The large, quadrupedal herbivores known as sauropods were
widespread around the planet from the Jurassic to the end of the
Cretaceous. With the longest necks and tails of all of the
dinosaurs, some sauropods were 40 meters in length and weighed
upwards of 100,000 kilograms, more than 20 tons. The popular image
of these lumbering giants, placidly consuming ferns has been
greatly revised in recent years. New discoveries and new theories
about behavior and physiology have continued to enrich the study of
these remarkable beasts. This book presents 21 new studies of the
sauropods. The book is organized into four parts. The first part
looks at some sauropods old and new, the second at juvenile and
adult specimens and ontogenetic variation within species. Part
three concerns morphology and biomechanics, while part four takes
up issues of biogeography.
The contributors are Sebastian Apesteguia, Malcolm W. Bedell,
Jr., David S. Berman, Matthew F. Bonnan, Kenneth Carpenter, Sankar
Chatterjee, Rodolfo A. Coria, Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, John Foster,
Peter M. Galton, Jacques van Heerden, Takehito Ikejiri, Jean Le
Loeuff, D. M. Mohabey, John S. McIntosh, J. Michael Parrish, Bruce
M. Rothschild, Leonardo Salgado, Steven W. Salisbury, Allen Shaw,
Kenneth Stadtman, Kent A. Stevens, Virginia Tidwell, David Trexler,
Ray Wilhite, Adam M. Yates, and Zhong Zheng."
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