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- DescriptionThis captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of disaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading disaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past twenty-five years, the most active period in the history of disaur paleontology, during which more 'new' species were named than in all prior history. With these discoveries - and the most recent controversies - in mind, Sampson reconstructs the odyssey of the disaurs from their humble origins on the supercontinent Pangaea, to their reign as the largest animals the planet has ever kwn, and finally to their abrupt demise. Much more than the story of who ate whom way back when, Disaur Odyssey places disaurs in an expansive web of relationships with other organisms and demonstrates how they provide a powerful lens through which to observe the entire natural world. Addressing topics such as extinction, global warming, and energy flow, Disaur Odyssey finds that the disaurs' story is, in fact, a major chapter in our own story.
- Author BiographyScott D. Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and educator. He serves as Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he continues dinosaur research and actively pursues writing and consulting projects surrounding education reform and sustainability.
- Author(s)Scott D. Sampson
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2011
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note13 color illustrations, 5 b/w photographs, 59 line illustrations
- Weight908 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Foreword byPhilip J. Currie
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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