Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life

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University of California Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Science - 352 pages
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This captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of dinosaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading dinosaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past twenty-five years, the most active period in the history of dinosaur paleontology, during which more "new" species were named than in all prior history. With these discoveries—and the most recent controversies—in mind, Sampson reconstructs the odyssey of the dinosaurs from their humble origins on the supercontinent Pangaea, to their reign as the largest animals the planet has ever known, and finally to their abrupt demise. Much more than the story of who ate whom way back when, Dinosaur Odyssey places dinosaurs in an expansive web of relationships with other organisms and demonstrates how they provide a powerful lens through which to observe the entire natural world. Addressing topics such as extinction, global warming, and energy flow, Dinosaur Odyssey finds that the dinosaurs' story is, in fact, a major chapter in our own story.
 

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Dinosaurs are totally rad, by which I mean sweet. This book would have been more awesome if it had featured more gnarly pictures of dinosaurs, which are totally badass. Read full review

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Contents

1 TREASURE ISLAND
1
2 STARDUST SAURIANS
19
3 DRAMATIS DINOSAURAE
35
4 DRIFTING CONTINENTS ANDGLOBETROTTINGDINOSAURS
53
5 SOLAR EATING
71
6 THE RIVER OF LIFE
87
7 THE GREEN GRADIENT
103
8 PANOPLY OF PREDATORS
123
12 CINDERELLASAURUS
193
13 JURASSIC PARK DREAMS
213
14 WEST SIDE STORY
233
15 THE WAY OF ALL CREATURES
255
Whispers from the Grave
273
NOTES AND REFERENCES
283
GLOSSARY
305
ART AND PHOTOGRAPH CREDITS
317

9 HIDDEN STRANDS
143
10OF HORNHEADSAND DUCKBILLS
157
11 THE GOLDILOCKS HYPOTHESIS
175

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Scott D. Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and educator. He serves as Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he continues dinosaur research and actively pursues writing and consulting projects surrounding education reform and sustainability.

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