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dinosaur book



     The recent discussion about what sauropods might have eaten gives me a 
     good opportunity to put in yet another plug for the forthcoming 
     dinosaur book that Mikey Brett-Surman and I have put together: the 
     book has a whole chapter on just such matters.  
          The book has now gone to press, and is scheduled for publication 
     by Indiana University Press in October.  I'm going to post the table 
     of contents, so that readers of this list will know what's coming:
     
     DINOSAURS: FEARFULLY GREAT REPTILES (or something like that; the 
     publicity folks at IU Press are still monkeying with the title)
     
     Edited by James O. Farlow and M.K. Brett-Surman
     
     PART ONE: THE DISCOVERY OF DINOSAURS
        The Earliest Discoveries: William A.S. Sarjeant
        European Dinosaur Hunters: Hans Dieter-Sues
        North American Dinosaur Hunters: Edwin H. Colbert
        Asian Dinosaur Hunters: John R. Lavas
        Dinosaur Hunters of the Southern Continents: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
     
     PART TWO: THE STUDY OF DINOSAURS
        Hunting for Dinosaur Bones: David D. Gillette
        The Osteology of Dinosaurs: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and M.K.           
                Brett-Surman
        The Taxonomy and Systematics of Dinosaurs: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and
                M.K. Brett-Surman
        Dinosaurs and Geologic Time: James O. Farlow
        The Scientific Study of Dinosaurs: Ralph E. Chapman
        Molecular Paleontology: Rational and Techniques for the Study of
                Ancient Biomolecules: Mary Higby Schweitzer
        Dinosaurs as Museum Exhibits: Kenneth Carpenter
        Restoring Dinosaurs as Living Animals: Douglas Henderson
     
     PART THREE: THE GROUPS OF DINOSAURS
        Politics and Paleontology: Richard Owen and the Invention of        
                Dinosaurs: Hugh Torrens
        Evolution of the Archosaurs: J. Michael Parrish
        Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs: Michael J. Benton
        Theropods: Philip J. Currie
        Segnosaurs (Therezinosaurs): Teresa Maryanska
        Prosauropods: Jaques VanHeerden
        Sauropods: John S. McIntosh, M.K. Brett-Surman, and James O. Farlow
        Stegosaurs: Peter M. Galton
        Ankylosaurs: Kenneth Carpenter
        Marginocephalians: Catherine A. Forster and Paul C. Sereno
        Ornithopods: M.K. Brett-Surman
     
     PART FOUR: BIOLOGY OF THE DINOSAURS
        Land Plants as Food and Habitat in the Age of Dinosaurs: Bruce H.   
                Tiffney
        Coprolites and Other Direct Evidence of Dinosaur Diets: Karen Chin
        Dinosaur Combat and Courtship: Scott Sampson
        Dinosaur Eggs: Karl F. Hirsch and Darla Zelenitsky
        How Dinosaurs Grew: Robin E.H. Reid
        Engineering a Dinosaur: R. McNeill Alexander
        Dinosaurian Paleopathology: Bruce M. Rothschild
        Dinosaurian Physiology: the Case for "Intermediate" Dinosaurs:      
                Robin E.H. Reid 
        Oxygen Isotopes in Dinosaur Bone: Reese E. Barrick, Michael K.      
                Stoskopf, and William J. Showers
        A Blueprint for Giants: Do Living Reptiles, Birds or Mammals        
                Provide the Best Model for the Physiology of Large          
                Dinosaurs?  Frank V. Paladino, James R. Spotila, and Peter  
                Dodson
        New Insights into the Metabolic Physiology of Dinosaurs: John       
                Ruben, Andrew Leitch, Willem Hillenius, Nicholas Geist and
                Terry Jones
        The Scientific Study of Dinosaur Footprints: James O. Farlow and    
                Ralph E. Chapman
        The Paleoecological and Paleoenvironmental Utility of Dinosaur      
                Tracks: Martin G. Lockley
     
     PART FIVE: DINOSAUR EVOLUTION IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF THE MESOZOIC 
     ERA        
        Biogeography for Dinosaurs: Ralph E. Molnar
        Major Groups of Non-Dinosaurian Vertebrates of the Mesozoic Era:
                Michael Morales
        Continental Tetrapods of the Early Mesozoic: Faunas and Faunal      
                Changes: Hans-Dieter Sues
        Dinosaurian Faunas of the Later Mesozoic: Dale A. Russell and Jose  
                F. Bonaparte
        The Extinction of the Dinosaurs: A dialogue Between a Catastrophist 
                and a Gradualist: Dale A. Russell and Peter Dodson
     
     PART SIX: DINOSAURS AND THE MEDIA
        Dinosaurs and the Media: Donald F. Glut and M.K. Brett-Surman
     
     APPENDIX: A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF DINOSAUR PALEONTOLOGY: M.K. 
     Brett-Surman
     
     GLOSSARY
     
     We are trying to make this book as up-to-date as possible, and there 
     is a LOT of new, previously unpublished material in it.  The book is 
     going to be nearly as big as its subject: current estimates put its 
     length at 850 pages.  There will be a 16-page (current estimate) color 
     section that will show a lot of new, seldom-seen or 
     previously-unpublished dinosaur restorations by some of the top 
     dinosaur artists, including several contributors to this discussion 
     list.
          We hope to keep the price under $50 U.S.  Negotiations are under 
     way with some science-oriented book clubs, and if they decide to carry 
     our book, that might help with the price.
          So start saving your pennies.....