Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction by David NormanDinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction by David Norman

Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

byDavid Norman

Paperback | September 21, 2017

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Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures and their popularity seems never ending, fuelled by films such as Jurassic Park and documentaries such as Walking with Dinosaurs. Yet dinosaurs (or more precisely non-avian dinosaurs) last trod the Earth 65 million years ago. All we know of them today aretheir fossilised bones, the tracks and traces that they left behind and, in very rare instances, some of the soft tissues or even traces of their chemistry. In many respects dinosaurs present us with one of the ultimate forensic challenges: they comprise the fragmentary remains of creatures thatdied many tens of millions of years ago, rather than just recently, or a few tens of years ago, which is the problem usually faced by forensic pathologists. How much do we really know about them, and to what extent can their remains inform us about ancient worlds, and indeed about the history of ourplanet?In this Very Short Introduction David Norman discusses how dinosaurs were first discovered and interpreted, and how our understanding of them has changed over the past 200 years. He looks at some of the amazing discoveries that have enabled us to gain new and unexpected insights into dinosaurs asanimals with natural histories and behaviours, and considers some of the biggest questions in dinosaur biology, such as the implications of them having warm blood. Norman also shows how research upon dinosaurs has been enriched, particularly in recent decades, by technological break-throughs, whichcomplement the informed speculation and luck which have played a part in many of the major discoveries.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
David Norman is a palaeontologist based at the University of Cambridge. Much of his research work has concentrated on the anatomy, biology, and evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs. He is one of the world's leading experts on iguanodontian dinosaurs and has trained a group of students who are themselves now leading palaeontologists and...
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Title:Dinosaurs: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.03 inPublished:September 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Dinosaurs in perspective2. Our view of dinosaurs updated by...birds3. A new perspective on Iguanodon4. Relationships between dinosaurs5. Dinosaurs: their biology and way of life6. The anatomy and variety of dinosaurs: what does it all mean?7. Dinosaur research: observation, techniques and deductions8. Looking to the future from the pastReferencesFurther ReadingIndex