This highly accessible introduction to dinosaurs places scientific method at the crux of the studies, teaching students about scientific research and principles as they learn about dinosaurs.
Now in its second edition, the text includes updates on recent finds, increased coverage of evolution and physiology, an expanded and improved illustration program, and is in color throughout.Beginning with foundational chapters on the scientific method and the context of dinosaurs, the text then proceeds with detailed discussions of dinosaur anatomy, taphonomy, evolution, physiology, and ichnology.
The book also examines five select clades of dinosaurs, and finishes by covering birds as modern dinosaurs and dinosaur extinctions.
Intended for both majors and nonmajors, this textbook balances scientific rigor with real-world examples which show how dinosaurs lived and died as well as what happened to them after they died.Features of this new edition include:Everyday scenarios at chapter openings which set the stage for chapter contentDedicated web page, www.blackwellpublishing.com/dinosaurs, with interactive material and all art in downloadable form (art also available to instructors on CD-ROM)End-of-chapter discussion questionsEasy-reference glossaryNew references at the end of each chapterHigh-quality, full-color figures and photographs throughout.
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