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5. Against the odds

5. Against the odds  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0005
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‘Against the odds’ describes the processes and conditions of fossil formation, the study of which is termed taphonomy. Fossils represent a tiny fraction of the diversity of life that has ... More
10. Back to the future

10. Back to the future  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Back to the future’ considers what lies ahead for palaeontology. Improved estimates of the course of diversity change through the Phanerozoic and refined knowledge of the causes of mass ... More
6. The biggest mass extinction

6. The biggest mass extinction  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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9780191777011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0007
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‘The biggest mass extinction’ discusses the biggest of the five mass extinctions — the end-Permian mass extinction 251 million years ago when up to 96 per cent of species died out. ... More
6. Bringing fossils to life

6. Bringing fossils to life  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Bringing fossils to life’ llustrates one ambitious aim of palaeontology: to understand what the fossil organisms were like in life — to reconstruct their appearance, their mechanical and ... More
2. A cultural phenomenon

2. A cultural phenomenon  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘A cultural phenomenon’ discusses the history of the understanding and explanation of fossils beginning with the work of English scientist Robert Hooke in the 17th century. His work ... More
6. Dinosaur research: observations and techniques

6. Dinosaur research: observations and techniques  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191837104
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10.1093/actrade/9780198795926.003.0007
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In ‘Dinosaur research: observation and techniques’, various lines of investigation are outlined to reinforce the point that it is often better to use numerous approaches if we are to gain a ... More
1. Dinosaurs in perspective

1. Dinosaurs in perspective  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Dinosaurs in perspective’ outlines the development of palaeontology. Dinosaurs existed in the Mesozoic Era, which is split into the Triassic (~252–201 Ma), Jurassic (~201–145 Ma), and ... More
2. Dinosaurs updated

2. Dinosaurs updated  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Dinosaurs updated’ charts the revolutionary discoveries of John Ostrom and Robert Bakker in the 1960s and 1970s. Ostrom adopted a forensic approach to his discovery of Deinonychus ... More
5. Dinosaurs: their biology and way of life

5. Dinosaurs: their biology and way of life  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Dinosaurs: their biology and way of life’ considers the research into whether dinosaurs were cold-blooded (ectothermic) like modern reptiles, or warm-blooded (endothermic) like mammals and ... More
7. Evolving

7. Evolving  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Evolving’ shows that fossils have played a major role in the development of all aspects of organic evolution and continue to play an essential role with respect to working out the patterns ... More
9. Fakes and fortunes

9. Fakes and fortunes  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Fakes and fortunes’ shows how fossils have now become big business with perfect specimens commanding high fees. This has resulted in a number of fake specimens. The Piltdown forgery of ... More
5. Forests and flight

5. Forests and flight  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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‘Forests and flight’ shows that in the Carboniferous Period, from 360 to 300 million years ago, plants and animals cemented their land-living adaptations and took on all habitats and all ... More
3. Fossils in the popular imagination

3. Fossils in the popular imagination  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Fossils in the popular imagination’ describes the burgeoning interest in fossil collection and the founding of palaeontology in the nineteenth century. Mary Anning's ammonite and ... More
7. The future of research on the past

7. The future of research on the past  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The future of research on the past’ outlines how the account of dinosaur extinction 65 Ma has developed. In the 1980s, Walter and Luis Alvarez examined levels of cosmic dust in the Earth’s ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Why do people still care about dinosaurs? The ‘Introduction’ explains how dinosaurs were officially ‘born’ in 1842 with the work of Richard Owen, and gained fame in the reopening of the ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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The ‘Introduction’ outlines the aims of the book: to show what fossils are, to explain some of the concepts and principles upon which the study of fossils is based, and to discuss the ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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The ‘Introduction’ shows that the keys to understanding the history of life are fossils — the remains of plants, animals, or microbes that once existed. Sites of exceptional preservation ... More
3. A new perspective on Iguanodon

3. A new perspective on Iguanodon  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘A new perspective on Iguanodon’ discusses developments in our knowledge of Iguanodon biology. A massive haul of Iguanodon skeletons fuelled a popular picture of how the creature lived, but ... More
8. Of molecules and man

8. Of molecules and man  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Of molecules and man’ considers human evolution and the use of modern DNA analysis to fill in the gaps in the phylogeny of Homo sapiens. Human fossils show us how our forebears lived, ... More
8. The origin of humans

8. The origin of humans  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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‘The origin of humans’ begins by looking at the first primates and mammals and the three modern orders that originated in the Jurassic and Cretaceous — the monotremes, marsupials, and ... More

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