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Re: The Poling Reader
On Wed, 28 Jun 1995, Jeff Poling wrote:
> 2). _Quest for the African Dinosaurs_, Louis L. Jacobs, 1993. A book
> purportedly about dinosaurs in Africa; a more apt title would be "My African
> Adventure." I was about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the book and he still
> hadn't talked about dinosaurs yet. I gave up.
Please don't give up on this one.
Here are some recently published texts that I've received
during the past two weeks. These may be of interest:
Colbert, Edwin H. 1995.
THE LITTLE DINOSAURS OF GHOST RANCH. New York: Columbia
University Press. xiv + 250 pages. US $29.95.
COMMENTS: A delightfully wonderful work from the paleontologist
"who lit so many candles" (see the dedication page in THE DINOSAURIA). To
quote Dr. David B. Weishampel: "THE LITTLE DINOSAURS OF GHOST RANCH . . .
gives life, history, and personality to the practice of the science of
dinosaur paleontology. Colbert's book provides ample evidence of the
joys, trials, and tribulations of learning about the 'little dinosaurs of
Ghost Ranch,' but especially about their important role in our
understanding of the evolution and life of the past."
Norell, Mark A., Eugene S. Gaffney, and Lowell Dingus. 1995.
DISCOVERING DINOSAURS IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.
Forward by Angela Milner, The Natural History Museum, London. New York:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. xx + 204 pages. US $35.
COMMENTS: This publication of this handsome volume coincides with
the public unveiling of the AMNH's renovated dinosaur exhibits. The text
and illustrations recount the history of the Museum's involvement and
leadership in dinosaur research, both in field and laboratory, and give
readers clearly written, up-to-date information and views on dinosaur
biology, structure, behavior, and ecology.
The text begins with an overview of "The Evolutionary
Relationships of Dinosaurs as Determined by Cladistics." The following
section (96 pages) level-headedly deals with 50 "Questions about
Dinosaurs." Next comes "The Great Hall of Dinosaurs," a 98-page
species-by-species account of the Museum's display specimens (including
museum numbers, collectors and date of collections, localities, geologic
formations, and other pertinent information). The text puts each specimen
in context with regard to its importance to current understanding of
dinosaur relationships and biology. The last 10 pages of this section
deal with "Tracks and Eggs." The final portion of the book recounts
"Expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History." These range from
"The Medicine Bow Anticline" (1897-1904), to "The Flaming Cliffs"
(1922-1925), to "The Western Gobi" (1991-1995)
This all is terrific stuff! I don't recall having ever before
seeing most of the historical photos, many of which are tinted.
Two annoying editorial lapses that immediately jumped out at me
1) Figure 111, page 168, under _Centrosaurus apertus_ - The
figure duplicates Figure 72, page 112, and depicts _Allosaurus fragilis_
(AMNH 600), *NOT* _Centrosaurus apertus_ (AMNH 5351)!
2) Inconsistent rendering of "Troodontidae" with the
"double-dotted o" sometimes written incorrectly in first place (pages
xvii, 54, and Index, page 203).
Spencer, Randall S. (series editor) 1994.
MAJOR FEATURES OF VERTEBRATE EVOLUTION. Short Courses in
Paleontology, Number 7. Convened by Donald R. Prothero and Robert M.
Schoch. The Paleontological Society, c/o Department of Geological
Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1410. vi +
270 pages. US $15.
COMMENTS: This is another excellent, valuable, affordable
production of The Paleontological Society. While not directly dealing
with the Dinosauria, its contents bear on many discussions appearing
here. For example -
"Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolutionary Theory," by Robert M.
"The Origin of the Tetrapods," by Keith S. Thomson.
"The Diversification of the Amniotes," by Jacques A. Gauthier.
"On the Origin of Birds and of Avian Flight," by John H. Ostrom.
"Synapsid Evolution and the Radiation of Non-Eutherian Mammals,"
by James A. Hopson.
Other information-filled volumes of interest in The
Paleontological Society's offerings are THE AGE OF DINOSAURS, Short
Courses in Paleontology, Number 2 (Stephen J. Culver, series editor;
1989; US $15) and DINO FEST, Special Publication Number 7, edited by Gary
D. Rosenberg and Donald L. Wolberg (Randall S. Spencer, series editor;
1994; US $30).
-= Tuck =-