Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Paperback)
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Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Paperback)

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Paperback 424 Pages / Published: 27/08/2012
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Updated with the material that instructors want, Dinosaurs continues to make science exciting and understandable to non-science majors through its narrative of scientific concepts rather than endless facts. It now contains new material on pterosaurs, an expanded section on the evolution of the dinosaurs and new photographs to help students engage with geology, natural history and evolution. The authors ground the text in the language of modern evolutionary biology, phylogenetic systematics, and teach students to examine the paleontology of dinosaurs exactly as the professionals in the field do using these methods to reconstruct dinosaur relationships. Beautifully illustrated, lively and engaging, this edition continues to encourage students to ask questions and assess data critically, enabling them to think like a scientist.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521282376
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 1180 g
Dimensions: 275 x 216 x 17 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... the most comprehensive and useful text on dinosaurs on the market. It is both authoritative and whimsical, providing the student with a great background on dinosaurs and on the sciences needed to understand them. It is fun to read and [has] great illustrations too.' Kevin Padian, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
Review of the first edition: 'I am excited to see that the authors have selected not to overwhelm the student with detail.' Mark Oiumette, Hardin-Simmons University
Review of the first edition: 'Does an excellent job of explaining cladistics.' Bill Zinsmeister, Purdue University
Review of the first edition: 'Well written ... the authors' sense of humor makes it enjoyable to read; it summarizes most of the important topics in dinosaur paleontology using current information.' Carol Waddell-Sheets, Canisius College
Review of the first edition: 'This is an outstanding contribution for anyone teaching a course involving dinosaurs ... it is reasonably short and very much up to date.' Sherwood Wise, Florida State University
Review of the first edition: 'It's a nice length - subjects are discussed with the appropriate amount of depth and level of coverage. The writing style and tone is engaging and I like the incorporation of phylogeny.' David Varricchio, Montana State University
Review of the first edition: 'Very up-to-date information ... superior illustration.' John Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
'It's the best fit for my course of any book out there because it's focused less on the dinosaurs themselves and more on how dinosaurs illustrate important lessons in the history of life ... I'm definitely going to adopt it for my course.' J. Bret Bennington, Hofstra University
'Dinosaurs remain a 'hot' topic ... To explore their past world, one needs to have a very good guide. With the publication of the book by Fastovsky and Weishampel, the latter is now available ... demonstrates an outstanding degree of comprehensity ... an outstanding synthesis of the modern knowledge on dinosaurs.' Dmitry Ruban, The German Geological/Palaeontological Journal
'It is an admirable work, something unlike I have seen in other texts in the field. The 240 page lexicon is elegant and freshly instructive. I find this text compact, self-contained and interesting to read.' Gibson Batch, Rheology Bulletin
'Overall I find Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History to be a welcome improvement over what in my opinion was already the best dinosaur textbook on the market.' William Parker, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
'... Fastovsky and Weishampel have been at the forefront of this genre ... One rather interesting section ... deals with slightly more philosophical questions relating to the history of ideas as well as the major contributors to the study of dinosaurs ... It is ... concise as well as being accessible and highly informative on the topic of dinosaurs and the science that can be applied to understanding them. As a well-structured, thoughtful and helpful undergraduate teaching guide it is absolutely excellent.' David Norman, The Geographical Journal
'... all the questions that everyone asks about ... are treated in most up-to-date detail ... this is an excellent book.' Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
'I admire the authors for stripping each clade down to the essential information, while preserving the geeky details that make dinosaurs so fascinating. Equally up-to-date treatments of mass extinction, metabolism, growth, and other relevant topics round out the discussion. Both college instructors and students will find this textbook a fun and accessible introduction to the world of dinosaurs.' Andrew A. Farke and Raymond M. Alf, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"This book is a treasure. Written on several levels (amateur, teen, adult, professional) this well illustrated text covers what is known about dinosaurs, the arguments, debates, the history of paleontology and some of the folk who study it. Great index, masterfully written. A wonderful read for the novice to expert. 3 stars. A must for anyone seriously interested in the field." Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists
Review of the first edition: "I am excited to see that they authors have selected not to overwhelm the student with detail." Mark Oiumette, Hardin-Simmons University
Review of the first edition: "Does an excellent job of explaining cladistics." Bill Zinsmeister, Purdue University
Review of the first edition: "Well written ... the author's sense of humor makes it enjoyable to read; it summarizes most of the important topics in dinosaur paleontology using current information." Carol Waddell-Sheets, Canisius College
Review of the first edition: "This is an outstanding contribution for anyone teaching a course involving dinosaurs ... it is reasonably short and very much up to date." Sherwood Wise, Florida State University
Review of the first edition: "It's a nice length - subjects are discussed with the appropriate amount of depth and level of coverage. The writing style and tone is engaging and I like the incorporation of phylogeny." David Varricchio, Montana State University
Review of the first edition: "Very up-to-date information ... superior illustration." John Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Review of the first edition: "It's the best fit for my course of any book out there because it's focused less on the dinosaurs themselves and more on how dinosaurs illustrate important lessons in the history of life ... I'm definitely going to adopt it for my course." Dr J. Bret Bennington, Hofstra University
Review of the first edition: "Dinosaurs remain a 'hot' topic ... To explore their past world, one needs to have a very good guide. With the publication of the book by Fastovsky and Weishampel, the latter is now available...demonstrates an outstanding degree of comprehensity ... an outstanding synthesis of the modern knowledge on dinosaurs." Dr Dmitry Ruban, The German Geological/Palaeontological Journal
Review of the first edition: "It is an admirable work, something unlike I have seen in other texts in the field. The 240-page lexicon is elegant and freshly instructive. I find this text compact, self-contained and interesting to read ... I recommend it for anyone wishing to have a perspective of Dr Denn's work in process stability and rheology." Gibson Batch, Rheology Bulletin
Review of the first edition: "... well-written, highly visual, engaging, and informative book ... Highly recommended." Choice
Review of the first edition: "If you wish to know about the jaw mechanics in Euornithopoda, or if the giant femur of an adult Maiasaura makes you happy, this book will become the best gift for you! ... The indices of subjects and genera are very detailed and useful. It is great that the Latin name is translated for each taxon ... an outstanding synthesis of the modern knowledge on dinosaurs. And it will remain so for at least 1-2 decades. The reviewer has no idea other than to recommend this book strongly for everyone deeply interested in the world of dinosaurs and the evolutionary theory." Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie
Review of the first edition: "... it is undoubtedly the case that Fastovsky and Weishampel have been at the forefront of this genre. ... concise as well as being accessible and highly informative on the topic of dinosaurs and the science that can be applied to understanding them. As a well-structured, thoughtful and helpful undergraduate teaching guide it is absolutely excellent." David Norman, The Geographical Journal
Review of the first edition: "Overall I find Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History to be a welcome improvement over what in my opinion was already the best dinosaur textbook on the market." William Parker, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
"... the most comprehensive and useful text on dinosaurs on the market. It's both authoritative and whimsical, providing the student with a great background on dinosaurs and on the sciences needed to understand them. It's fun to read and [has] great illustrations too." Kevin Padian, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

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