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Tracking Dinosaurs : A New Look at an Ancient World - Martin G. Lockley

Tracking Dinosaurs

A New Look at an Ancient World

Paperback Published: 3rd February 1992
ISBN: 9780521425988
Number Of Pages: 264

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Tracking Dinosaurs is the first non-technical, popular science book on dinosaur footprints and what they reveal about dinosaurs and their habitats. Billions of dinosaur tracks have been found in recent years and through careful examination of these prehistoric clues, dinosaur trackers have discovered much about how and where dinosaurs lived. This book deals with this landslide of new information that has accumulated in recent decades, demonstrating that fossil footprints are neither rare nor insignificant as previously supposed. A complete guide to dinosaur tracking, the book begins with a discussion of the meaning of tracks, how tracks provide information about dinosaur locomotion, behaviour, ecology and environmental impact. Next, the author describes how dinosaur trackers find and preserve these fossil footprints. This is followed by a detailed description of where to find dinosaur tracks. Popular myths and misconceptions are reviewed and in many cases dispelled, leading to a new perspective on how tracks improve our understanding of dinosaurs. Did brontosaurs really swim? Did dinosaurs travel in structured herds? These questions and many more are discussed in an easy and straightforward style. Dinosaur enthusiasts will be fascinated by what is revealed in these pages, as will geologists and biologists with an interest in paleontology. The accessible writing style and numerous illustrations, including eight pages of colour photogtraphs, make this book appropriate for all people with a general interest in science and natural history.

' ... a good introduction to dinosaur footprint studies aimed, I guess, at enthusiastic amateurs.' East Midlands Geological Society

Preface
Track facts: what, where, and when
The meaning of tracks
Understanding track preservation
Discovery and documentation
Classification: a field guide to dinosaur tracks
Individual behavior
Social behavior
Ancient ecology
Evolution
Dinosaur tracks and ancient environments
Trampled underfoot
Megatracksites: a new era in tracking
Myths and misconceptions
The dinosaur trackers
Epilogue: Trail to the twenty-first century
Where to visit dinosaur tracksites
Glossary
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521425988
ISBN-10: 0521425980
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 3rd February 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.78  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.48