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Paleontology

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  • Lifeby Richard Fortey

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    By one of Britain's most gifted scientists: a magnificently daring and compulsively readable account of life on Earth (from the "big bang" to the advent of man), based entirely on the most original of all sources--the evidence of fossils. With excitement and driving intelligence, Richard Fortey guides us from the barren globe spinning in space, through... more...

  • Paleontologyby Derek Turner

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 24.00

    Explores the far-reaching philosophical questions of paleontology, discussing diverse issues such as punctuated equilibrium and species selection. more...

  • Gaining Ground, Second Editionby Jennifer A. Clack

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 49.99

    Around 370 million years ago, a distant relative of a modern lungfish began a most extraordinary adventure?emerging from the water and laying claim to the land. Over the next 70 million years, this tentative beachhead had developed into a worldwide colonization by ever-increasing varieties of four-limbed creatures known as tetrapods, the ancestors... more...

  • The Fossil Detectivesby Douglas Palmer; Hermione Cockburn

    Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 27.18

    Fossils provide us with a tantalizing glimpse of Britain's prehistoric past and hold the key to unlocking the secrets of life's history and evolution. Since the appearance of primitive organisms in Britain more than a billion years ago, oceans, deserts, swamps and vast mountains have come and gone in our corner of western Europe; forests of long-extinct... more...

  • Paleontologyby Ian Tattersall

    Templeton Press 2011; US$ 9.99

    "Endlessly absorbing and informative. It would be hard to imagine a better introduction to this most important and fascinating field.??Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything Paleontology: A Brief History of Life is the fifth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range... more...

  • Time Travelerby Michael Novacek

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 25.99

    Hunting for fossils with a preeminent guide and teacher Michael Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. Time Traveler is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm... more...

  • Applications of Palaeontologyby Robert Wynn Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 120.00

    Shows how palaeontology can be applied to petroleum, mineral and coal exploration and exploitation, engineering geology and environmental science. more...

  • Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystemsby Pascal Godefroit

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 74.99

    In 1878, the first complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in a coal mine in Bernissart, Belgium. Iguanodon, first described by Gideon Mantell on the basis of fragments discovered in England in 1824, was initially reconstructed as an iguana-like reptile or a heavily built, horned quadruped. However, the Bernissart skeleton changed all that. The... more...

  • New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaursby Michael J. Ryan; Brenda J. Chinnery-Allgeier; David A. Eberth; Patricia E. Ralrick; Philip J. Currie

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 94.99

    Easily distinguished by the horns and frills on their skulls, ceratopsians were one of the most successful of all dinosaurs. This volume presents a broad range of cutting-edge research on the functional biology, behavior, systematics, paleoecology, and paleogeography of the horned dinosaurs, and includes descriptions of newly identified species. more...

  • Stratigraphic Paleobiologyby Mark E. Patzkowsky; Steven M. Holland

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 30.00

    Whether the fossil record should be read at face value or whether it presents a distorted view of the history of life is an argument seemingly as old as many fossils themselves. In the late 1700s, Georges Cuvier argued for a literal interpretation, but in the early 1800s, Charles Lyell?s gradualist view of the earth?s history required a more nuanced... more...