The Complete Dinosaur (Life of the Past)

The Complete Dinosaur (Life of the Past)

James O. Farlow, Bob Walters

Language: English

Pages: 1128

ISBN: 0253357012

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" ―Science

"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

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." ―Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." ―Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." ―New Scientist

"The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." ―Natural History

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 paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.











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end of the Early Triassic, but these could have also been made by close relatives to the dinosaurs like Marasuchus. In the Middle and Late Triassic, most described archosaurs belonged to the Crocodylotarsi, a confusing and, until recently, little-known group (Benton and Clark 1988; Parrish 1993). The most primitive crocodylotarsans are represented by a group that is not abundant until the Late Triassic, during which they are among the most common of archosaur fossils. The Parasuchia, or

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teeth that lacked coarse, upwardly angled serrations. These were clearly not efficient at processing vegetation, nor were they effective in dealing with flesh, but they would have been ideal for piercing insect and other arthropod cuticles as well as for coarsely shredding soft vegetable matter such as fleshy reproductive structures and new shoots. The powerful forelimb may have been an excellent adaptation for stripping bark, opening rotten logs, turning stones, and digging while foraging for

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