight / by Gregory S. Paul -- Dinosaurs got hurt too / by Rebecca R. Hanna -- Naming the dinosaurs / by George Olshevsky -- Classification and evolution of the dinosaur groups / by Tom R. Holtz, Jr. -- The flying dinosaurs / by Andrzej Elzanowski -- Feathered dinosaurs / by Philip J. Currie -- The origin of birds and their flight / by Kevin Padian and Luis M. Chiappe -- The evolution of Mesozoic flora and fauna / by David Norman -- Tracking dinosaur society / by James O. Farlow -- Tracking a dinosaur attack / by David A. Thomas and James O. Farlow -- Feeding adaptations in the dinosauria / by David Norman -- Breathing life into Tryannosaurus Rex / by Gregory M. Erickson -- The teeth of the Tyrannosaurs / by William L. Abler -- Reproduction and parenting / by David J. Varricchio -- Growth rates among the dinosaurs / by Kristina Curry Rogers -- The thermodynamics of dinosaurs / by Reese Barrick -- Australia's polar dinosaurs / by Thomas Hewitt Rich ... <et al.> -- Dinosaur renaissance / by Robert Bakker -- An extraterrestrial impact / by Walter Alvarez and Frank Asaro -- A volcanic eruption / by Vincent E. Courtillot -- The mass extinctions of the late Mesozoic / by Dale Russell -- The Yucatan impact and related matters ; Hi-tech trends and robotic brains / by Gregory S. Paul.
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Discover how dinosaurs evolved, how they looked, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died: the current state of knowledge about the Monsters of the Mesozoic, complete in one volume.

Acclaimed dinosaur paleontologist and paleo-artist Gregory S. Paul conducts this definitive tour through the 140-million-year existence of the most exotic and interesting group of animals ever to walk the earth, assisted by the world's leading dinosaur experts.

Here you'll find remarkable stories about the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils, the beginnings of dinosaur paleontology, how the field has changed with modern technology, the most sensational finds, and the latest theories. You'll also explore the answers to such questions as:

- Did dinosaurs have feathers?
- Did dinosaurs fly?
- Were the dinosaurs sluggish, cold-blooded reptilians, or something
radically different?
- What are the different dinosaur families, how were they named,
and how are they related?
- What was the dinosaurs' world like, and how did it change during
their reign?
- Are the birds of today the living descendants of predatory dinosaurs?
- How and why did the major dinosaur famihes become extinct?

Filled with spectacular full-color illustrations of dinosaurs in action, plus black-and-white art and graphics. The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs features the latest information from the field of dinosaur paleontology, presented in a fascinating and accessible format.

You'll never think about dinosaurs the same way again!

Author Notes

Gregory S. Paul is one of America's leading dinosaur paleontologists and also a gifted paleo-artist, renowned for his anatomical accuracy. He has served as a consultant on Jurassic Park and the Disney film Dinosaurs. His scientific papers have been printed in numerous magazines and journals, and he is the author of several books

Table of Contents

Gregory S. PaulGregory S. PaulMichael BentonGregory S. PaulDaniel J. ChureGuy LeahyPer ChristiansenGregory S. PaulGregory S. PaulGregory S. PaulRebecca R. HannaGregory S. PaulGeorge OlshevskyTom R. Holtz, Jr.Andrzej ElzanowskiPhilip J. CurrieKevin Padian and Luis M. ChiappeGregory S. PaulDavid NormanGregory S. PaulJames O. FarlowDavid A. Thomas and James O. FarlowDavid NormanGregory M. EricksonWilliam L. AblerDavid J. VarricchioGregory S. PaulKristina Curry RogersReese BarrickThomas Hewitt Rich and Patricia Vicker-Rich and Anusuya Chimsamy and Andrew Constantine and Timothy FlanneryRobert BakkerGregory S. PaulWalter Alvarez and Frank AsaroVincent E. CourtillotDale RussellGregory S. PaulGregory S. Paul
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Discovering Dinosaurs
Introductionp. 9
A Brief History of Dinosaur Paleontologyp. 10
Chapter 2 Putting Dinosaurs Together: Anatomy, Function, and Reconstruction
Introductionp. 45
Digging Them Upp. 46
Noses, Lungs, and Gutsp. 52
Dinosaur Biomechanicsp. 64
Restoring the Life Appearances of Dinosaursp. 78
A Quick History of Dinosaur Artp. 107
The Art of Charles R. Knightp. 113
Dinosaurs Got Hurt Toop. 119
Chapter 3 Relationships and Evolution
Introductionp. 127
Naming the Dinosaursp. 128
Classification and Evolution of the Dinosaur Groupsp. 140
The Flying Dinosaursp. 169
Feathered Dinosaursp. 183
The Origin of Birds and Their Flightp. 190
Chapter 4 The Dinosaurs' World
Introductionp. 203
The Evolution of Mesozoic Flora and Faunap. 204
Chapter 5 Dinosaur Behavior
Introductionp. 231
Tracking Dinosaur Societyp. 232
Tracking a Dinosaur Attackp. 242
Feeding Adaptations in the Dinosauriap. 249
Breathing Life into Tryannosaurus Rexp. 267
The Teeth of the Tyrannosaursp. 276
Reproduction and Parentingp. 279
Chapter 6 Dinosaur Bioenergetics
Introductionp. 295
Growth Rates Among the Dinosaursp. 297
The Thermodynamics of Dinosaursp. 310
Australia's Polar Dinosaursp. 323
Dinosaur Renaissancep. 331
Chapter 7 What Caused the Mass Extinction?
Introductionp. 345
An Extraterrestrial Impactp. 346
A Volcanic Eruptionp. 358
The Mass Extinctions of the Late Mesozoicp. 370
The Yucatan Impact and Related Mattersp. 381
Chapter 8 The Paleofuture
Hi-Tech Trends and Robotic Brainsp. 391
Appendix A Skeletal Galleryp. 399
Appendix B Suggested Readingsp. 407
Author Biographiesp. 415
Art and Photography Creditsp. 421