The Dinosauria

The Dinosauria

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When the The Dinosauria was first published more than a decade ago, it was hailed as qthe best scholarly reference work available on dinosaursq and qan historically unparalleled compendium of information.q This second, fully revised edition continues in the same vein as the first but encompasses the recent spectacular discoveries that have continued to revolutionize the field. A state-of-the-science view of current world research, the volume includes comprehensive coverage of dinosaur systematics, reproduction, and life history strategies, biogeography, taphonomy, paleoecology, thermoregulation, and extinction. Its internationally renowned authorsa€”forty-four specialists on the various members of the Dinosauriaa€”contribute definitive descriptions and illustrations of these magnificent Mesozoic beasts. The first section of The Dinosauria begins with the origin of the great clade of these fascinating reptiles, followed by separate coverage of each major dinosaur taxon, including the Mesozoic radiation of birds. The second part of the volume navigates through broad areas of interest. Here we find comprehensive documentation of dinosaur distribution through time and space, discussion of the interface between geology and biology, and the paleoecological inferences that can be made through this link. This new edition will be the benchmark reference for everyone who needs authoritative information on dinosaurs.In addition, the depression on the distal femur mentioned by Sereno (1999a) is interpreted here as the cranioproximal extension of the ... of the distal femur of Herrerasaurus, Staurikosaurus, and several other basal dinosaurs, such as Saturnalia, Liliensternus, and Lesothosaurus. ... These include the intramandibular joint, the long penultimate manual phalanges, and the trenchant unguals of the manus.

Title:The Dinosauria
Author:David B. Weishampel, Peter Dodson, Halszka Osmólska
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2004-12-06


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