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From clone to bone: the synergy of morphological and molecular tools in palaeobiology.Artist/Author: Asher, Robert J & Müller, Johannes
Featuring contributions from leading researchers, this volume provides perspectives on how molecular biology can inform paleontology, directly and indirectly, to better understand life’s past. Paleobiological questions such as genome size, digit homologies, genetic control cascades behind phenotype, estimates of vertebrate divergence dates, and rates of morphological evolution are addressed.
Vertebrate palaeontology.Artist/Author: Benton, Michael J.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Vertebrate palaeontology is a lively field, with new discoveries being reported every week. This new edition reflects the international scope of vertebrate palaeontology, with a special focus on exciting new finds from China. Completely revised, the cladistic framework is strengthened, and new functional and developmental spreads are added. Study aids include: key questions, research to be done, and recommendations of further reading and web sites. The book is designed for palaeontology courses in biology and geology departments. It is also aimed at enthusiasts who want to experience the flavour of how the research is done. The book is strongly phylogenetic, and this makes it a source of current data on vertebrate evolution.
Fossil insects: an introduction to palaeoentomology.Artist/Author: Penney, David, et al.
The fossil record of insects is incredibly diverse in terms of taxonomic scope, age range (Devonian to recent), mode of preservation (amber and rock) and geographical distribution (fossil insects have been recorded from all continents, including Antarctica). In Fossil Insects the authors aim to help bridge the palaeontologyentomology gap by providing a broadly accessible introduction to some of the best preserved fossil insects from a wide range of deposits from around the globe, many of which are beautifully illustrated by colour photographs. Also covered are insect behaviour and ecology in the fossil record, sub-fossil insects, trace fossils and insect species longevity.
Flying dinosaurs: how fearsome reptiles became birds.Artist/Author: Pickrell, John.
Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew as award-winning journalist John Pickrell takes you on a journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic. The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the palaeontological world. Presenting questions such as were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in the evolution of flight? This book reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.
Cenozoic fossils one: Paleogene.Artist/Author: Stinchcomb, Bruce L.
Open this book and take an excursion through the fossil world of the first half of the Cenozoic Era–the Age of Mammals. Over 370 color photos detail the fossil record of this bygone age from small sea creatures to the lumbering rhinoceros, Subhyracodon occidentalis, and rare fossilized bats. The engaging text outlines this fascinating period of geologic time and famous sites including Florissant, Colorado, and Grube Messel, Germany. Collectors will recognize specimens from the Green River Formation and the Oligocene White River Group, and intriguing fossils from lesser-known Early Cenozoic localities around the globe are also shown. Enthusiasts will enjoy the wide range of fossils on display, both accessible fossils any collector might hope to acquire and elusive “trophy” specimens from this era of Earth’s history.
Paleozoic fossils.Artist/Author: Stinchcomb, Bruce L.
Explores the rich fossil record of the Paleozoic Era, from the Cambrian (545 million years ago) through the Permian (almost 300 million years ago) with 650 high quality color photos and detailed, highly readable text. Following his successful work on the earliest fossils, the author now starts at that time in earth’s history when life blossomed into a variety of body plans (phyla), and explores the successive periods of the Paleozoic Era. These include the Cambrian; the early, mid-, and late Ordovician; the Silurian and Devonian with their numerous marine fossils and some of the earth’s first land plants and early fish; the diverse land plants and peculiar marine life of the Carboniferous (Mississippian and Pennsylvanian periods); and the fossils of the Permian, including many fossils of life forms that would go extinct in the worlds greatest extinction event. This is a great book for fossil hunters of all ilks and anyone interested in the early remnants of life. Those who collect or trade fossils will find a useful guide to the values of the fossils.
Cambrian ocean world: ancient sea life of North America.Artist/Author: Foster, John.
Aimed at the general reader, this book presents the life and times of the amazing animals that inhabited Earth more than 500 million years ago. During this critical time in Earth’s history nearly every modern group of animals appeared. Although life had been around for more than 2 million millennia, Cambrian rocks preserve the record of the first appearance of complex animals with eyes, protective skeletons, antennae, and complex ecologies. The cascade of interaction led to an ever-increasing diversification of animal body types. By the end of the period, the ancestors of sponges, corals, jellyfish, worms, mollusks, brachiopods, arthropods, echinoderms, and vertebrates were all in place. The evidence of this Cambrian “explosion” is preserved in rocks all over the world, including North America, where the seemingly strange animals of the period are preserved in exquisite detail in deposits such as the Burgess Shale in British Columbia.
Cambrian Ocean World tells the story of what is, for us, the most important period in our planet’s long history.
Dinosaurs and other reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico.Artist/Author: Rivera-Sylva, Hector E., et al.
Presents an overview of dinosaur discoveries in Mexico that synthesizes current information about the geography and environment of the region during the Mesozoic when it was the western margin of the ancient continent of Pangea. The book summarizes research on various groups, including turtles, lepidosauromorphs, pleisosaurs, crocodyliforms, pterosaurs, and last but not least, dinosaurs. In addition, chapters focus on trackways and other trace fossils and on K/P boundary (the Chicxulub crater, beneath the Gulf of Mexico, has been hypothesized as the site of the boloid impact that killed off the dinosaurs). Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico is an up-to-date, informative volume on an area that has not been comprehensively described until now.
Dinosaurs of the British Isles.Artist/Author: Lomax, Dean R. and Nobumichi Tamura.
This book provides the first comprehensive account of the dinosaurs of the entire British Isles. Since their initial discovery, dinosaur fossils have been documented at numerous locations across the British Isles, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. British dinosaur diversity is high, with theropods, sauropods, ornithopods and thyreophorans (stegosaurs and ankylosaurs) all represented. Remains found across the British Isles represent fragments to complete individuals, comprising unique examples.
The authors summarise what is known about the history of every dinosaur species discovered within the British Isles. They include photographs of hundreds of fossils, many of which are usually hidden from view behind the scenes in various museum collections. These are supplemented by scientifically accurate skeletal reconstructions and vivid life reconstructions of how some of the animals most probably appeared when alive. This book will be of interest to a broad audience, from academics to those with a general interest in fossils. It will no doubt form, in part, the early inspiration for some readers to consider palaeontology as a future career.
Trilobites of the world: an atlas of 1000 photographs.Artist/Author: Lawrance, Pete and Sinclair Stammers.
Dominating the early oceans of the world, Trilobites are extinct arthropods that evolved into a bewildering array of different forms. Fossil trilobite remains are found on every continent. This book shows some of the best preserved, complete examples from many different countries and includes specimens collected from many classic old localities. This book will appeal to everybody interested in trilobites, from academics to fossil enthusiasts and collectors, who will all enjoy the sheer beauty and variety of the trilobites illustrated. This book features almost 700 species, illustrated by 1,000 colour photographs.
Dinosaurs and dioramas: creating natural history exhibitions.Artist/Author: Chicone, Sarah J. and Richard A. Kissel.
Two experienced exhibit designers take you through the detailed process of design and installation of natural history exhibitions. The authors introduce the history and function of natural history museums and their importance in teaching visitors the basic principles of science. The book then offers you practical tricks and tips of the trade, to allow museums, aquaria, and zoos-large or small-to tell the story of nature and science. From overall concept to design, construction, and evaluation, the book carries you through the process step-by-step, with emphasis on the importance of collaboration and teamwork for a successful installation. A crucial addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in exhibit design or natural history museums.
At the top of the grand staircase: the late Cretaceous of southern Utah.Artist/Author: Titus, Alan L. and Mark A. Loewen.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, USA is the location of one of the best-known terrestrial records for the late Cretaceous. A recent major effort has documented over 2,000 new vertebrate fossil sites, provided new radiometric dates, and identified five new genera of ceratopsids, two new species of hadrosaur, a probable new genus of hypsilophodontid, new pachycephalosaurs and ankylosaurs, several kinds of theropods (including a new genus of oviraptor and a new tyrannosaur), plus the most complete specimen of a Late Cretaceous therizinosaur ever collected from North America, and much more. This book documents this major stepping stone toward a synthesis of the ecology and evolution of the Late Cretaceous ecosystems of western North America.