This is the fourth supplement to Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia, a 1998 American Library Association Outstanding Reference Book. This volume updates the concepts discussed in the encyclopedia and its earlier supplements. It includes a discussion of the Mesozoic Era, covers recent discoveries in palaeontology, and furthers the ectothermy/endothermy debate from previous instalments. It also offers lengthy sections on dinosaurian schematics and genera and updates the encyclopedia’s list of excluded genera. Appendices discuss Pterosaurs and Mesozoic birds, and a glossary is included to aid students and scientists alike. The extensive bibliography lists the most recent peer-evaluated palaeontology literature. Supplemental volumes do not repeat information from earlier volumes but build upon them.
Foreword, by Peter J. Makovicky, Ph.D. vii
I. Introduction 1
The Mesozoic Era 17
New Discoveries, Ideas and Studies 22
The Continuing Ectothermy/Endothermy Debate 117
Dinosaurs and Birds 121
Dinosaur Extinctions 130
II. Dinosaurian Systematics 137
III. Dinosaurian Genera 225
IV. Excluded Genera 575
A List of Abbreviations 579
Appendix One: Pterosaurs 583
Appendix Two: Mesozoic Birds 635
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