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The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs Hardcover – November 18, 2000
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Some of Pauls ideas about dinosaurs are speculative and a little quirky, but are well-presented. Some odd, non-paleontological, speculations at the end of the book by Paul are sort of out of place.
Also, NO AUTHOR, in ANY of these scientific articles addresses the fact that fossils (in the vast majority of all cases) portray ONLY the organism's skeletal system and thus only 5-10% of its anatomical and physiological evolutionary history. To illustrate this problem, we should imagine ourselves as paleontologists, 20 million years in the future, finding fossils of a Great Dane and a Dachshund. Not knowing anything about about their internal anatomy, we would most certainly classify these fossils as not just TWO entirely different species, but, most likely, as two entirely different FAMILIES or ORDERS, instead of properly clasifying them (as we now know) as simply two VARIATIONS of the very same SPECIES, canis familiaris.
Therefore, as many paleontologists have already pointed out, cladistics, as a systematics tool, has very serious limitations in the accuracy of fossil representation. Dr. Paul has otherwise compended an excellent anthology and his analyses of dinosaur motion, art and art history are superb.
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I found this to be an interesting, very informative read. It covers the dinosauria well, and would make a great first dinosaur book. Read morePublished on July 29, 2001