The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

Synopsis

This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. It presents thorough descriptions of more than 735 dinosaur species and features more than 600 color and black-and-white images, including unique skeletal drawings, "life" studies, and scenic views--illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.


Heavily illustrated species accounts of the major dinosaur groups are preceded by an extensive introduction that covers dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of dinosaur paleontology--and that also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs.



The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist.



  • The first authoritative field guide to dinosaurs

  • Covers more than 735 species

  • Beautiful, large-format volume

  • Lavishly illustrated throughout, with more than 600 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including:


    • More than 130 color life studies, including scenic views

    • Close to 450 skeletal, skull, head, and muscle drawings

    • 8 color paleo-distribution maps

    • Color timeline



  • Describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs

Excerpt

Dinosaurs appeared in a world that was both ancient and surprisingly recent—it is a matter of perspective. The human view that the age of dinosaurs was remote in time is an illusion that results from short life spans. A galactic year, the time it takes our solar system to orbit the center of the galaxy, is 200 million years. Only one galactic year ago the dinosaurs had just appeared on planet Earth. When dinosaurs first appeared, our solar system was already well over 4 billion years old, and 95 percent of the history of our planet had already passed. A time traveler arriving on the earth when dinosaurs first appeared would have found it both comfortingly familiar, and marvelously different from our time.

As the moon slowly spirals out from the earth because of tidal drag, the length of each day grows. When dinosaurs first evolved, a day was about 22 hours and 45 minutes long, and the year had 385 days; when they went largely extinct, a day was up to 23 hours and over 30 minutes, and the year was down to 371 days. The moon would have looked a little larger and . . .

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