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Another really good book on italian dinosaurs
I do not work on dinosaurs (so far), neither I want to make an
advertising, but just inform you about available literature that in my
humble opinion is worth of investigation:
Some time ago, when I mentioned the the release of a book on Italian
dinosaurs by Cristiano dal Sasso. Indeed I should have added that it is not
the first comprehensive book on Italian dinosaurs (and related stuff).
Another less divulgative, much more professional oriented book has been
printed in 2000. It is multi-authored by a lot of Italian contributors
each one specialist in his field. The preface is by Martin Lockley.
It has about 500 pp., large format (up to A4 size), hardbound and
colour & BW illustrated.
It is less updated than the book by Cristiano (e. g. it lacks the
saltriosaur and the complete phytosaur, since the final manuscripts for the
book were presumably ready in 1995/96), but it has lots of diagrams and
drawings of tracksites, prints, geological sections, plus BW and colour
photos of specimens (not only dinosaurs and tracks but also many
other Italian mesozoic reptiles - among them a really cool portrait of
Megalancosaurus holotype!!), and of outcrops/localities , it goes into
geology, sedimentology, palaeoecology, palaeoichnology etc. etc..
Language is Italian troughout the book, but there is an abstract section in
English at the end which summarizes the content of each chapter.
If anyone is interested:
The title is DINOSAURI IN ITALIA
edited by G. Leonardi and P. Mietto
publisher: Accademia Editoriale
perhaps informations on price or availability may be found at
the publisher site www.accademiaeditoriale.it .
If not, let me know and I will try to suggest some author name to ask about.
All the best,
"The Wise Man is like a bamboo tree;
simple, upright, and useful, but hollow inside"
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
Università degli Studi di Milano
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I 20133 Milano
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