Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective

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Richard Moody
Geological Society of London, 2010 - Science - 394 pages
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The discovery of dinosaurs and other large extinct saurians - a term under which the Victorians commonly lumped ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and their kin - makes exciting reading and has caught the attention of palaeontologists, historians of science and the general public alike. The papers in this collection go beyond the familiar tales about famous fossil hunters and focus on relatively little-known episodes in the discovery and interpretation (from both a scientific and an artistic point of view) of dinosaurs and other inhabitants of the Mesozoic world. They cover a long time span, from the beginnings of modern scientific palaeontology in the 1700s to the present, and deal with many parts of the world, from the Yorkshire coast to Central India, from Bavaria to the Sahara. The characters in these stories include professional palaeontologists and geologists (some of them well-known, others quite obscure), explorers, amateur fossil collectors, and artists, linked together by their interest in Mesozoic creatures.
 

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Contents

MOODY R T J BUFFETAUT E NAISH D MARTILL D M Dinosaurs and other extinct
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TORRENS H S William Perceval Hunter 18121878 forgotten English student of
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the dinosaurs and pterosaur
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a palaeontological revolution in Italy
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TURNER S BUREK C V MOODY R T J Forgotten women in an extinct saurian mans
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P RUIZOMENACA J I BARDET N PINUELA L GARciARAMos J C
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India 18281947
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a history in two parts
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Wealden Supergroup dinosaurs and the hypothesis of
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SWITEK B Thomas Henry Huxley and the reptile to bird transition
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HANSEN K L A history of digit identification in the manus of theropods including Aves
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M The early history of pterosaur discovery in Great Britain
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the history of giant pterosaurs from 1870 onwards
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Les Diplodocus by Mathurin
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a historical review
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Index
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BOWDEN A J TRESISE G R SIMKISS W Chirotherium the Liverpool footprint hunters and
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