Dinosaurs

The Textbook

Spencer G. Lucas

Columbia University Press

Dinosaurs

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Pub Date: June 2016

ISBN: 9780231173117

392 Pages

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Dinosaurs

The Textbook

Spencer G. Lucas

Columbia University Press

Geared towards a broad variety of students, Dinosaurs: The Textbook, sixth edition, is a concise and lucid presentation of the biological and geological concepts of dinosaur science. It clarifies the evolution, phylogeny, and classification of the various species while modeling the best approach for navigating new and existing research. Revised to reflect recent fossil discoveries and the current consensus on dinosaur science, this text moves through the major taxonomic groups—including theropods, sauropodomorphs, ornithopods, ceratopsians, pachycephalosaurs, stegosaurs, and ankylosaurs—and concludes with updated chapters on the behavior and extinction of the dinosaurs, their biological relationship to birds, and their representation (or misrepresentation) in art, literature, film, and other forms of popular culture.

The sixth edition represents a major revision of the leading text for an introductory course on dinosaurs, including comprehensive updates based on the latest scientific discoveries, research, and literature. With an extensive art program revised by leading paleoartists that features cutting-edge illustrations, it is a complete reader-friendly pedagogical package with extensive end-of-chapter summary tools, review questions, a detailed glossary, a dinosaur dictionary, and a comprehensive index.

Please visit our supplemental materials page to find study and teaching aides for both students and teachers using Dinosaurs: The Textbook, sixth edition in class.

I don't think that you can produce a better book than what Spencer Lucas has written. It has been well proved over many years, and this thoroughly updated edition meets the demands of the rapidly evolving science. Sherwood W. Wise Jr., professor of geological sciences, Florida State University
This book is the best available introduction to dinosaurs for college students, as earlier editions have been. John Cisne, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, Cornell University
Dinosaurs is a concise, well-written, and profusely illustrated introduction to this ever-fascinating subject. It is ideally suited for college-level courses. Hans-Dieter Sues, senior scientist and curator of vertebrate paleontology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, coauthor of Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition
List of Boxed Readings
Preface
1. Introduction
What Are Dinosaurs?
When and Where Did Dinosaurs Live?
Why Study Dinosaurs?
Key Terms
Review Questions
Find a Dinosaur!
2. Evolution, Phylogeny, and Classification
Evolution
Phylogeny
Classification
Dinosaurs and Evolution
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
3. Fossils, Sedimentary Environments, and Geologic Time
Fossils
Sedimentary Environments
Geologic Time
Collecting Dinosaur Fossils
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
4. The Origin of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs as Reptiles
Dinosaurs as Diapsids
Dinosaurs as Archosaurs
The Archosaurian Ancestry of Dinosaurs
The Phylogeny of Dinosaurs
The Oldest Dinosaurs
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
5. Theropods
The Phylogeny of Theropods
What Is a Theropod?
Primitive Theropods
Tetanurans
Avetheropods
Theropod Evolution
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
6. Sauropodomorphs
Prosauropods
Sauropods
Sauropod Evolution
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
7. Ornithopods
Heterodontosaurs
Primitive Ornithopods
Iguanodontians
Hadrosaurs
Ornithopod Evolution
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
8. Stegosaurs and Ankylosaurs
Primitive Thyreophorans
Stegosaurs
Ankylosaurs
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
9. Ceratopsians and Pachycephalosaurs
Ceratopsians
Pachycephalosaurs
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
10. The Dinosaurian World
Continental Drift, Sea Level, and Climate
Late Triassic: Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs
Early–Middle Jurassic: Dinosaurs Establish Dominance
Late Jurassic: The Golden Age of Dinosaurs
Early Cretaceous: A Transition
Late Cretaceous: The Last Dinosaurs
Five Dinosaur Faunas
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
11. Dinosaur Hunters
Earliest Discoveries
Complete Skeletons
Two Great Expeditions
The Calm Before the Storm?
The Dinosaur Renaissance
Changing Ideas in Dinosaur Science
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
12. Dinosaur Trace Fossils
Dinosaur Footprints
Dinosaur Eggs
Dinosaur Gastroliths
Dinosaur Tooth Marks
Dinosaur Coprolites
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
13. Dinosaur Biology and Behavior
Dinosaur Biology
Dinosaur Behavior
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
14. Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs?
Some Terms and Concepts
The Evidence
What Type(s) of Metabolism Did Dinosaurs Have?
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
15. Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds
What Is a Bird?
The Genus Archaeopteryx
Nondinosaurian Ancestors of Birds
Origin and Evolution of Avian Flight
Evolution of Birds
Significance of Dinosaurs as Bird Ancestors
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Find a Dinosaur!
16. The Extinction of Dinosaurs
The Terminal Cretaceous Extinction
Nature of the Evidence
Single Cause: Asteroid Impact
Multiple Causes
Minimizing the Damage
Answer the Question!
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
17. Dinosaurs in the Public Eye
Dinosaurs: Denotation and Connotation
Dinosaurs in the News
Dinosaurs in Books
Dinosaurs in Art
Dinosaur Toys
Dinosaurs in Cartoons and Movies
Dinosaurs on the Worldwide Web
Dinosaur Science and Public Dinosaurs
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Appendix: A Primer of Dinosaur Anatomy
Posture and Orientation
Skull, Lower Jaw, and Teeth
Backbone
Forelimb
Hind Limb
Structure and Function
Key Terms
Review Questions
Further Reading
Glossary
A Dinosaur Dictionary
Index

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About the Author

Spencer G. Lucas is the curator of paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. He has published more than 500 scientific articles and authored or coedited close to twenty volumes, including Chinese Fossil Vertebrates (2001).