Biology Of The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding The Life Of Giants

Hardcover | April 22, 2011

EditorNicole Klein, Kristian Remes, Carole T. Gee

not yet rated|write a review

Sauropods, those huge plant-eating dinosaurs, possessed bodies that seem to defy every natural law. What were these creatures like as living animals and how could they reach such uniquely gigantic sizes? A dedicated group of researchers in Germany in disciplines ranging from engineering and materials science to animal nutrition and paleontology went in search of the answers to these questions. Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs reports on the latest results from this seemingly disparate group of research fields and integrates them into a coherent theory regarding sauropod gigantism. Covering nutrition, physiology, growth, and skeletal structure and body plans, this volume presents the most up-to-date knowledge about the biology of these enormous dinosaurs.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$55.03 online
$77.95 list price (save 29%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Sauropods, those huge plant-eating dinosaurs, possessed bodies that seem to defy every natural law. What were these creatures like as living animals and how could they reach such uniquely gigantic sizes? A dedicated group of researchers in Germany in disciplines ranging from engineering and materials science to animal nutrition and pal...

Nicole Klein is a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Bonn who specializes in sauropodomorph dinosaur bone histology and marine reptiles from the Middle Triassic Muschelkalk deposits of Central Europe. She has done extensive fieldwork in many parts of the world, including Alaska and Nevada in the United States, and Ethiopia....

other books by Nicole Klein

Employer Branding: Wie können Unternehmen den 'War for Talents' gewinnen und qualifizierte…
Employer Branding: Wie können Unternehmen den 'War for ...

Kobo ebook|Apr 15 2015

$39.29 online$50.99list price(save 22%)
Phonologische Bewusstheit - Grundlagen und mehr als 80 Spiele - eBook: Don Bosco Spieleschatz…
Phonologische Bewusstheit - Grundlagen und mehr als 80 ...

Kobo ebook|Sep 5 2014

$10.39 online$13.50list price(save 23%)
Nachhaltige Unternehmenspolitik. Ein Wettbewerbsvorteil im 'War for Talents'?
Nachhaltige Unternehmenspolitik. Ein Wettbewerbsvorteil...

Kobo ebook|Dec 17 2014

$19.29 online$24.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Nicole Klein
Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.1 inPublished:April 22, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253355087

ISBN - 13:9780253355089

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Biology Of The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding The Life Of Giants

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
List of Institutional Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Sauropod Biology and the Evolution of Gigantism: What Do We Know? / Marcus Clauss

Part 1. Nutrition
2. Sauropod Feeding and Digestive Physiology / Jürgen Hummel and Marcus Clauss
3. Dietary Options for the Sauropod Dinosaurs from an Integrated Botanical and Paleobotanical Perspective / Carole T. Gee
4. The Diet of Sauropod Dinosaurs: Implications of Carbon Isotope Analysis on Teeth, Bones, and Plants / Thomas Tütken

Part 2. Physiology
5. Structure and Function of the Sauropod Respiratory System / Steven F. Perry, Thomas Breuer, and Nadine Pajor
6. Reconstructing Body Volume and Surface Area of Dinosaurs Using Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry / Stefan Stoinski, Tim Suthau, and Hanns-Christian Gunga
7. Body Mass Estimation, Thermoregulation, and Cardiovascular Physiology of Large Sauropods / Bergita Ganse, Alexander Stahn, Stefan Stoinski, Tim Suthau, and Hanns-Christian Gunga

Part 3. Construction
8. How to Get Big in the Mesozoic: The Evolution of the Sauropodomorph Body Plan / Oliver W. M. Rauhut, Regina Fechner, Kristian Remes, and Katrin Reis
9. Characterization of Sauropod Bone Structure / Maïtena Dumont, Anke Pyzalla, Aleksander Kostka, and Andras Borbély
10. Finite Element Analyses and Virtual Syntheses of Biological Structures and Their Application to Sauropod Skulls / Ulrich Witzel, Julia Mannhardt, Rainer Goessling, Pascal de Micheli, and Holger Preuschoft
11. Walking with the Shoulder of Giants: Biomechanical Conditions in the Tetrapod Shoulder Girdle as a Basis for Sauropod Shoulder Reconstruction / Bianca Hohn
12. Why So Huge? Biomechanical Reasons for the Acquisition of Large Size in Sauropod and Theropod Dinosaurs / Holger Preuschoft, Bianca Hohn, Stefan Stoinski, and Ulrich Witzel
13. Plateosaurus in 3D: How CAD Models and Kinetic-Dynamic Modeling Bring an Extinct Animal to Life / Heinrich Mallison
14. Rearing Giants: Kinetic-Dynamic Modeling of Sauropod Bipedal and Tripodal Poses / Heinrich Mallison
15. Neck Posture in Sauropods / Andreas Christian and Gordon Dzemski

Part 4. Growth
16. The Life Cycle of Sauropod Dinosaurs / Eva-Maria Griebeler and Jan Werner
17. Sauropod Bone Histology and Its Implications for Sauropod Biology / P. Martin Sander, Nicole Klein, Koen Stein, and Oliver Wings

Part 5. Epilogue
18. Skeletal Reconstruction of Brachiosaurus brancai in the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin: Summarizing 70 Years of Sauropod Research / Kristian Remes, David M. Unwin, Nicole Klein, Wolf-Dieter Heinrich, and Oliver Hampe

Appendix: Compilation of Published Body Mass Data for a Variety of Basal Sauropodomorphs and Sauropods
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is highly recommended for any library with natural history collections. It is a superb compendium of the latest sauropod research at a reasonable price." -American Reference Books