Bringing Fossils to Life

Bringing Fossils to Life

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.

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231536905

Category: Science

Page: 672

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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.
Categories: Science

Bringing Fossils To Life An Introduction To Paleobiology

Bringing Fossils To Life  An Introduction To Paleobiology

This is the first text to combine both paleontology and paleobiology.

Author: Donald Prothero

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math

ISBN: UCSD:31822033408733

Category: Science

Page: 503

View: 882

This is the first text to combine both paleontology and paleobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine them in teaching. It bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and purely descriptive invertebrate paleontology books. The text is targeted at undergraduate geology and biology majors, with the emphasis on organisms, rather than dead objects to be described and catalogued. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics, and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record.
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The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

Prothero recounts the adventures behind the discovery of twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils and explains their significance within the larger fossil record, creating a riveting history of life on our planet.

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher:

ISBN: 0231171900

Category: Science

Page: 389

View: 368

Every fossil tells a story. Prothero recounts the adventures behind the discovery of twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils and explains their significance within the larger fossil record, creating a riveting history of life on our planet.
Categories: Science

Fossils A Very Short Introduction

Fossils  A Very Short Introduction

Keith Thomson presents an explanation of fossils as a phenomenon, highlighting their impact on mythology, philosophy and popular culture.

Author: Keith Thomson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192805041

Category: Nature

Page: 147

View: 331

Fossils have been vital to our understanding of the formation of the earth and the origins of all life on it. However, their impact has not been limited to debates about geology and evolution: attempts to explain their existence have shaken religion to its very roots. Keith Thomson provides a remarkably explanation of fossils as a phenomenon. Building on the scientific aspects, he places fossils in a very human context, highlighting their impact on philosophy and mythology, our concept of time, and popular culture. From the black market to the Piltdown Man, and from mythological dragons to living dinosaurs, fossils hold a permanent place in the popular imagination.
Categories: Nature

Fossils for the Future

Fossils for the Future

Northern Plains Governors' Conference, August 24-26, 1992. FOSSILS FOR THE
FUTURE NORTHERN PLAINS GOVERNORS ' CONFERENCE AUGUST 24 - 26
, 1992 BRINGING FOSSILS TO LIFE Hugh H . Genoways I am not an academic ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00923266Z

Category: Cultural property

Page: 195

View: 613

Categories: Cultural property

Fossils at a Glance

Fossils at a Glance

Figure 9.3a, b: redrawn and modified from Prothero, D.R., 1998, Bringing Fossils
to Life, W.C.B./McGraw-Hill, USA (Figure 15.11F, G, p. 288); Figure 9.3c: redrawn
and modified from Moore, J., 2001, Introduction to the Invertebrates, Cambridge ...

Author: Clare Milsom

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444311235

Category: Science

Page: 168

View: 635

Life on Earth has been evolving and interacting with the surface and atmosphere for almost four billion years. Fossils provide a powerful tool in the study of the Earth and its history. They also provide important data for evolutionary studies and contribute to our understanding of the extinction of organisms and the origins of modern biodiversity. Introduces the study of fossils in a simple and straightforward manner. Short chapters introduce the main topics in the current study of fossils. The most important fossil groups are discussed, from microfossils through invertebrates to vertebrates and plants, followed by a brief narrative of life on earth. Diagrams are central to the book and allow the reader to see most of the important data 'at a glance'. Each topic covers two pages and provides a self-contained suite of information or a starting point for future study.
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The Evolution of Artiodactyls

The Evolution of Artiodactyls

In the recent years, a tremendous amount of research has been conducted on this important order. The Evolution of Artiodactyls synthesizes this research into a single volume.

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801887356

Category: Nature

Page: 367

View: 806

Artiodactyls are diverse and successful hoofed mammals, represented by nearly two hundred living species of pigs, peccaries, hippos, camels, deer, sheep, cattle, giraffes, and other even-toed ungulates. In the recent years, a tremendous amount of research has been conducted on this important order. The Evolution of Artiodactyls synthesizes this research into a single volume. The authors explore a variety of topics, including molecular phylogeny of terrestrial artiodactyls phylogenetic relationships of cetaceans to terrestrial artiodactyls, and the earliest artiodactyls—Diacodexidae, Dichobunidae, Homacodontidae, Leptochoeridae, and Raoellidae.
Categories: Nature

Prehistoric Life

Prehistoric Life

Evolution and the Fossil Record Bruce S. Lieberman, Roger L. Kaesler ... Early
on in their lives fish are very susceptible to predation because they are small,
such that only a few fish survive to an ... Bringing Fossils to Life, 2nd edition.
McGraw ...

Author: Bruce S. Lieberman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444334081

Category: Science

Page: 385

View: 242

Prehistoric life is the archive of evolution preserved in the fossil record. This book focuses on the meaning and significance of that archive and is designed for introductory college science students, including non-science majors, enrolled in survey courses emphasizing paleontology, geology and biology. From the origins of animals to the evolution of rap music, from ancient mass extinctions to the current biodiversity crisis, and from the Snowball Earth to present day climate change this book covers it, with an eye towards showing how past life on Earth puts the modern world into its proper context. The history of life and the patterns and processes of evolution are especially emphasized, as are the interconnections between our planet, its climate system, and its varied life forms. The book does not just describe the history of life, but uses actual examples from life’s history to illustrate important concepts and theories.
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Evolution

Evolution

Some beating of dead horses may be ethical, when here and there they display
unexpected twitches that look like life. ... On the probability of ancestors in the
fossil record. ... Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology (2nd ed.).

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511421

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 566

Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.
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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 313 For Vertebrate Fossils: Maisey, J.,
1996. Discovering fossil fishes. Westview Press, Boulder CO ... Bringing fossils to
life: an introduction to palaeontology. McGraw-Hill, Boston and London, 2nd edn.

Author: K J Gregory

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780857023124

Category: Science

Page: 456

View: 569

Unique in the reference literature, this Companion provides students with an introduction to all the major concepts and contemporary issues in the environmental sciences. The text is divided into six sections (Environmental Sciences, Environments, Paradigms and Concepts, Processes and Dynamic, Scales and Techniques, Environmental Issues), with over 200 entries alphabetically organized and authored by key names in the environmental science disciplines. Entries are concise, informative, richly visual and fully referenced and cross referenced. They introduce key concepts and processes that are included in the index, cite relevant websites, and reflect the latest thinking.
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The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks

The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks

Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology.

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231544276

Category: Science

Page: 354

View: 867

Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters—each about a particular rock, outcrop, or geologic phenomenon—Donald R. Prothero recounts the scientific detective work that shaped our understanding of geology, from the unearthing of exemplary specimens to tectonic shifts in how we view the inner workings of our planet. Prothero follows in the footsteps of the scientists who asked—and answered—geology’s biggest questions: How do we know how old the earth is? What happened to the supercontinent Pangea? How did ocean rocks end up at the top of Mount Everest? What can we learn about our planet from meteorites and moon rocks? He answers these questions through expertly chosen case studies, such as Pliny the Younger’s firsthand account of the eruption of Vesuvius; the granite outcrops that led a Scottish scientist to theorize that the landscapes he witnessed were far older than Noah’s Flood; the salt and gypsum deposits under the Mediterranean Sea that indicate that it was once a desert; and how trying to date the age of meteorites revealed the dangers of lead poisoning. Each of these breakthroughs filled in a piece of the greater puzzle that is the earth, with scientific discoveries dovetailing with each other to offer an increasingly coherent image of the geologic past. Summarizing a wealth of information in an entertaining, approachable style, The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks is essential reading for the armchair geologist, the rock hound, and all who are curious about the earth beneath their feet.
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Mass Extinction

Mass Extinction

Columbia University Press, New York Molina E, Arenillas I, Arz JA (1996) The
Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary mass extinction in planktic foraminifera at Agost,
Spain. Rev Micropaléont 39 (3): 225-243 Prothero DR (1998) Bringing fossils to
life: ...

Author: Ashraf M.T. Elewa

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540759166

Category: Science

Page: 252

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The present book combines three main aspects: five major mass extinctions; contributions on some other minor extinctions; and more importantly contributions on the current mass extinction. All three aspects are introduced through interesting studies of mass extinctions in diverse organisms ranging from small invertebrates to mammals and take account of the most accepted subjects discussing mass extinctions in insects, mammals, fishes, ostracods and molluscs.
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Bringing Art to Life

Bringing Art to Life

... for the Gallery's early growth. In 1911, the Gallery moved to a suite of rooms in
the Victoria Memorial Building, a Scottish baronial castle that loomed over the
south end of Ottawa and also housed the Geological Survey's collections of
fossils ...

Author: Andrew Horrall

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773582545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 457

View: 160

Only thirty-nine when he took over the National Gallery in 1955, Jarvis already had an extraordinary record of achievement and social mobility at home and in England: he had trained with Canada's greatest artists, won a Rhodes scholarship, lunched at the Algonquin Round Table in New York, managed an aircraft factory, written a bestseller, produced films, run a slum settlement, and moved in a London social circle that included Noël Coward and Vivien Leigh. As head of the National Gallery, Jarvis was a provocative public educator, advocating his idea of "a museum without walls" in countless public appearances. Instrumental in bringing modern art to the National Gallery, he shook artists and the art-minded public out of a period of national complacency. This first detailed account of the controversy surrounding his time at the gallery provides an important context for the ongoing and contested role of publicly supported arts and art institutions in this country.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Cultural Life of Images

The Cultural Life of Images

Here all the iconic elements have been forcefully assembled to create a
statement on the nature of Stone Age life. Trinkaus and Shipman (1993:399)
have argued that the practice of 'fleshing out' a fossil human and bringing it 'to life'
for ...

Author: Brian Leigh Molyneaux

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134546305

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 132

Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific text. Advertising, entertainment and propaganda have realised the extent of this power to shape ideas, but the scientific community has hitherto neglected the ways in which visual material conditions the ways in which we think. With subjects including prehistoric artworks, excavation illustrations, artists' impressions of ancient sites and peoples and contemporary landscapes, photographs and drawings, this study explores how pictures shape our perceptions and our expectations of the past. This volume is not concerned with the accuracy of pictures from the past or directly about the past itself, but is interested instead in why certain subjects are selected, why they are depicted the way they are, and what effects such images have on our idea of the past. This collection constitutes a ground-breaking study in historiography which radically reassesses the ways that history can be written.
Categories: Social Science

Breathing Life Into Fossils

Breathing Life Into Fossils

This book emanates from a Stone Age Institute conference celebrating the life and career of naturalist Bob Brain, a pioneer in bringing taphonomic perspectives to human evolutionary studies.

Author: Travis Rayne Pickering

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076002742786

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 599

Taphonomy, the study of the processes leading to the fossilization of organic remains, is one of the most important avenues of inquiry in human origins research. Breathing Life into Fossils is a major contribution to taphonomic studies in paleoanthropology and natural history. This book emanates from a Stone Age Institute conference celebrating the life and career of naturalist Bob Brain, a pioneer in bringing taphonomic perspectives to human evolutionary studies. Contributions by leading researchers provide a state-of-the art look at the maturing field of taphonomy and the unique perspectives it provides to research into human origins. This important volume reveals approaches taken to the study of bone accumulations at prehistoric sites in Africa, Eurasia, and America, and provides fascinating insights into patterns produced by carnivores, by hunter-gatherers, and by our human ancestors.
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Assembling the Dinosaur

Assembling the Dinosaur

Lukas Rieppel shows how dinosaurs gripped the popular imagination and became emblems of America’s industrial power and economic prosperity during the Gilded Age.

Author: Lukas Rieppel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674737587

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 340

Lukas Rieppel shows how dinosaurs gripped the popular imagination and became emblems of America’s industrial power and economic prosperity during the Gilded Age. Spectacular fossils were displayed in museums financed by North America’s wealthiest tycoons, to cement their reputation as both benefactors of science and fierce capitalists.
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

An American Dictionary of the English Language

Dug out of the earth ; as , fossil or favorable chance ; bringing some unexpected
good . 2 . coal . The term is now ... To cherish ; to harbor or indulge ; to events of
one's life ; to reveal futurity . encourage ; to sustain and promote . FORTUNE ...

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112005668410

Category: English language

Page: 1270

View: 821

Categories: English language

A Catalogue of the Collection of Cambrian and Silurian Fossils Contained in the Geological Museum of the University of Cambridge

A Catalogue of the Collection of Cambrian and Silurian Fossils Contained in the Geological Museum of the University of Cambridge

more and more upon me , and bringing me nearer , sensibly nearer , to my last
resting - place in this world . ... But first of all let me thank the Author of my being
for having so long upheld my life in heart and hope since I first began my
residence ...

Author: Sedgwick Museum

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044107358244

Category: Paleontology

Page: 204

View: 183

Categories: Paleontology

A Catalogue of the Collection of Cambrian and Silurian Fossils contained in the Geological Museum of the University of Cambridge by J W Salter

A Catalogue of the Collection of Cambrian and Silurian Fossils contained in the Geological Museum of the University of Cambridge  by J  W  Salter

more and more upon me, and bringing me nearer, sensibly nearer, to my last
resting-place in this world. ... But first of all let me thank the Author of my being for
having so long upheld my life in heart and hope since I first began my residence
in ...

Author: J. W. Salter

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB11137364

Category:

Page: 204

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The Amber Forest

The Amber Forest

"The authors demonstrate great knowledge of many fascinating biological and socioeconomic aspects of amber. They write well and convey their enthusiasm for the subject with skill. The book is engaging and educational.

Author: George O. Poinar

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691057281

Category: Science

Page: 239

View: 127

The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber fossils and have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic. They draw on their research here to reconstruct in words, drawings, and spectacular color photographs the ecosystem that existed on the island of Hispaniola between fifteen and forty-five million years ago. The Poinars present richly detailed drawings of how the forests once appeared. They discuss how and when life colonized Hispaniola and what caused some forms to become extinct. Along the way, they describe how amber is formed, how and where it has been preserved, and how it is mined, sold, and occasionally forged for profit today.
Categories: Science