When the The Dinosauria was first published more than a decade ago, it was hailed as "the best scholarly reference work available on dinosaurs" and "an historically unparalleled compendium of information". This second, fully revised edition continues in the same vein as the first but encompasses the recent spectacular discoveries that have continued to revolutionize the field. A state-of-the-science view of current world research, The Dinosauria includes comprehensive coverage of dinosaur systematics, reproduction, and life history strategies, biogeography, taphonomy, paleoecology, thermoregulation, and extinction. Its internationally renowned authors – forty-four specialists on the various members of the Dinosauria – contribute definitive descriptions and illustrations of these magnificent Mesozoic beasts.
The first section of The Dinosauria begins with the origin of the great clade of these fascinating reptiles, followed by separate coverage of each major dinosaur taxon, including the Mesozoic radiation of birds. The second part of The Dinosauria navigates through broad areas of interest. Here we find comprehensive documentation of dinosaur distribution through time and space, discussion of the interface between geology and biology, and the paleoecological inferences that can be made through this link. This new edition will be the benchmark reference for everyone who needs authoritative information on dinosaurs.
Abbreviations for Figures
SECTION ONE: DINOSAUR SYSTEMATICS
SECTION TWO: DINOSAUR DISTRIBUTION AND BIOLOGY
David B. Weishampel is a Professor at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is coauthor, with D. E. Fastovsky, of The Evolution and Extinction of Dinosaurs (1996) and coauthor, with L. Young, of Dinosaurs of the East Coast (1996).
Peter Dodson is Professor of Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the author of The Horned Dinosaurs: A Natural History.
Halszka Osmólska is Professor of Paleontology at the Paleobiological Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
"The new edition of The Dinosauria marks a major step in the evolution of this science [...] the volume stands as the current definitive summary of our knowledge of these animals."
– Hans C. E. Larsson, Science (AAAS)
"A detailed extensive text providing the most up to date information yet on dinosaurs."
– S.E. Northeastern Naturalist
"The Dinosauria (second edition) is a summary and interpretation of the current state of knowledge in dinosaur science [...] an invaluable reference work."
– Matthew T. Carrano, Palaeontologica Electronica
"The Dinosauria is the ultimate work on one of the planet's most famous groups of animals, and the second edition of the most important volume on dinosaurs [...] The amount of information in The Dinosauria is awesome and everyone interested in dinosaurs will want it."
– Darren Naish, Fortean Times: The Journal Of Strange Phenomena
"The ultimate reference on dinosaurs [...] a must for the serious student of dinosaur research."
– Natural History
"The new edition of The Dinosauria [...] is the book that most scientists and amateurs would agree is the number one 'must have' for anyone seriously interested in dinosaur paleontology."
– John R. Hutchinson, Journal Of Paleontology
"Dinosaur biology has advanced at an astonishing pace during the last decade. This updated and expanded edition of The Dinosauria provides an invaluable resource for the specialist and a landmark for those deeply interested in the evolutionary history of these remarkable animals."
– Luis M. Chiappe, author of Mesozoic Birds