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The Complete Dinosaur
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Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" —Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." —American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." —Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." —New Scientist

"The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." —Natural History

What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates? What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did typical dinosaurs become extinct? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world's leading experts on the "fearfully great" reptiles, the book’s 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Dinosauria
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part 1: The Discovery of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Dinosaurs: The Earliest Discoveries
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. 2. Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. 3. European Dinosaur Hunters of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. 4. North American Dinosaur Hunters
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. 5. The Search for Dinosaurs in Asia
  2. pp. 73-106
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  1. 6. Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. Part 2. The Study of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 119-120
  1. 7. Hunting for Dinosaur Bones
  2. pp. 121-134
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  1. 8. The Osteology of the Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. 9. Reconstructing the Musculature of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 151-190
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  1. 10. Dinosaur Paleoneurology
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. 11. The Taxonomy and Systematics of the Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 209-224
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  1. 12. Dinosaurs and Geologic Time
  2. pp. 225-246
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  1. 13. Technology and the Study of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 247-272
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  1. 140 Claws, Scales, Beaks, and Feathers: Molecular Traces in the Fossil Record
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. 15. Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits
  2. pp. 285-304
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  1. 16. Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals
  2. pp. 305-314
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  1. Part 3: The Clades of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 315-316
  1. 17. Evolution of the Archosaurs
  2. pp. 317-330
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  1. 18. Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 331-346
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  1. 19. Theropods
  2. pp. 347-378
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  1. 20. Birds
  2. pp. 379-424
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  1. 21. Basal Sauropodomorpha: The "Prosauropods"
  2. pp. 425-444
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  1. 22. Sauropoda
  2. pp. 445-482
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  1. 23. Stegosaurs
  2. pp. 483-504
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  1. 24. Ankylosaurs
  2. pp. 505-526
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  1. 25. Marginocephalia
  2. pp. 527-550
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  1. 26. Ornithopods
  2. pp. 551-566
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  1. Part 4: Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 567-568
  1. 27. Land Plants as a Source of Food and Environment in the Age of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 569-588
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  1. 28. What Did Dinosaurs Eat: Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets
  2. pp. 589-602
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  1. 29. Reproductive Biology of Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 603-612
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  1. 30. Dinosaur Eggs
  2. pp. 613-620
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  1. 31. How Dinosaurs Grew
  2. pp. 621-636
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  1. 32. Engineering a Dinosaur
  2. pp. 637-666
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  1. 33. Disease in Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 667-712
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  1. 34. The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints
  2. pp. 713-760
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  1. 35. The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution
  2. pp. 761-784
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  1. 36. Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs and Early Birds
  2. pp. 785-818
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  1. 37. Evidence for Avian-Mammalian Aerobic Capacity and Thermoregulation in Mesozoic Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 819-872
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  1. 38. "Intermediate" Dinosaurs: The Case Updated
  2. pp. 873-922
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  1. Part 5: Dinosaur Evolution in the Mesozoic
  2. pp. 923-924
  1. 39. Principles of Paleobiogeography in the Mesozoic
  2. pp. 925-958
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  1. 40. Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates
  2. pp. 959-988
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  1. 41. Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapods and Faunal Changes
  2. pp. 989-1002
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  1. 42. Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic
  2. pp. 1003-1026
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  1. 43. Dinosaur Extinction: Past and Present Perspectives
  2. pp. 1027-1038
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  1. 44. Life after Death: Dinosaur Fossils in Human Hands
  2. pp. 1039-1056
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  1. 45. Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Theory
  2. pp. 1057-1072
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. Image 1-Image 32
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  1. Appendix: Dinosaur-Related Websites
  2. pp. 1073-1074
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 1075-1082
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 1083-1114
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 1160-1160
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