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The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology [Hardcover]

by Kristina Curry Rogers, Jeffrey Wilson
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December 16, 2005 0520246233 978-0520246232 0
Sauropod dinosaurs were the largest animals ever to walk the earth, and they represent a substantial portion of vertebrate biomass and biodiversity during the Mesozoic Era. The story of sauropod evolution is told in an extensive fossil record of skeletons and footprints that span the globe and 150 million years of earth history. This generously illustrated volume is the first comprehensive scientific summary of sauropod evolution and paleobiology. The contributors explore sauropod anatomy, detail its variations, and question the myth that life at large size led to evolutionary stagnation and eventual replacement by more "advanced" herbivorous dinosaurs. Chapters address topics such as the evolutionary history and diversity of sauropods; methods for creating three-dimensional reconstructions of their skeletons; questions of sauropod herbivory, tracks, gigantism, locomotion, reproduction, growth rates, and more. This book, together with the recent surge in sauropod discoveries around the world and taxonomic revisions of fragmentary genera, will shed new light on "nature's greatest extravagances."

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"This is the most comprehensive overview and analysis of sauropod dinosaurs ever written."—Jason Head, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution

About the Author

Kristina A. Curry Rogers is Curator of Paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Geology at Macalester College. Jeffrey A. Wilson is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Paleontology and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246232
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for the specialist March 9, 2006
For palaeontologists with an interest in sauropods, this volume is simply and unequivocally indispensible. Matt Wedel's chapter on postcranial skeletal pneumaticity is a particular highlight, but most of the papers are very valuable. The contributions are on the whole more substantial than those in the recent Carpenter and Tidwell volume on the same subject, "Thunder Lizards", being mostly written by sauropod specialists.

Be careful, though! This is not a book for the casual dinosaur enthusiast: the chapters are academic papers that are heavy going for those without the necessary background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Read March 30, 2007
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I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in dinosaurs, fossils and evolution. This book gives you all the information you would ever want about the Sauropod dinosaurs. The price of this book on may seem high, but you will never find this book anywhere else at a better price.
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