Dynamics of Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Giants

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Columbia University Press, 1989 - Nature - 167 pages
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How did the larger dinosaurs run? How and why did they fight? The author applies laws of physics, mechanical engineering and aerodynamics to answer these and other questions.

  

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Dynamics of dinosaurs and other extinct giants

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Dinosaurs are in vogue these days (see also Dougal Dixon's The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals, reviewed in this issue, p.00). In Alexander's latest, he ... Read full review

Contents

Introducing the Dinosaurs
1
Weighing Dinosaurs
16
Dinosaur Footprints
27
Dinosaur Strengths
44
Dinosaur Necks and Tails
60
Fighting and Singing Dinosaurs
73
HotBlooded Dinosaurs?
90
Flying Reptiles
106
Marine Reptiles
122
Death of the Giant Reptiles
141
Giant Birds
150
Giant Mammals
159
Epilogue
162
INDEX
165
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R. McNeill Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Optima for Animals" (Princeton), as well as the award-winning CD-ROM "How Animals Move.

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