Best Paleobiology Books
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1. Science! STEM Sticker Adventure – Sticker Activity Book For Girls Aged 4 to 8 – Over 125 Stickers – Space Exploration, Deep Sea Adventure, Dinosaur Dig & More
Author: by Hopscotch Girls
Published at: Hopscotch Girls (November 14, 2018)
Spark your little girl’s interest in science with Science! STEM Sticker Adventure by Hopscotch Girls. The world of science is an exciting place for little girls who dream big. This fun sticker book is packed with activities that will empower your daughters, granddaughters and the special little girls in your life to ask questions, seek answers and explore the natural world.
Hopscotch Girls has worked with leading scientists to create a sticker book that’s as fun as it is educational. While your little girl plays with over 150 stickers, she’ll join Aliyah, Emma and Avery as they learn about 7 scientific disciplines over 24 full color pages.
The book also includes a page of bonus stickers that can be used as reward stickers or on reward charts. Chemistry: Get into the lab and conduct experiments with colorful test tubes, bunsen burners, beakers and more. Geology: Study rocks, minerals and landforms in a spectacular landscape.
Astronomy: Put on your astronaut suit and reach for the stars (and planets! With this fun space scene and space stickers. Marine Biology: Explore the ocean depths and meet fish, coral and other marine life in your scuba gear. Botany: Grow your knowledge of the natural world with stickers like plants, flowers, and tools for preserving plant specimens.
2. Dinosaurs 101: What Everyone Should Know about Dinosaur Anatomy, Ecology, Evolution, and More
Author: by W. Scott Persons IV
Published at: Van Rye Publishing, LLC (March 1, 2019)
DINOSAURS 101 is your one-stop source for everything you should know about dinosaurs and paleontology. Authored by world-renowned paleontologists, this book masterfully breaks down the otherwise complex world of dinosaurs and paleontology into well-organized and easy to understand language, concepts, and lessons.
Further facilitating the reader’s knowledge of dinosaurs and paleontology, this book also includes over one hundred figures directly illustrating the language, concepts, and lessons it presents. Topics covered in detail include dinosaur: anatomy; eating habits and diet; attack and defense mechanisms; birth, growth, and reproduction; origins and evolution; species and diversity; fossilization; and extinction.
Also addressed is how paleontology relates to geology, geography, and other disciplines. The reader will even learn how dinosaurs relate to modern life-forms, including how some dinosaurs are still alive today and whether those that are not can be resurrected.
3. Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
Author: by Donald R. Prothero
Published at: Columbia University Press; second edition (August 22, 2017)
Donald R.Prothero’s Evolution is an entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded analysis has led to the book’s widespread adoption in courses that teach the nature and value of fossil evidence for evolution.
Evolution tackles systematics and cladistics, rock dating, neo-Darwinism, and macroevolution. It includes extensive coverage of the primordial soup, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, and the transformation from early hominid to modern human. The book also details the many alleged missing links in the fossil record, including some of the most recent discoveries that flesh out the fossil timeline and the evolutionary process.
In this second edition, Prothero describes new transitional fossils from various periods, vividly depicting such bizarre creatures as the Odontochelys, or the turtle on the half shell; fossil snakes with legs; and the Frogamander, a new example of amphibian transition.
4. Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record
Author: by Michael J. Benton
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (February 2, 2009)
This book presents a comprehensive overview of the science of the history of life. Paleobiologists bring many analytical tools to bear in interpreting the fossil record and the book introduces the latest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeography and biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, and from homeobox genes to cladistics.
All the well-known fossil groups are included, including microfossils and invertebrates, but an important feature is the thorough coverage of plants, vertebrates and trace fossils together with discussion of the origins of both life and the metazoans. All key related subjects are introduced, such as systematics, ecology, evolution and development, stratigraphy and their roles in understanding where life came from and how it evolved and diversified.
Unique features of the book are the numerous case studies from current research that lead students to the primary literature, analytical and mathematical explanations and tools, together with associated problem sets and practical schedules for instructors and students… Any serious student of geology who does not pick this book off the shelf will be putting themselves at a huge disadvantage.
5. Dinosaurs―The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops
Author: by Keiron Pim
Published at: The Experiment; Reprint edition (March 22, 2016)
From Aardonyx to ZuniceratopsA Dino-Mite Gathering of All the Dinosaurs (More Than 300! Worth Knowing About We live in a golden age of paleontological discoverythe perfect time to dig in to the spectacular world of dinosaurs. From Aardonyx, a lumbering beast that formed a link between two and four-legged dinosaurs, to Zuniceratops, who boasted a deadly pair of horns, DinosaursThe Grand Tour details everything worth knowing about every important dinosaur that scientists know aboutmore than 300 in all.
In Dinosaurs you’ll learn all the gory detailsabout geology, anatomy, evolution, astronomy, and even Native American and Chinese mythology. Stories of harrowing paleontological expeditions conjure the thrills of history’s most famous dinosaur hunters. Highlights of recent research reveal what’s going on in the world of dinosaurs today, including scientists’ recent discovery of pigments embedded in dinosaur fossils that shed light, for the first time, on dinosaurs’ true coloration.
6. How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution
Author: by Jack Horner
Published at: Plume; Illustrated edition (February 23, 2010)
A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur. Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are in the process of building the technology to create a real dinosaur.
Based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology on how a few select cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains that function together, Jack Horner takes the science a step further in a plan to “reverse evolution” and reveals the awesome, even frightening, power being acquired to recreate the prehistoric past.
The key is the dinosaur’s genetic code that lives on in modern birds- even chickens. From cutting-edge biology labs to field digs underneath the Montana sun, How to Build a Dinosaur explains and enlightens an awesome new science.
7. Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology
Author: by Donald R. Prothero
Published at: Columbia University Press; third edition (November 5, 2013)
One of the leading textbooks in its field, Bringing Fossils to Life applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics, bridging the gap between purely theoretical paleobiological textbooks and those that describe only invertebrate paleobiology and that emphasize cataloguing live organisms instead of dead objects.
For this third edition Donald R. Prothero has revised the art and research throughout, expanding the coverage of invertebrates and adding a discussion of new methodologies and a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life.
8. When the Invasion of Land Failed: The Legacy of the Devonian Extinctions (The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology)
Author: by George McGhee Jr.
Published at: Columbia University Press; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2013)
The invasion of land by ocean-dwelling plants and animals was one of the most revolutionary events in the evolution of life on Earth, yet the animal invasion almost failedtwicebecause of the twin mass extinctions of the Late Devonian Epoch. Some 359 to 375 million years ago, these catastrophic events dealt our ancestors a blow that almost drove them back into the sea.
If those extinctions had been just a bit more severe, spiders and insectsinstead of vertebratesmight have become the ecologically dominant forms of animal life on land. This book examines the profound evolutionary consequences of the Late Devonian extinctions and the various theories proposed to explain their occurrence.
Only one group of four-limbed vertebrates exists on Earth, while other tetrapod-like fishes are extinct. This gap is why the idea of “fish with feet” seems so peculiar to us, yet such animals were once a vital part of our world, and if the Devonian extinctions had not happened, members of these species, like the famous Acanthostega and Ichthyostega, might have continued to live in our rivers and lakes.
9. Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution (Cambridge Paleobiology Series, Series Number 2)
Author: by Robert Lynn Carroll
Published at: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (April 28, 1997)
This new text provides an integrated view of the forces that influence the patterns and rates of vertebrate evolution from the level of living populations and species to those that resulted in the origin of the major vertebrate groups. The evolutionary roles of behavior, development, continental drift, and mass extinctions are compared with the importance of variation and natural selection that were emphasized by Darwin.
It is extensively illustrated, showing major transitions between fish and amphibians, dinosaurs and birds, and land mammals to whales. No book since Simpson’s Major Features of Evolution has attempted such a broad study of the patterns and forces of evolutionary change.
Undergraduate students taking a general or advanced course on evolution, and graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and paleontology will find the book of great interest.
10. Avian Evolution: The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology)
Author: by Gerald Mayr
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (October 31, 2016)
Knowledge of the evolutionary history of birds has much improved in recent decades. Fossils from critical time periods are being described at unprecedented rates and modern phylogenetic analyses have provided a framework for the interrelationships of the extant groups. This book gives an overview of the avian fossil record and its paleobiological significance, and it is the only up-to-date textbook that covers both Mesozoic and more modern-type Cenozoic birds in some detail.
The reader is introduced to key features of basal avians and the morphological transformations that have occurred in the evolution towards modern birds. An account of the Cenozoic fossil record sheds light on the biogeographic history of the extant avian groups and discusses fossils in the context of current phylogenetic hypotheses.
This review of the evolutionary history of birds not only addresses students and established researchers, but it may also be a useful source of information for anyone else with an interest in the evolution of birds and a moderate background in biology and geology.
11. Dinosaur Paleobiology
Author: by Stephen L. Brusatte
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (April 30, 2012)
The study of dinosaurs has been experiencing a remarkable renaissance over the past few decades. Scientific understanding of dinosaur anatomy, biology, and evolution has advanced to such a degree that paleontologists often know more about 100-million-year-old dinosaurs than many species of living organisms.
This book provides a contemporary review of dinosaur science intended for students, researchers, and dinosaur enthusiasts. It reviews the latest knowledge on dinosaur anatomy and phylogeny, how dinosaurs functioned as living animals, and the grand narrative of dinosaur evolution across the Mesozoic.
A particular focus is on the fossil evidence and explicit methods that allow paleontologists to study dinosaurs in rigorous detail. Scientific knowledge of dinosaur biology and evolution is shifting fast, and this book aims to summarize current understanding of dinosaur science in a technical, but accessible, style, supplemented with vivid photographs and illustrations.
12. Cetacean Paleobiology (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology)
Author: by Felix G. Marx
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (May 31, 2016)
Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) have fascinated and bewildered humans throughout history. Their mammalian affinities have been long recognized, but exactly which group of terrestrial mammals they descend from has, until recently, remained in the dark. Recent decades have produced a flurry of new fossil cetaceans, extending their fossil history to over 50 million years ago.
Along with new insights from genetics and developmental studies, these discoveries have helped to clarify the place of cetaceans among mammals, and enriched our understanding of their unique adaptations for feeding, locomotion and sensory systems. Their continuously improving fossil record and successive transformation into highly specialized marine mammals have made cetaceans a textbook case of evolution – as iconic in its own way as the origin of birds from dinosaurs.
This book aims to summarize our current understanding of cetacean evolution for the serious student and interested amateur using photographs, drawings, charts and illustrations.
13. Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context: Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology)
Author: by Terry Harrison
Published at: Springer; 2011th edition (January 28, 2011)
This volume 2 and its companion volume 1 present the results of new investigations into the geology, paleontology and paleoecology of the early hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. The site is one of the most important paleontological and paleoanthropological sites in Africa, worldrenowned for the discovery of fossils of the early hominin Australopithecus afarensis, as well as remarkable trails of its footprints.
The first volume provides new evidence on the geology, geochronology, ecology, ecomorphology and taphonomy of the site. The second volume describes newly discovered fossil hominins from Laetoli, belonging to Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus aethiopicus, and presents detailed information on the systematics and paleobiology of the diverse associated fauna.
Together, these contributions provide one of the most comprehensive accounts of a fossil hominin site, and they offer important new insights into the early stages of human evolution and its context.