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The Dinosauria

David B. Weishampel (Editor), Peter Dodson (Editor), Halszka Osmólska (Editor)

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Paperback, 880 pages
ISBN: 9780520254084
December 2007
$57.95, £45.00
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When the The Dinosauria was first published more than a decade ago, it was hailed as "the best scholarly reference work available on dinosaurs" and "an historically unparalleled compendium of information." This second, fully revised edition continues in the same vein as the first but encompasses the recent spectacular discoveries that have continued to revolutionize the field. A state-of-the-science view of current world research, the volume includes comprehensive coverage of dinosaur systematics, reproduction, and life history strategies, biogeography, taphonomy, paleoecology, thermoregulation, and extinction. Its internationally renowned authors—forty-four specialists on the various members of the Dinosauria—contribute definitive descriptions and illustrations of these magnificent Mesozoic beasts.

The first section of The Dinosauria begins with the origin of the great clade of these fascinating reptiles, followed by separate coverage of each major dinosaur taxon, including the Mesozoic radiation of birds. The second part of the volume navigates through broad areas of interest. Here we find comprehensive documentation of dinosaur distribution through time and space, discussion of the interface between geology and biology, and the paleoecological inferences that can be made through this link. This new edition will be the benchmark reference for everyone who needs authoritative information on dinosaurs.
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Literature Cited
David B. Weishampel is a Professor at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is coauthor, with D. E. Fastovsky, of The Evolution and Extinction of Dinosaurs (1996) and coauthor, with L. Young, of The Dinosaurs of the East Coast (1996). Peter Dodson is Professor of Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the author of Horned Dinosaurs: A Natural History. Halszka Osmólska is Professor of Paleontology at the Paleobiological Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
“The Dinosauria is the ultimate work on one of the planet’s most famous groups of animals, and the second edition of the most important volume on dinosaurs. . . The amount of information in The Dinosauria is awesome and everyone interested in dinosaurs will want it.”—Darren Naish Fortean Times: The Journal Of Strange Phenomena
"The new edition of The Dinosauria . . . is the book that most scientists and amateurs would agree is the number one 'must have' for anyone seriously interested in dinosaur paleontology."—John R. Hutchinson Journal Of Paleontology
“The ultimate reference on dinosaurs . . . a must for the serious student of dinosaur research.”—Natural History
“A detailed extensive text providing the most up to date information yet on dinosaurs.”—S.E. Northeastern Naturalist
"The Dinosauria (second edition) is a summary and interpretation of the current state of knowledge in dinosaur science . . . an invaluable reference work."—Matthew T. Carrano Palaeontologica Electronica
“The new edition of The Dinosauria marks a major step in the evolution of this science . . . the volume stands as the current definitive summary of our knowledge of these animals.”—Hans C. E. Larsson Science (AAAS)
"Dinosaur biology has advanced at an astonishing pace during the last decade. This updated and expanded edition of The Dinosauria provides an invaluable resource for the specialist and a landmark for those deeply interested in the evolutionary history of these remarkable animals."—Luis M. Chiappe, author of Mesozoic Birds

Supplemental Materials
The following character descriptions and data matrices are available for download. Click on any link to download the file.

Appendix 1.1 Archosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 1.2 Archosauria Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 2.1 Basal Saurischia Character Description (Word)
Appendix 2.2 Basal Saurischia Data Matrix (Excel)
Appendix 3.1 Ceratosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 3.2 Ceratosauria Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 4.1 Basal Tetanurae and Tyrannosauroidea Character Description (Word)
Appendix 4.2 Basal Tetanurae and Tyrannosauroidea Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 6.1 Ornithomimosauria, Troodontidae, and Dromaeosauridae Character Description (Word)
Appendix 6.2 Ornithomimosauria, Troodontidae, and Dromaeosauridae Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 7.1 Therizinosauroidea Character Description (Word)
Appendix 7.2 Therizinosauroidea Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 8.1 Oviraptorosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 8.2 Oviraptorosauria Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 12.1 Prosauropoda Character Description (Word)
Appendix 12.2 Prosauropoda Data Matrix (Excel)
Appendix 13.1 Sauropoda Character Description (Word)
Appendix 13.2a Sauropoda Data Matrix, part one (Excel)
Appendix 13.2b Sauropoda Data Matrix, part two (Excel)
Appendix 15.1 Basal Thyreophora Character Description (Word)
Appendix 15.2 Basal Thyreophora Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 16.1 Stegosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 16.2 Stegosauria Data Matrix (Excel)
Appendix 17.1 Ankylosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 17.2 Ankylosauria Data Matrix (Excel)
Appendix 18.1 Basal Ornithopoda Character Description (Word)
Appendix 18.2 Basal Ornithopoda Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 19.1 Basal Iguanodontia Character Description (Word)
Appendix 19.2 Basal Iguanodontia Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 20.1 Hadrosauridae Character Description (Word)
Appendix 20.2 Hadrosauridae Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 21.1 Pachycephalosauria Character Description (Word)
Appendix 21.2 Pachycephalosauria Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 22.1 Basal Ceratopsia Character Description (Word)
Appendix 22.2 Basal Ceratopsia Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 23.1 Ceratopsidae Character Description (Word)
Appendix 23.2 Ceratopsidae Data Matrix (Word)
Appendix 27.1 Mesozoic Biogeography Cluster Analysis Taxa List (Word)
Appendix 27.2 Mesozoic Biogeography Cluster Analysis Matrix (Excel)

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