Vertebrate Palaeontology

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Chapman & Hall, Jan 1, 1997 - Science - 452 pages
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Benton (geology, U. of Bristol, England) traces the history of the vertebrates for amateurs as well as professionals, and explains how paleobiological information is obtained by research scientists. Readers can get the large picture by following the chronological narrative with brief diversions into controversial or novel topics, or can read a specific chapter by itself. The second edition is substantially revised with the new information and interpretations that have emerged since 1990. It also includes a new chapter on how to study fossil vertebrates, including an illustrated guide to digging up and preparing dinosaur bones; and places more emphasis on cladograms, which include fully their diagnostic characters. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Benton manages to write a thorough text on various vertebrate groups and their evolutionary trends, mentioning specific important species and basic morphology without making the book as dry as a bone ... Read full review

Contents

The evolution of early amniotes
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The birds
259
Classification of the vertebrates
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