Foreword ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii Chapter 1 An Introduction to Dinosaurs 1 Chapter 2 Hard Tissues 29 Chapter 3 Soft Tissues 65 Chapter 4 Phylogeny 88 Chapter 5 Form 117 Chapter 6 Locomotion and Posture 135 Chapter 7 Feeding and Diet 159 Chapter 8 Reproduction, Growth, and Physiology 191 Chapter 9 Paleoecology and Dwelling 227 Chapter 10 Macroevolution and Extinction 242 References 262 Index 309 Plate section between pp. 131 and 132
Stephen Brusatte is a vertebrate paleontologist and PhD student at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on the anatomy, systematics, and evolution of fossil vertebrates, especially theropod dinosaurs. He is particularly interested in the origin of major groups such as dinosaurs, birds, and mammals. Steve is the author of over 40 research papers and three books, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, on BBC Television and NPR, and in many other press outlets.
Anyone serious about learning details of dinosaur biologywould do no better than to read this book. Summing Up: Highlyrecommended. Upper-division undergraduates throughresearchers/faculty; general readers. (Choice,1 November 2012) It is up-to-date, well-researched and the topics areperceptively argued or discussed, and I would unhesitatinglyrecommend it, as start-up reading, to my ownundergraduates and research students. (Geological Magazine, 2012) "This is a reference work of wide-ranging technical expertisethat reads like a good piece of science journalism. Forgive thecliche but I couldnt put it down. ...an excellent referenceand a quick way to get up to speed on the fascinating andfast-evolving world of dinosaur research." J. Bret Bennington Priscum Vol 21, Issue1 (Winter2014)