This volume provides further evidence that we are in the midst of a new golden age of disaur paleontology. It presents further research on the vertebrate life of the Mesozoic as reported by 45 workers in the field. Organized into sections on theropods, sauropods, ornithischians, disaurian fauna, paleopathologies, and ichlogy, these papers represent a broad cross-section of available research. Studies of Charles Sternberg and disaurs in fiction conclude the book. Among the interesting findings presented in Mesozoic Vertebrate Life are a new theropod from Patagonia, a new sauropod and a new ornithodpod from Utah, and studies of the phylogeny and taxomy of the Tyransauridae. There are papers on the feathered disaurs from China and the origins of flight, with colour photographs; speculations on the socioecology of Ceratopsid disaurs; and studies of what can be inferred about disaur behaviour from examining bone pathologies and trackways. These 33 papers represent cutting-edge research on disaurs and other vertebrates from an important period in the life of the past. The book also contains a portfolio of disaur paintings and sculptures.
DARREN TANKE works for the Dinosaur Research Program at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta.KENNETH CARPENTER is an authority on dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine reptiles and is affiliated with the Denver Museum of Natural History. He is author of Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs (Indiana) and has edited important collections of papers dealing with dinosaurs, including Dinosaur Systematics: Approaches and Perspectives (with Philip J. Currie) and The Armored Dinosaurs (forthcoming).