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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...
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
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)
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
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.