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Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs: A Look at Dinosaur Reproduction

Popular Science

Series: Life of the Past

By: Kenneth Carpenter(Author)

336 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, tables

Indiana University Press

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #101788 | ISBN: 0253334977
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About this book

Begins with the story of the discovery of dinosaur eggs, explains the processes by which they are fossilized, and describes how they are studied. Also presents a detailed discussion of the most current ideas about dinosaur courtship and mating, about nests and nesting behaviour, and about the growth of the dinosaur from embryo to hatching to young animal.

" [...] a brilliant combination of imagination and science – and one of the best popular science books of the year."
Library Journal (starred review)

"Overall, a fine addition to libraries serving the public."
– D. Bardack, University of Illinois at Chicago, Choice, September 2000



1. First Discoveries
2. Where to Find Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
3. Which Came First, the Lizard or the Egg?
4. The Mating Game
5. How Dinosaurs Did It
6. Making an Egg
7. Eggs as Fossils
8. How to Study a Fossil Egg
9. What's in a Name?
10. The Nest
11. The Embryo and Hatchling
12. Baby Grows Up
13. Eggs and the Death of Dinosaurs


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Kenneth Carpenter is an authority on dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine reptiles and is affiliated with the Denver Museum of Natural History. He has edited important collections of papers dealing with dinosaurs, including Dinosaur Systematics: Approaches and Perspectives (with Philip J. Currie).

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