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Dinosaur Tracks and other Footprints of Europe

By: Martin Lockley and Christian Meyer

323 pages, 38 photos, 96 illus

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Mar 2000 | #101702 | ISBN: 0231107102
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Presents a synthesis of the recent findings in the field of European fossil footprints. Drawing extensively on their own research in Britain, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere, the authors create a dynamic picture of mammal, reptile, bird and amphibian "track makers" throughout more than 300 million years of vertebrate evolution, placed in the context of Europe's changing ancient environments.

"Well-researched and referenced...of value to the novice, and the reference section...can be easily traced to supplement the contents of the book...Readable, well-presented, ...this will undoubtedly be a valuable acquisition." -- David Norman, "Geological Magazine 2000"


1. Introduction to TrackingThe Importance of Fossil FootprintsHow to Study Ancient TracksIndividual BehaviorWhere to Go TrackingNaming FootprintsWho Dun It? Identifying Ancient TrackmakersTime and Time AgainCollecting Footprint DataSocial BehaviorUsing Trackways to Read Ancient Ecology: The Ichnofacies ConceptTracks and Bones: Two Pieces of an Incomplete PuzzleThe Mysteries of Track Preservation2. The Tradition of Tracking Dinosaurs in EuropeEarliest DiscoveriesThe Oldest European Trackmakers:I: Dragging Through the DevonianII: Cruising in the CarboniferousOf Deserts and SwampsRotligiendes: Permian Trackway HeavenThe German Summit ConferenceStuck in the Mud: The Complete Trace of a Hammerhead AmphibianThe First Pareiasaur TrackwayPangean Globetrotters3. Dawn of the Mesozoic: The Early and Middle TriassicThe Story of Chirotherium: The Dawn of the ArchosaursSex in the Footprint BedTracks as Keys to Evolution and LocomotionLizard ancestors and Proto-mammals with Hairy FeetThe World's Oldest Dinosaur Tracks: Fact, Fiction, and ControversyFuture Directions4. The First Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic EpochWelsh Dinosaurs at the Jolly Sailor PubThe March of the ProsauropodsLearning Tracking from the Bushmen: "C'est l'Afrique"A Beautiful but Elusive TrackHigh-Altitude Tracks in the Swiss Alpsvon Huene's Little Dinosaur Track: CoelurosaurichusFuture Directions: Digging Deeper in the Late TriassicA Once Green and Pleasant Land5. Early JurassicNoah's Raven Visits EuropeFrance: The Le Veillon SitesFrance: The Causses RegionFrance: Sanary sur MerTracks from Swedish Coal Mines and Railroad TunnelsTracking Dinosaurs in the Holy Cross Mountains, PolandTrackway Evidence for the Early Origin of StegosaursThe First Sauropods? Evidence from Italy6. The Dark Ages: Middle JurassicDinosaurs in the Great Deltas of YorkshireGlimpse of a Dinosaur from the Dark AgesThe First Iberian SauropodsMr. Pooley's Enigmatic Track DiscoveryDinosaur Tracks from the Western IslesThe Tip of the Ichnologic Iceberg7. The Age of Brontosaurs: Late JurassicMegalosaur TracksSauropods on the Rise: Germany, Iberia, and SwitzerlandBaby BrontosaursSocial SauropodsThe Swiss MegatracksiteThe Dinosaur Disco: An Ancient Stomping GroundSmaller SpoorTurtles and Hopping DinosaursSpoor of the PterosaurA Note on the Brontopodus Ichnofacies, and Other Carbonate IchnofaciesThe First Ankylosaur Tracks8. The Age of Iguanodon: Early CretaceousArchosaurs in the Air (Pterosaurian Giants)Europe's Early BirdsThe Age of IguanodonIguanodon and Conan Doyle's Lost WorldLa RiojaTheropod TracksSauropod TracksOrnithopod TracksMore Spoor of the PterosaurFarther Along the Trail of the Elusive AnkylosaurDalmatian DinosaursArctic Dinosaurs9. The End of the Dinosaur Trail: Upper CretaceousThe Battle of CarenqueMore Dalmatian DinosaursThe Last of the Brontosaurs: Tracking Titanosaurs in the High PyreneesThe Last European Dinosaurs10. New HorizonsThe Age of Mammals and BirdsThe Quiet Dawn: Paleocene-EoceneOligocene Act I: Tracking Ronzotherium, an Early RhinoOligocene Act II. An Abundance of WaterfowlA Miocene MenagerieTracking Ancestors of the Cat: Miocene of SpainPliocene InterludePleistocene: Ice Age TrackmakersSubterranean Tracking: Hominid IchnologyCave Art to Forensics: The Signature of Modern Humanity

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Martin Lockley is professor of geology and director of the Dinosaur Trackers Research Group at the University of Colorado, Denver, and is the author of five books on fossil footprints and several hundred scientific articles on diverse subjects in paleontology. Christian Meyer is currently an invited professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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