- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (June 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080188120X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801881206
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,511,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone: Deciphering Biology with Fine-Scale Techniques
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"At last! An entire book devoted to one of the most recently developed and hottest techniques for the study of dinosaurs and other ancient animals. The author has devoted her career to the study of the histology of fossil bone. She comprehensively surveys a body of literature that begins more than a century ago but is up-to-the-minute as well. She skillfully introduces the student to the basics of the subject but also presses toward the limit of what the technique can tell us about the fascinating topics of growth and physiology of extinct animals. She describes the work of others with fairness but leaves no doubt as to her opinions about the shortcomings of widely cited studies. She writes with clarity and vigor and has presented a book that will be widely read by paleontologists of all levels and leanings. "(Peter Dodson, University of Pennsylvania)
"Chinsamy-Turan has provided an immense service to the field with the publication of this book."(Kristina Curry Rogers Trends in Ecology and Evolution)
"Of interest to a wide audience of biologists, the core readership [is] vertebrate paleontologists, each of whom should have a copy."(Tim J. Fedak and Brian K. Hall Quarterly Review of Biology)
"A must-read for anybody interested in the biology of one of the most fascinating animals in the history of our planet."(Luis M. Chiappe Nature)
"An irreplaceable manual for all students working in this field."(Magdalena Borsuk-Bialynicka Acta Palaeontologica Polonica)
"Chinsamy-Turan's accessible, engaging book contains enough personal reflections and professional opinions to keep readers enthralled."(James R. Spotila Bioscience)
"A valuable addition to the library of anyone who thirsts for every bit of knowledge available about these Mesozoic saurians."(Lynne M. Clos Fossil News: Journal of Avocational Paleontology)
"Provides a compelling, if not universal, view of dinosaur physiology that is certain to attract serious consideration and attention."(Matthew F. Bonnan Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology)
"Particularly strong on describing what bone is, how it is studied microscopically, and what it is capable to telling us."(Kevin Padian Progressive Palaeontology)
About the Author
Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a professor of zoology and a fellow of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is president of South African Women in Science and Engineering and the former director of the Natural History Collections Division of Iziko Museums of Cape Town. She was named as South Africa's Woman Scientist of the Year for 2005.
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Thanks to Chinsamy-Turan I now fully appreciate the usefulness of bone microstructure in reconstructing the biology of dinosaurs. Chinsamy-Turan has a knack of explaining complex ideas in a simple easy-to-follow manner - you really do not have to be a fully- fledged vertebrate paleontologist to read (and understand) this book. I found the chapters on dinosaur growth, biology of early birds, and dinosaur physiology absolutely fascinating.