Absolutely Australia's Lowest Prices

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

The Sauropod Dinosaurs
By

Rating
From The Land Before Time to Jurassic Park, images of fantastically large, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs have captured our imaginations. These are the sauropods: centerpieces of museums and gentle giants of the distant past. Imagine what it must have been like to crest a hill and see in the valley below not just one sauropod, but an entire herd, feeding its way across the landscape. The most massive land animals ever to have lived, sauropods roamed widely across the continents through most of the "Age of Dinosaurs" from about 220 to 65 million years ago. They reached incredible sizes, giving rise to the question: Why were they so big? Early guesses suggested that they gained protection from predators by virtue of their size, which also allowed them to reach the tops of trees in order to eat leaves and conifer needles. More recent hypotheses hold that they needed a long and complicated digestive tract due to their consumption of low-nutrient food sources: size was an offshoot of that need. Whatever the explanation, there is little doubt that natural selection produced something extraordinary when the Sauropoda diversified into a wide variety of species. This book combines majestic artwork and the best of paleontological research to resurrect the lives of sauropods. The Sauropod Dinosaurs shows how these amazing creatures raised and defended their young, traveled in groups, and interacted with the rich diversity of Mesozoic plants and animals. Beautiful enough to sit on the coffee table, the book also serves as the best reference available on these bygone giants. Anyone with a passion for dinosaurs or prehistoric life will cherish this once-in-a-generation masterpiece. The book includes the following features:* Over 200 full-color illustrations* More than 100 color photographs from museums, field sites, and collections around the world* Thoughtfully placed drawings and charts* Clearly written text reviewed by major sauropod researchers* Descriptions of the latest sauropod concepts and discoveries* A field guide to major groups of sauropods* Detailed skeletal reconstructions and anatomical restorations* A comprehensive glossary
Product Details

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Sizing Up Sauropods2. Parting of the Ways3. A Sauropod Field Guide4. Of Bones and Bridges5. Brontosaur Biology6. Conifer Cuisine7. A Sauropod in the Lab8. The Next Generation9. Predator and Prey10. The Ancient Race11. End of Eden?12. Summing Up SauropodsGlossarySources and Suggested ReadingPhotography and Illustration CreditsIndex

About the Author

Naturalist Mark Hallett's art and writing has appeared in Life, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic. An artistic consultant for Jurassic Park and Dinosaur, he has created dinosaur art and models for the Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios. Mathew J. Wedel is a well-recognized sauropod expert and an associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences. He has coauthored papers naming the sauropods Sauroposeidon and Brontomerus.

Reviews

... the book is exceedingly well written-the text is captivating, without resorting to hyperbole or oversimplification. Recommended. * Choice * Every time you open this book you will find something new and interesting about these giant animals! -- Raif (age 6!) * Kid's Book Buzz *

Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » Science » Biology » General
Home » Books » Science » Nature » Dinosaurs
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top