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Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs 2nd Edition

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"This book is successful. It is indeed full of valuable and useful information that is generally well packaged and accessible." (Geological Magazine, July 2008)


“The text is very appropriate for an introductory course on dinosaurs. The material is up to date, the pedagogy is excellent, and the explanations of technical material are accessible. I’ve already used this text, and will continue to do so – the new edition is an excellent improvement.”
–Raymond Freeman-Lynde, University of Georgia

Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs is packed with information and covers the essential topics thoroughly. Martin’s style makes the reading fun and easy, so that the information is easy to assimilate. In addition, the website is an excellent resource, providing a wealth of information and links for further exploration.”
–Gus Winterfeld, Idaho State University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Pub.; 2nd edition (February 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405134135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405134132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
NOTE: I haven't read this book cover-to-cover (I have a loaner copy from Blackwell), so keep that in mind when reading.
Another dinosaur textbook? This book competes directly with older dinosaur textbooks by Spencer Lucas and Fastovsky & Weishampel, as well as quasi-textbooks like the one by Dingus & Rowe. Martin's book covers much of the same ground, but has a different overall focus. Whereas F & W's text is largely focused on dinosaurs themselves, Martin's new book focuses largely on using dinosaurs to teach broader, more all-encompassing concepts. In fact, it does this to such a degree that the title might better be "Introduction to Science via Dinosaurs." Of the 16 chapters in the book, only 11-15 deal directly with the different groups of dinosaurs. (A better organization for the book might be to put these chapters much earlier in the book, since the terms detailed in them are used in most of the earlier chapters!) Other chapters discuss topics of great importance to paleontologists, and therefore certainly deserve coverage in a book such as this! They include discussions of how science works (in the context of defining things and scientific methodology, Chapters 1-2), how/why paleo and geology are sciences (Chap. 3), history of dinosaur studies (Chap. 4), anatomy, histology & classification (Chap. 5), taphonomy (Chap. 6), ichnology (Chap. 7), eggs & nests (Chap. 8), feeding habits (Chap. 9), evolution (Chap. 10), and extinctions plus birds as dinosaurs (Chap. 16). Some concepts are covered elsewhere in the book, too (e.g., histology in the theropod chapter, genetics in the evolution chapter, paleobiogeography covered throughout the text, etc.)
Aside from the above criticism, the organization of the book is pretty good.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2003
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As a student of vertebrate paleontology, I find this book easy to read and extremely detailed. I loved this book and it featured two or three times the information as other dinosaur textbooks such as Dinosaurs: The Textbook, which I also own. I suggest those who want to learn technical knowledge on this subject to buy this book. Because this book is quite expensive I suggest buying it used. My used book was just like new. I have bought many of my dinosaurian books used and all have came in great condition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edmond Schmolke on September 12, 2010
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This book is a fantastic update to the original volume(which I also have). The text is extremely informative and there are hundreds of photographs and diagrams. This second volume of Introduction to the study of Dinosaurs is highly recommended for anyone interested in these great animals.
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