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Dinosaur Tracks: The Next Steps (Life of the Past) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 15, 2016
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The latest advances in dinosaur ichnology are showcased in this comprehensive and timely volume, in which leading researchers and research groups cover the most essential topics in the study of dinosaur tracks. Some assess and demonstrate state-of-the-art approaches and techniques, such as experimental ichnology, photogrammetry, biplanar X-rays, and a numerical scale for quantifying the quality of track preservation. The high diversity of these up-to-date studies underlines that dinosaur ichnological research is a vibrant field, that important discoveries are continuously made, and that new methods are being developed, applied, and refined. This indispensable volume unequivocally demonstrates that ichnology has an important contribution to make toward a better understanding of dinosaur paleobiology. Tracks and trackways are one of the best sources of evidence to understand and reconstruct the daily life of dinosaurs. They are windows on past lives, dynamic structures produced by living, breathing, moving animals now long extinct, and they are every bit as exciting and captivating as the skeletons of their makers.
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This indispensable volume unequivocally demonstrates that ichnology has an important contribution to make toward a better understanding of dinosaur paleobiology.― BirdBooker Report
[This] book is very well produced and is in color throughout with numerous figures and artwork, and the reproduction of the images is generally excellent. In a field so dominated by interpretation of complex and subtle forms this is an important aspect of the volume and adds significantly to its appeal. This book is an excellent compendium and a timely piece on a rapidly expanding and changing area of research.― Quarterly Review of Biology
Dinosaur Tracks is a benchmark and a must-have for all researchers working on dinosaur tracks and on dinosaurs in general.― Swiss Journal of Palaeontology
Any scientist that considers the study of dinosaur (or other tetrapod) tracks should buy Dinosaur Tracks. For any person, scientifically informed illustrations presented in the book, will give a long-standing positive impression and thus show a value of dinosaur ichnology.-- Andrej Spiridonov ― Priscum, The Newsletter of the Palentological Society
About the Author
Peter L. Falkingham is Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moore's University, United Kingdom.
Daniel Marty is a research paleontologist at the "Paleontology A16" (Office de la culture, Canton Jura, Switzerland).
Annette Richter is Senior Custodian of Earth Sciences and head of the Natural History Department at the Lower Saxony State Museum at Hannover.
- ASIN : 0253021022
- Publisher : Indiana University Press; Illustrated edition (August 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 428 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780253021021
- ISBN-13 : 978-0253021021
- Item Weight : 4.57 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These papers are written by scientists for scientists, so they are technical. But there are sections on the basics, giving introductions to the study of ichnology, principles of sedimentology and track formation, and "dinosaur track terminology", all of which give a good background to the amateur. I learned a lot from these chapters, and would recommend this book to the interested nonprofessional on this basis alone. The book is well illustrated, mostly in color, which is unusual in books of this sort. It can be tedious browsing page after page of black and white track photos, but this is not the case here. It is a beautiful and stimulating book to leaf through. Also, this book is currently available at a discounted price from many sellers, and is well worth picking up.