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