At the Top of the Grand Staircase

Author: Alan L. Titus
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253008961
Release Date: 2013-10-09
Genre: Science

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is the location of one of the best-known terrestrial records for the late Cretaceous. A major effort in the new century has documented over 2,000 new vertebrate fossil sites, provided new radiometric dates, and identified five new genera of ceratopsids, two new species of hadrosaur, a probable new genus of hypsilophodontid, new pachycephalosaurs and ankylosaurs, several kinds of theropods (including a new genus of oviraptor and a new tyrannosaur), plus the most complete specimen of a Late Cretaceous therizinosaur ever collected from North America, and much more. At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah documents this major stepping stone toward a synthesis of the ecology and evolution of the Late Cretaceous ecosystems of western North America.

Fossil Record 5

Author: Robert M. Sullivan
Publisher: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Release Date: 2016-01-01


Author: David A. Eberth
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253013903
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Genre: Science

Hadrosaurs—also known as duck-billed dinosaurs—are abundant in the fossil record. With their unique complex jaws and teeth perfectly suited to shred and chew plants, they flourished on Earth in remarkable diversity during the Late Cretaceous. So ubiquitous are their remains that we have learned more about dinosaurian paleobiology and paleoecology from hadrosaurs than we have from any other group. In recent years, hadrosaurs have been in the spotlight. Researchers around the world have been studying new specimens and new taxa seeking to expand and clarify our knowledge of these marvelous beasts. This volume presents the results of an international symposium on hadrosaurs, sponsored by the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum, where scientists and students gathered to share their research and their passion for duck-billed dinosaurs. A uniquely comprehensive treatment of hadrosaurs, the book encompasses not only the well-known hadrosaurids proper, but also Hadrosaouroidea, allowing the former group to be evaluated in a broader perspective. The 36 chapters are divided into six sections—an overview, new insights into hadrosaur origins, hadrosaurid anatomy and variation, biogeography and biostratigraphy, function and growth, and preservation, tracks, and traces—followed by an afterword by Jack Horner.

Fossil Record 4

Author: Robert M. Sullivan
Publisher: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Fossils

Dinosaurs of Utah

Author: Frank DeCourten
Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
ISBN: UOM:49015003417871
Release Date: 1998-08-07
Genre: Nature

Traces the history of one of the world's most productive dinosaur-fossil producing regions, and describes the Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystem that produced them

Where Dinosaurs Roamed

Author: Christa Sadler
ISBN: 0962223352
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: Science

The Grand Staircase region, located in Southern Utah, is highly regarded as one of the best places in the world to study the period near the end of the Age of Dinosaurs--a time called the Late Cretaceous. In a relatively short period (geologically speaking) of about 25 million years, southern Utah was at times covered with an ocean teeming with life, swampy shorelines, and massive rivers draining a huge mountain range in the west. This diversity of plant and animal life has led to incredible fossil discoveries in the Late Cretaceous rocks, that have become a critical piece in a puzzle that stretches from Alaska to Mexico. In Where Dinosaurs Roamed, Christa Sadler looks at this important era in the history of life. Modern mammals, birds, and flowering plants were just getting their start, slowly gaining ground in the ecosystems of the time. Many of the fossils that paleontologists have found in southern Utah are unique: big, headline-grabbing creatures such as a dinosaur with fifteen horns; a distinctive cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex; a peculiar scissor-clawed dinosaur with feathers; and a thirty-foot long alligator relative. Add to this a host of smaller vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants, and paleontologists have been able to recreate entire ecosystems from the time between 74 and 100 million years ago. Altogether, these finds paint a picture of life in a very hot world, and may have lessons to teach us about our future world as well.

Survey Notes

ISBN: MINN:31951D03037789G
Release Date: 2014-05
Genre: Geology

Fossil Mammals of Asia

Author: Xiaoming Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231150125
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Science

"This book is on the emergence of mammals in Asia, based largely on new fossil finds throughout Asia and cutting-edge biostratigraphic and geochemical methods of dating the fossils and their geological substrate"--Provided by publisher.

Rhinoceros Giants

Author: Donald R. Prothero
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253008190
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Nature

A book for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres introduces a prime candidate for the largest land mammal that ever lived--the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals lived in Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 2 metres / 6 feet long, stood over 7 meters / 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were nearly twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 20,000 kg / 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, although they must have made predators think twice before trying to bring them down. In this book for lovers of ancient creatures great and small, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery by palaeontologists just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died, with some interesting side trips along the way.

New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs

Author: Michael J. Ryan
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253007797
Release Date: 2010-06-22
Genre: Science

Easily distinguished by the horns and frills on their skulls, ceratopsians were one of the most successful of all dinosaurs. This volume presents a broad range of cutting-edge research on the functional biology, behavior, systematics, paleoecology, and paleogeography of the horned dinosaurs, and includes descriptions of newly identified species.

Vertebrate Paleontology in Utah

Author: David D. Gillette
Publisher: Utah Geological Survey
ISBN: 9781557916341
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Science

The 52 papers in this vary in content from summaries or state-of-knowledge treatments, to detailed contributions that describe new species. Although the distinction is subtle, the title (Vertebrate Paleontology in Utah) indicates the science of paleontology in the state of Utah, rather than the even more ambitious intent if it were given the title “Vertebrate Paleontology of Utah” which would promise an encyclopedic treatment of the subject. The science of vertebrate paleontology in Utah is robust and intense. It has grown prodigiously in the past decade, and promises to continue to grow indefinitely. This research benefits everyone in the state, through Utah’s muse ums and educational institutions, which are the direct beneficiaries.

Paleozoic Fossil Plants

Author: Bruce L. Stinchcomb
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 0764343270
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Nature

A collection of photographs of plant fossils from the Paleozoic era, including marine plants, ferns, and early vascular plants and conifers.