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Paleontology

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  • Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffby Michael Novacek

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.95

    Over the past six years Michael Novacek, the Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, has led a team of international scientists to the Gobi Desert on the greatest dinosaur expedition of the late 20th century. Closed to the West since the 1920's, the remote sands of Mongolia's Gobi Desert constitute the richest fossil site in... more...

  • Grave Secrets of Dinosaursby Phil Manning

    National Geographic Society 2008; US$ 16.95

    Many of us have seen dinosaur bones and skeletons, maybe even dinosaur eggs...but what did those fearsome animals really look like in the flesh? Soft-tissue fossils give tantalizing clues about the appearance and physiology of the ancient animals. In this exciting book, paleontologist Phillip Manning presents the most astonishing dinosaur fossil... 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...

  • The Great Devonian Controversyby Martin J. S. Rudwick

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 49.00

    "Arguably the best work to date in the history of geology."—David R. Oldroyd, Science "After a superficial first glance, most readers of good will and broad knowledge might dismiss [this book] as being too much about too little. They would be making one of the biggest mistakes in their intellectual lives. . . . [It] could become one of our century's... 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$ 23.96

    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$ 6.79

    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 for... more...

  • Darwin's Lost Worldby Martin Brasier

    OUP Oxford 2010; US$ 12.99

    Darwin puzzled over why ancient Precambrian rocks seemed barren of life. Brasier describes the quest to shed light on Darwin's Lost World, the discovery of its strange creatures, and what drove the sudden flurry of evolution called the Cambrian Explosion, amid tales told with relish of expeditions to the remotest corners of the world. more...

  • Applications of Palaeontologyby Robert Wynn Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 124.00

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