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Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

David Norman

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198795926

192 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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David Norman discusses some of the most fascinating and iconic creatures to walk our Earth. Introducing the different famillies of dinosaurs, he discusses how they were first discovered and interpreted, and looks at how scientific break-throughs have changed our understanding of dinosaurs over the years.

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David Norman discusses some of the most fascinating and iconic creatures to walk our Earth. Introducing the different famillies of dinosaurs, he discusses how they were first discovered and interpreted, and looks at how scientific break-throughs have changed our understanding of dinosaurs over the years.

  • Explains how science and scientific methods have advanced our understanding of dinosaurs as living animals
  • Discusses some of the latest break-throughs in the study of dinosaurs, and the links between dinosaurs and modern birds
  • Highlights current controversies, and the major questions now being investigated in the study of dinosaurs
  • Considers the challenges to reconstructing the lives, diets, and appearance of dinosaurs
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Considers updated information relating to the earliest dinosaur fossils, and search-image for fossils in rocks
  • Includes fresh research that explores the different taxa related to Iguanodon
  • Includes new insights into the breathing physiology of dinosaurs and also considerations of bone histology and the implications of warm blood
  • Contains accounts of some of the most recent work in the area of forensics

About the Author(s)

David Norman, Odell Fellow in the Natural Sciences, Reader in Palaeobiology, University of Cambridge

David Norman is a palaeontologist based at the University of Cambridge. Much of his research work has concentrated on the anatomy, biology, and evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs. He is one of the world's leading experts on iguanodontian dinosaurs and has trained a group of students who are themselves now leading palaeontologists and functional morphologists in their fields of research. David is a best-selling author and has been awarded prizes for some of his books, many of which are intended to introduce science to audiences through the use of dinosaurs as a starting point; he has also been an advisor on various television programmes, notably for Sir David Attenborough (Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives) and the late Walter Kronkite (Dinosaur!), as well as the multi-award winning Walking with Dinosaurs.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Dinosaurs in perspective
    2:Our view of dinosaurs updated by...birds
    3:A new perspective on Iguanodon
    4:Relationships between dinosaurs
    5:Dinosaurs: their biology and way of life
    6:The anatomy and variety of dinosaurs: what does it all mean?
    7:Dinosaur research: observation, techniques and deductions
    8:Looking to the future from the past
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction is anything but. Instead, Dave Norman's book is a tour de force on the latest research on these terribly great reptiles, much of it by himself. An excellent read!!" - David B. Weishampel, Senior Editor, The Dinosauria

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