Written for non-specialists, this detailed survey of dinosaur origins, diversity, and extinction is designed as a series of successive essays covering important and timely topics in dinosaur paleobiology, such as "warm-bloodedness," birds as living dinosaurs, the new, non-flying feathered dinosaurs, dinosaur functional morphology, and cladistic methods in systematics.
Its explicitly phylogenetic approach to the group is that taken by dinosaur specialists.
The book is not an edited compilation of the works of many individuals, but a unique, cohesive perspective on Dinosauria.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of new, specially commissioned illustrations by John Sibbick, world-famous illustrator of dinosaurs, the volume includes multi-page drawings as well as sketches and diagrams.
First edition Hb (1996): 0-521-44496-9 David E.
Fastovsky is Professor of Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island.
Fastovsky, the author of numerous scientific publications dealing with Mesozoic vertebrate faunas and their ancient environments, is also scientific co-Editor of Geology.
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