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new PS publication
Followers of this list may be interested in the following:
Michal Kowalewski and Patricia H. Kelley (editors), 2002, _The Fossil Record of
Predation_, Paleontological Society Papers Number 8.
Most of the contributions deal with marine invertebrates, but vertebrates get
due notice. A couple long papers discuss the role of marine vertebrates as
members of marine communities of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic/Cenozoic, with the
general conclusion that vertebrates were pretty much kicking (biting?)
invertebrate butt (in a manner of speaking) big time. Blaire Van Valkenburgh
and Ian Jenkins have an interesting paper that compares the evolution of large
predator guilds in mammal-like reptiles (THERE! I actually wrote the phrase
that dare not say its paraphyletic name) and mammals, and the esteemed Dr.
Holtz and I write about the fossil record of predation in dinosaurs. Gary
Haynes talks about the archaeological evidence for human hunting of large
As somebody not unfamiliar with the production of books, I am quite impressed
with how nice this volume looks. There is crisp reproduction of both photos
and line drawings. It is also VERY cheap: only $20 for 398 pages of
interesting stuff. An incredible bargain.
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