This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative disaur book in the style of a field guide. World-rewned disaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living disaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we kw about disaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. It presents thorough descriptions of more than 735 disaur species and features more than 600 color and black-and-white images, including unique skeletal drawings, 'life' studies, and scenic views - illustrations that depict the full range of disaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods. Heavily illustrated species accounts of the major disaur groups are preceded by an extensive introduction that covers disaur history and biology, the extinction of navian disaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of disaur paleontology - and that also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the time of the disaurs. The Princeton Field Guide to Disaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves disaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist. The first authoritative field guide to disaurs, it covers more than 735 species. It is a beautiful, large-format volume. It is lavishly illustrated throughout, with more than 600 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including: more than 130 color life studies, including scenic views; close to 450 skeletal, skull, head, and muscle drawings; 8 color paleo-distribution maps; and, color timeline. It describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of disaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of navian disaurs.
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, including Jurassic Park , for which he served as a consultant. His books include Predatory Dinosaurs of the World (Simon & Schuster), The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs (St. Martin's), and Dinosaurs of the Air . His work has also appeared in Scientific American , Nature , the New York Times , and many other publications.
Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011. Commended for PROSE Awards: Single Volume Reference - Science 2010.