Dinosaurs Without Bones

Dinosaurs Without Bones

Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils

Book - 2014 | 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed. --
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What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone? How would we know these iconic animals had a165-million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land-based environments from pole to pole? What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to learn about their sex lives, raising of young, social lives, combat, and who ate who? What would it take for us to know how fast dinosaurs moved, whether they lived underground, climbed trees, or went for a swim?

Welcome to the world of ichnology, the study of traces and trace fossils--such as tracks, trails, burrows, nests, toothmarks, and other vestiges of behavior--and how through these remarkable clues, we can explore and intuit the rich and complicated lives of dinosaurs. With a unique, detective-like approach, interpreting the forensic clues of these long-extinct animals that leave a much richer legacy than bones, Martin brings the wild world of the Mesozoic to life for the twenty-first century reader.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed. --
ISBN: 9781605984995
Characteristics: 460 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Jun 16, 2014

"You need bones to study dinosaurs. Or do you? In this accessible, engaging book, paleontologist Anthony Martin introduces ichnology, the study of "trace fossils." Encompassing anything that's neither tooth nor bone, trace fossils may include tracks and trails, burrows and nests, tooth and claw marks, skin, and coprolites (fecal fossils). While they may not form an impressive museum display, trace fossils are essential to understanding the biology and behavior of prehistoric lifeforms. A fascinating guide to a lesser-known sub-specialty of a evolving scientific field, Dinosaurs Without Bones may persuade armchair paleontologists to pursue other recent books about dinosaurs, such as Brian Switek's My Beloved Brontosaurus." Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/eaa85527-59b9-4794-85a8-16a62e26054a?postId=f3c1543b-4239-4258-a283-3e26e8d3608f

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