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Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs 2ed

by Gregory Paul Princeton University Press
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Hbk 360 pages
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The best-selling Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs remains the must-have book for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from amateur enthusiasts to professional paleontologists. Now extensively revised and expanded, this dazzlingly illustrated large-format edition features some 100 new dinosaur species and 200 new and updated illustrations, bringing readers up to the minute on the latest discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs and their world.


Written and illustrated by acclaimed dinosaur expert Gregory Paul, this stunningly beautiful book includes detailed species accounts of all the major dinosaur groups as well as nearly 700 color and blackand- white images—skeletal drawings, “life” studies, scenic views, and other illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods. Paul’s extensively revised introduction delves into dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, the history of dinosaur paleontology, and also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back in time to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth.


  • Now extensively revised and expanded

  • Covers nearly 750 dinosaur species, including scores of newly discovered ones

  • Provides startling new perspectives on famed Brontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus

  • Features nearly 700 color and black-and-white drawings  

  • Includes color paleo-distribution maps and a color timeline

  • Describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds

Preface 6
Acknowledgments 6
History of Discovery and Research 9
What Is a Dinosaur? 13
Dating Dinosaurs 14
The Evolution of Dinosaurs and Their World 15
Extinction 23
After the Age of Dinosaurs 24
Biology 25
General Anatomy 25
Skin, Feathers, and Color 33
Respiration and Circulation 34
Digestive Tracts 36
Senses 36
Vocalization 38
Disease and Pathologies 38
Behavior 39
Brains, Nerves, and Intelligence 39
Social Activities 39
Reproduction 40
Growth 45
Energetics 47
Gigantism 49
Mesozoic Oxygen 52
The Evolution—and Loss—of Avian Flight 53
Dinosaur Safari 54
If Dinosaurs Had Survived 55
Dinosaur Conservation 55
Where Dinosaurs Are Found 56
Using the Group and Species Descriptions 62
Group and Species Accounts
Dinosaurs 69
Theropods 69
Sauropodomorphs 182
Ornithischians 239
Additional Reading 350
Index: Dinosaur Taxa 351
Formations 358

Praise for the first edition:
“You’ll never need to decide whether
that massive beast lumbering through
your front yard is Chasmosaurus belli
or C. sternbergi, but if you did, this
would be a handy book to have on
your windowsill.”
- Laurence A. Marschall, Natural
Gregory S. Paul is a leading dinosaur illustrator and researcher who helped establish the “new look” of the Mesozoic creatures seen in contemporary documentaries and movies. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Nature, and the New York Times.