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Mesozoic Vertebrate Life

Popular Science

Series: Life of the Past

By: Darren Tanke(Editor), Kenneth Carpenter(Editor), Robert L Carroll(Preface By)

577 pages, colour & b/w plates, illustrations, maps, tables

Indiana University Press

Hardback | Dec 2001 | #118961 | ISBN: 0253339073
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This collective volume presents the current knowledge about the Mesozoic reptiles of Patagonia. This is the first book to ever to examine the Mesozoic era in the English language, and the first in any language to treat it in an entire decade. The contributors cover a great amount of material, describing the phylogenetic relationships among the reptiles, their diversity, evolution, and paleobiology. The Patagonian region had a distinctive fauna, which has become much better known over the last 40 years, sometimes due to amazing discoveries. With copious illustrations, Mesozoic Vertebrate Life provides more than a glimpse of a fascinating, ancient past.

"A useful book for many paleontologists, at a reasonable price."
Choice, March 2002


Preface - Introduction to Philip Currie: Robert L. Carroll
Publications of Philip John Currie: Clive Coy

Section I - Theropods
Chapter 1. New Theropod from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia: Rodolfo A. Coria
Chapter 2. On the Type and Referred Material of Laelaps trihedrodon Cope 1877 (Dinosauria, Theropoda): Dan Chure
Chapter 3. Endocranial Anatomy of Carcharodontosaurus saharicus (Theropoda: Allosauroidea) and its Implications for Theropod Brain Evolution: Hans C. E. Larsson
Chapter 4. Lower Jaw of Gallimimus bullatus: Jrn H. Hurum
Chapter 5. Late Cretaceous Oviraptorosaur (Theropoda) Dinosaurs From Montana: David J. Varricchio.
Chapter 6. Tooth Marked Small Theropod Bone - an Extremely Rare Trace: A.R. Jacobsen.
Chapter 7. The Phylogeny And Taxonomy of The Tyrannosauridae: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Chapter 8. A Kerf-and-Drill Model of Tyrannosaur Tooth Serrations: William L. Abler
Chapter 9. Forelimb Osteology and Biomechanics of Tyrannosaurus rex: Kenneth Carpenter and Matt Smith
Chapter 10. Feathered Dinosaurs And The Origin of Flight: Kevin Padian, Ji Qang, and Ji Shu-an

Section II - Sauropods
Chapter 11. New Titanosauriform (Sauropoda) from the Poison Strip Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous), Utah: Virginia Tidwell, Kenneth Carpenter and Susanne Meyer
Chapter 12. Gastroliths from the Lower Cretaceous Sauropod Cedarosaurus weiskopfae: Frank Sanders, Kim Manley and Kenneth Carpenter

Section III - Ornithischians
Chapter 13 New Ornithopod From The Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Eastern Utah: Tony DiCroce and Kenneth Carpenter
Chapter 14. A Baby Ornithopod from the Morrison Formation of Garden Park, Colorado: Kathleen Brill and Kenneth Carpenter
Chapter 15. Evidence of Hatchling and Nestling-Sized Hadrosaurs (Reptilia: Ornithischia) from Dinosaur Provincial Park (Dinosaur Park Formation: Campanian), Alberta, Canada: Darren H. Tanke and M.K. Brett-Surman
Chapter 16. Taphonomy and Paleoenvironment of a Hadrosaur (Dinosauria) from the Matanuska Formation (Turonian) in Southcentral Alaska, U.S.: Anne D. Pasch and Kevin C. May
Chapter 17. Primitive Armored Dinosaur from the Lufeng Basin, China: Dong Zhiming.
Chapter 18. A Montanoceratops cerorhynchus (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) Braincase from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta, Canada. Peter J. Makovicky.
Chapter 19. Speculations on the Socioecology of Ceratopsid Dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Neoceratopsia): Scott D. Sampson.

Section IV - Dinosaurian Faunas
Chapter 20. Dinosaurs of Alberta (exclusive of Aves): Michael J. Ryan and Anthony P. Russell.
Chapter 21. Two Medicine Formation, Montana: Geology and Fauna: David Trexler
Chapter 22. Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Provinciality: Thomas M. Lehman

Section V - Paleopathologies
Chapter 23. Theropod Stress Fractures and Tendon Avulsions as a Clue to Activity: Bruce Rothschild, Darren H. Tanke and Tracy Ford
Chapter 24. Theropod Paleopathology: a Literature Survey: R. E. Molnar
Chapter 25. Dinosaurian Humeral Periostitis : a Case of a Juxtacortical Lesion in the Fossil Record: Lorrie McWhinney, Kenneth Carpenter and Bruce Rothschild
Chapter 26. Pathological Amniote Eggshell - Fossil and Modern: Karl F. Hirsch

Section VI - Ichnology
Chapter 27. The Impact of Sedimentology on Vertebrate Track Studies: G.C. Nadon.
Chapter 28. Acrocanthosaurus and the Maker of Comanchean Large Theropod Footprints: James O. Farlow.
Chapter 29. Trackways of Large Quadrupedal Ornithopods from the Cretaceous: a Review: Martin G. Lockley and Joanna L. Wright
Chapter 30. First Reports of Bird and Ornithopod Tracks from the Lakota Formation (Early Cretaceous), Black Hills, South Dakota: Martin Lockley, Paul Janke and Leon Theisen.
Chapter 31. New Ichnotaxa of Bird and Mammal Footprints from the Lower Cretaceous (Albian) Gates Formation of Alberta: Richard T. McCrea and William A.S. Sarjeant

Section VII - Dinosaurs and Human History
Chapter 32. Bones of Contention: Charles H. Sternberg's Lost Dinosaurs: David A.E. Spalding
Chapter 33. Dinosaurs in Fiction: William A.S. Sarjeant


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Darren Tanke works for the Dinosaur Research Program at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta.

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

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