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Paleontology

  • Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earthby Andrew H. Knoll; Andrew H. Knoll

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 19.95

    Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet... more...

  • Volcanism and Global Environmental Changeby Anja Schmidt; Kirsten Fristad; Linda Elkins-Tanton

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 96.00

    A multidisciplinary volume describing the effects of volcanism on the environment, past and present, for researchers and advanced students. more...

  • Hypsodonty in Mammalsby Richard H. Madden

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 104.00

    Explores the central importance of soil ingestion and earth surface processes in driving the evolution of tooth shape in mammals. more...

  • Dinosaurs!by Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2014; US$ 5.99

    Terrible lizards. That?s what the word ?dinosaurs? means. Yet dinosaurs are not true lizards, and they are not necessarily terrible either. In fact, paleontologists have overturned one misconception after another, and in this eBook, ?Dinosaurs!?, we look at what the latest research tells us and what we still have to learn about these endlessly fascinating... more...

  • The Walking Whalesby J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 34.95

    Hans Thewissen, a leading researcher in the field of whale paleontology and anatomy, gives a sweeping first-person account of the discoveries that brought to light the early fossil record of whales. As evidenced in the record, whales evolved from herbivorous forest-dwelling ancestors that resembled tiny deer to carnivorous monsters stalking lakes and... more...

  • Hadrosaursby David A. Eberth; David C. Evans

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 94.99

    Hadrosaurs?also known as duck-billed dinosaurs?are abundant in the fossil record. With their unique complex jaws and teeth perfectly suited to shred and chew plants, they flourished on Earth in remarkable diversity during the Late Cretaceous. So ubiquitous are their remains that we have learned more about dinosaurian paleobiology and paleoecology... more...

  • A History of Life in 100 Fossilsby Paul D. Taylor; Aaron O'Dea

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 34.95

    A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils ahve been chosen... more...

  • Dodging Extinctionby Dr. Anthony D. Barnosky

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves together evidence from the deep past and the present to alert us to the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a practical, hopeful plan for avoiding it. Writing from the front lines of extinction research, Barnosky tells the overarching story of geologic and evolutionary history and how it informs the... more...

  • Flying Dinosaursby John Pickrell

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggests that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidenceóbones, genetics, eggs, behavior, and moreódemonstrates a seamless transition from fleet-footed carnivores to the ancestors of modern birds. Mixing colorful... more...

  • Biopolymersby Neal S. Gupta

    Springer Netherlands 2014; US$ 189.00

    This book on the science of molecular paleontology features experiments of the morphology, ultrastructure and chemical composition of† plant and animal fossils. It examines how organisms transform in earth history and their survivability in the fossil record. more...