Dinosaurs (häftad)
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Cambridge University Press
Weishampel, David B.
John Sibbick
Worked examples or Exercises; 3 Tables, color; 207 Halftones, color; 159 Line drawings, color
277 x 220 x 33 mm
1510 g
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A Concise Natural History

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Häftad,  Engelska, 2021-07-01
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The ideal textbook for non-science majors, this lively and engaging introduction encourages students to ask questions, assess data critically and think like a scientist. Building on the success of previous editions, Dinosaurs has been thoroughly updated to include new discoveries in the field, such as the toothed bird specimens found in China and recent discoveries of dinosaur soft anatomy. Illustrations by leading paleontological illustrator John Sibbick and new, carefully-chosen photographs, clearly show how dinosaurs looked, lived and their role in Earth history. Making science accessible and relevant through clear explanations and extensive illustrations, the text guides students through the dinosaur groups, emphasizing scientific concepts rather than presenting endless facts. Grounded in the common language of modern evolutionary biology - phylogenetic systematics - students learn to think about dinosaurs the way that professional paleontologists do.
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'Professors Fastovsky and Weishampel have done it again. They have performed a great service for the paleontological community by keeping their splendid textbook up-to-date. Their text is easily the best available for undergraduate dinosaur courses. The authors write with clarity but also with a fine sense of whimsy. You wish you could sit in their classroom. The book is profusely and expertly illustrated, highlighting key points in dinosaurian anatomy and the phylogenetic framework in which these characters are relevant. With the deft touch of skilled paleontologists, they communicate not only what we know about dinosaurs but how we know it. They also recognize that science is a human endeavor done by real people whose stories they tell. This book is highly recommended for students, teachers and interested lay readers as well.' Peter Dodson, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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'Fully updated and with brand new illustrations, Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History is the best textbook on the market to guide students and instructors alike navigate through the ever-evolving field of dinosaur paleontology. With its illustrations and sharp (often witty) writing style, this textbook aims to make students understand the key concepts and knowledge at the core of dinosaur paleontology rather than simply memorize dinosaur "facts". In addition to providing the most up-to-date information about dinosaur lifestyle, appearance, and anatomy, the textbook clearly explains the evolutionary history and interrelationships of each dinosaur group, supported by beautiful illustrations, color photos, and cladograms. All the latest discoveries are discussed and colorfully illustrated. This textbook will prove enlightening to any student interested in dinosaurs and an essential read for anyone considering a career in dinosaur paleontology.' Franois Therrien, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, C...

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David E. Fastovsky is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island. His interest in dinosaurs began in his early years when he read about a paleontologist's adventures in the Gobi Desert early in the twentieth century. Dinosaurs won out years later when he had the tough decision of choosing between a career in music or paleontology. He has since carried out fieldwork all over the world. He is known as a dynamic teacher as well as a respected researcher on the environments in which dinosaurs roamed, as well as their extinction. David B. Weishampel is Professor at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on dinosaur evolution and how dinosaurs function, and he is particularly interested in herbivorous dinosaurs and the dinosaur record of Europe. He is senior editor of The Dinosauria and has contributed to a number of popular publications, including acting as consultant to Michael Crichton in the writing of The Lost World, the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's film Jurassic Park. He was recently honoured in an International Symposium on duck-billled dinosaurs, dedicated to him and his research.


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