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Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe - Martin G. Lockley

Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe

Hardcover Published: 7th March 2000
ISBN: 9780231107105
Number Of Pages: 360
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The long and distinguished tradition of tracking dinosaurs and other extinct animals in Europe dates back to the 1830s. Yet this venerable tradition of scientific activity cannot compare in magnitude and scope with the unprecedented spate of discovery and documentation of the last few years. Now, following on the heels of his "Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of the Western United States, " Martin Lockley teams up with Christian Meyer to present an up to date synthesis of the recent findings in the field of European fossil footprints. Drawing extensively on their own research results from studies in Britain, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere, the authors create a dynamic picture of mammal, reptile, bird, and amphibian "track-makers" throughout more than 300 million years of vertebrate evolution, placed in the context of Europe's changing ancient environments.

Beginning with an introduction to tracking and a history of the European tracking tradition, "Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe" then charts a broad path of evolutionary proliferation from the proto-dinosaurs of the Early Triassic period to the dinosaurs' decline and disappearance in the Upper Cretaceous. The survey continues into the age of mammals and birds, ending with the cave art of our Paleolithic ancestors.

"Well-researched and referenced...of value to the novice, and the reference section...can be easily traced to supplement the contents of the book...Readable, well-presented, ...this will undoubtedly be a valuable acquisition." -- David Norman, "Geological Magazine 2000" "Well-researched and referenced...of value to the novice, and the reference section...can be easily traced to supplement the contents of the book...Readable, well-presented, ...this will undoubtedly be a valuable acquisition." -- David Norman, Geological Magazine 2000 "Well-researched and referenced...of value to the novice, and the reference section...can be easily traced to supplement the contents of the book...Readable, well-presented, ...this will undoubtedly be a valuable acquisition." -- David Norman, "Geological Magazine 2000"

Preface: The Dinosaur-Tracking Renaissance in Europep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction to Trackingp. 1
The Importance of Fossil Footprintsp. 1
How to Study Ancient Tracksp. 2
Individual Behaviorp. 4
Where to Go Trackingp. 7
Naming Footprintsp. 8
Who Dun It? Identifying Ancient Trackmakersp. 9
Time and Time Againp. 10
Collecting Footprint Datap. 11
Social Behaviorp. 13
Using Trackways to Read Ancient Ecology: The Ichnofacies Conceptp. 15
Tracks and Bones: Two Pieces of the Incomplete Puzzlep. 16
The Mysteries of Track Preservationp. 17
The Tradition of Tracking Dinosaurs in Europep. 25
Earliest Discoveriesp. 25
The Oldest European Trackmakersp. 28
Dragging Through the Devonianp. 29
Cruising the Carboniferousp. 31
Of Deserts and Swampsp. 35
Rotliegendes: Permian Trackway Heavenp. 38
The German Summit Conferencep. 44
Stuck in the Mud: The Complete Trace of a Hammerhead Amphibianp. 46
The First Pareiasaur Trackwayp. 47
Pangaean Globetrottersp. 48
Dawn of the Mesozoic: The Early and Middle Triassicp. 53
The Story of Chirotherium: The Dawn of the Archosaursp. 53
Sex in the Footprint Bedp. 59
Tracks as Keys to Evolution and Locomotionp. 59
Lizard Ancestors and Proto-mammals with Hairy Feetp. 64
The World's Oldest Dinosaur Tracks: Fact, Fiction, and Controversyp. 67
Future Directionsp. 71
The First Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic Epochp. 79
Welsh Dinosaurs at the Jolly Sailor Pubp. 79
The March of the Prosauropodsp. 84
Learning Tracking from the Bushmen: "C'est l'Afrique"p. 88
A Beautiful but Elusive Trackp. 91
High-Altitude Tracks in the Swiss Alpsp. 93
Von Huene's Little Dinosaur Track: Coelurosaurichnusp. 95
Future Directions: Digging Deeper in the Late Triassicp. 97
A Once Green and Pleasant Landp. 99
Early Jurassicp. 105
Noah's Raven Visits Europep. 105
France: The Le Veillon Sitesp. 106
France: The Causses Regionp. 111
France: Sanary sur Merp. 114
Tracks from Swedish Coal Mines and Railroad Tunnelsp. 115
Tracking in the Holy Cross Mountains, Polandp. 117
Trackway Evidence for the Early Origin of Stegosaursp. 122
The First Sauropods? Evidence from Italyp. 126
The Dark Ages: Middle Jurassicp. 133
Dinosaurs in the Great Deltas of Yorkshirep. 133
Glimpse of a Dinosaur from the Dark Agesp. 136
The First Iberian Sauropodsp. 137
Mr. Pooley's Enigmatic Track Discoveryp. 143
Dinosaur Tracks from the Western Islesp. 144
The Tip of the Ichnologic Icebergp. 145
The Age of Brontosaurs: Late Jurassicp. 151
Megalosaur Tracksp. 151
Sauropods on the Rise: Germany, Iberia, and Switzerlandp. 158
Baby Brontosaursp. 161
Social Sauropodsp. 166
The Swiss Megatracksitep. 169
The Dinosaur Disco: An Ancient Stomping Groundp. 171
Smaller Spoorp. 173
Turtles and Hopping Dinosaursp. 175
Spoor of the Pterosaurp. 178
A Note on the Brontopodus Ichnofacies and Other Carbonate Ichnofaciesp. 181
The First Ankylosaur Tracksp. 182
The Age of Iguanodon: Early Cretaceousp. 189
Archosaurs in the Air (Pterosaurian Giants)p. 189
Europe's Early Birdsp. 191
The Age of Iguanodonp. 193
Iguanodon and Conan Doyle's Lost Worldp. 201
La Riojap. 204
More Spoor of the Pterosaurp. 213
Farther Along the Trail of the Elusive Ankylosaurp. 216
Dalmatian Dinosaursp. 217
Arctic Dinosaursp. 220
The End of the Dinosaur Trail: Upper Cretaceousp. 229
The Battle of Carenquep. 229
More Dalmatian Dinosaurs and Dwarfsp. 232
The Last of the Brontosaurs: Tracking Titanosaurs in the High Pyreneesp. 234
The Last European Dinosaursp. 238
New Horizonsp. 243
The Age of Mammals and Birdsp. 243
The Quiet Dawn: Paleocene-Eocenep. 244
Tracking Ronzotherium, an Early Rhinop. 246
An Abundance of Waterfowlp. 248
A Miocene Menageriep. 252
Tracking Ancestors of the Cat: Miocene of Spainp. 255
Pliocene Interludep. 256
Pleistocene: Ice Age Trackmakersp. 257
Subterranean Tracking: Hominid Ichnologyp. 259
Cave Art to Forensics: The Signature of Modern Humanityp. 264
Appendixp. 273
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780231107105
ISBN-10: 0231107102
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 7th March 2000
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.81  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.81
Edition Number: 2

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