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About this book
About this book
First compilation in any Western language of this large body of Russian research and the first time so much of this research, previously unexplored by the West, has been introduced in English. Written by a unique mix of Russian and Western palaeontologists, providing an entree to a range of fossil faunas, in particular reptiles, that have been little known outside Russia.
Acknowledgements; Introduction Michael J. Benton, Evgeny N. Kurochkin, Mikhail A. Shiskin and David M. Unwin; Conventions in Russian and Mongolian palaeontological literature Michael J. Benton; Stratigraphic units in the Permo-Mesozoic of Russia and Middle Asia; Mongolian place names and stratigraphic terms; Journals and series; Transliterated names of Russian and Mongolian palaeontologists and geologists; 1. The history of excavation of Permo-Triassic vertebrates from Eastern Europe Vitalii G. Ochev and Mikhail V. Surkov; 2. The amniote faunas of the Russian Permian Sean P. Modesto and N. Rybczynski; 3. Permian and Triassic temnospondyls from Russia Mikhail A. Shishkin, Igor V. Novikov and Yuri M. Gubin; 4. Permian and Triassic anthracosaurs from Eastern Europe Igor V. Novikov, Mikhail A. Shishkin and Valerii K. Golubev; 5. The Russian pareiasaurs Michael S. Y. Lee; 6. Mammal-like reptiles from Russia Bernard Battail and Mikhail V. Surkov; 7. Tetrapod biostratigraphy of the Triassic of Eastern Europe Mikhail A. Shishkin, Vitalii G. Ochev, Vladlen R. Lozovskii and Igor V. Novikov; 8. Early archosaurs from Russia David J. Gower and Andrei G. Sennikov; 9. Procolophonids from the Permo-Triassic of Russia Patrick S. Spencer and Michael J. Benton; 10. Enigmatic small reptiles from the Middle-Late Triassic of Kirgizia David M. Unwin, Vladimir R. Alifanov and Michael J. Benton; 11. Mesozoic marine reptiles of Russia and other former Soviet republics Glenn W. Storrs, Maxim S. Arkhangelskii and Vladimir M. Efimov; 12. Asiatic dinosaur rush Edwin H. Colbert; 13. The Russian-Mongolian expeditions and research in vertebrate palaeontology Evgenii N. Kurochkin and Rinchen Barsbold; 14. The Cretaceous stratigraphy and palaeobiogeography of Mongolia Vladimir F. Shuvalov; 15. Lithostratigraphy and sedimentary settings of the Cretaceous dinosaur beds of Mongolia Tom Jerzykiewicz; 16. Mesozoic amphibians from Mongolia and the Central Asiatic republics Mikhail A. Shishkin; 17. Mesozoic turtles from Mongolia Vladimir B. Sukhanov; 18. The fossil record of Cretaceous lizards from Mongolia Vladimir R. Alifanov; 19. Choristoderes from the Lower Cretaceous of northern Asia Glenn W. Storrs and Mikhail B. Efimov; 20. Mesozoic crocodyliforms of north-central Eurasia Glenn W. Storrs and Mikhail B. Efimov; 21. Pterosaurs from Russia, Middle Asia and Mongolia Natasha N. Bakhurina and David M. Unwin; 22. Theropod dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Mongolia Phillip J. Currie; 23. Sauropods from Mongolia and the former Soviet Union Teresa Maryanska; 24. Ornithopods from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia David B. Norman and Hans-Dieter Sues; 25. The fossil record, systematics and evolution of pachycephalosaurs and ceratopsians from Asia Paul C. Sereno; 26. Armoured dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Mongolia Tat'yana A. Tumanova; 27. Mesozoic birds of Mongolia and the former USSR Evgenii N. Kurochkin; 28. Eggs and eggshells of dinosaurs and birds from the Cretaceous of Mongolia Konstantin E. Mikhailov; 29. Mammals from the Mesozoic of Mongolia Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Boris A. Trofimov and Michael J. Novacek; 30. Mammals from the Mesozoic of Kirghizia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan Alexander O. Aver'yanovn.
736 pages, 112 b/w illus, 211 figs, 29 tabs
'Most of us will never get to Mongolia. Happily, you can find just about anything yet discovered that crawled, walked, swam, or flew in Russia or Mongolia in the 30 chapters and some 650 pages of this book.' Jeff Hecht, New Scientist 'The book fills a niche in the scientific literature. There is no other compact and comprehensive summary of Russian and Mongolian vertebrate palaeontology between the covers of a single volume. The editors deserve congratulations for their initiative, drive and hard work.' Angela C. Milner, Geology '... will remain a useful reference book for many years to come.' Acta Palaeontologica Polonica '... the editors are to be congratulated on putting together a singularly useful volume that will deepen Western understanding and appreciation of the tetrapod assemblages of Russian, Mongolia and Central Asia.' Sue Evans, The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 'The book fills a niche in the scientific literature. There is no other compact and comprehensive summary of Russian and Mongolian vertebrate palaeontology between the covers of a single volume. The editors deserve congratulations for their initiative, drive and hard work. In addition, the book is attractively produced, a convenient easy-to-handle size and well bound ...'. Angela C. Milner, Times Higher Education Supplement