What Bugged the Dinosaurs? Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous

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WHAT BUGGED THE
DINOSAURS?
Incects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous

GEORGE POINAR, JR
AND ROBERTA POINAR

WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS
BY THE AUTHORS

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

PRINCETON AND OXFORD

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Fossils- a Time Capsule 7
  • 2 - The Cretaceous- a Time of Change 17
  • 3 - Herbivory 37
  • 4 - Dinosaurs Competing with Insects 50
  • 5 - Did Dinosaurs or Insects [Invent] Flowering Plants? 55
  • 6 - Pollination 57
  • 7 - Blights and Diseases of Cretaceous Plants 63
  • 8 - The Cretaceous- Age of Chimeras and Other Oddities 72
  • 9 - Sanitary Engineers of the Cretaceous 79
  • 10 - The Case for Entomophagy among Dinosaurs 91
  • 11 - Gorging on Dinosaurs 102
  • 12 - Biting Midges 110
  • 13 - Sand Flies 116
  • 14 - Mosquitoes 122
  • 15 - Blackflies 127
  • 16 - Horseflies and Deerflies 131
  • 17 - Fleas and Lice 135
  • 18 - Ticks and Mites 141
  • 19 - Parasitic Worms 147
  • 20 - The Discovery of Cretaceous Diseases 157
  • 21 - Diseases and the Evolution of Pathogens 171
  • 22 - Insects- the Ultimate Survivors 185
  • 23 - Extinctions and the K/T Boundary 192
  • Appendix A - Cretaceous Hexapoda 203
  • Appendix B - Key Factors Contributing to the Survival of Terrestrial Animals 219
  • Appendix C - Problems with Evaluating the Fossil Record and Extinctions 221
  • References 225
  • Index 253
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