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Re: Where to find Paleontological journals/scientific writings

Romer's 'Osteology of the reptiles', 'Vertebrate palaeontology' and the
'Vertebrate body'(Parsons co-authors in later editions), are older books ,
but good illustrations and good starting point for getting a broad
understanding of anatomy of various groups (phylogenetic info has aged).

The phylogenetic info is of historical interest...

Other textbooks:
Carroll's 'Patterns and process of vertebrate evolution' and 'vertebrate
paleontology and evolution' are worth looking at.

Updates of Romer's books, but not recent ones. Again more of historical interest.

There is a book by Kenneth Kardong on vertebrate anatomy. It is more neontologically oriented, but at least it's recent.

Benton's 'vertebrate palaeontology'

Comes in three editions. I've seen the 2nd (1997) and the 3rd (2004). Benton being "the man who writes faster than his shadow" (he publishes almost once a month), the update from the 2nd to the 3rd was in places done very sloppily; for example, Benton uncritically accepted the only analysis that ever found the oviraptorosaurs to be birds -- and yet treats *Caudipteryx* in the "Mesozoic sauropsids" chapter rather than the "birds" chapter. Still, all three versions are great introductions into what wondrous kinds of vertebrates there have been. They are especially noteworthy for treating post-Devonian chondrichthyans and actinopterygians in quite some detail; usually, books of this kind have a rather linear arrangement from amphioxus to man and mostly ignore the "side branches" -- Benton's much less so.

colour coding of skull elements through evolution
from fish to mammals.

Wow! I must get a look at this book!

Glut's huge multi-volume series 'Dinosauria, the encyclopaedia'
includes key references for its entries

Read the original and all four supplements cover-to-cover. (And if you search for it, spell it "encyclopedia".)

Weishampel et al's 'The dinosauria'

A few illustrations are only present in the 1st edition or are larger in the 1st edition. Apart from this, ignore the first edition (1990 -- of historical interest for containing the last cladistic analysis that finds the tyrannosaurs as carnosaurs) and read the second one (2004) cover-to-cover.

For finding scientific literature:
Online databases (usually abavailable through uni libraries and othe
institutions) like 'Web of Science', 'Biological Abstract/Biosis', and
'Zoological Record', and similar geological databases cover a good deal of
the literature...

Bah. Take the DML posts with "new paper" in the title and then look what you can get. On campus at least, you probably have full online access to Nature, Science, PNAS, www.blackwellpublishing.com, and www.sciencedirect.com.