Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Tyrant King

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Peter L. Larson, Kenneth Carpenter
Indiana University Press, 2008 - Всего страниц: 435
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With its massive head, enormous jaws, and formidable teeth, Tyrannosaurus rex has long been the young person's favorite creepy carnivore in the Mesozoic zoo. Nor has T. rex been ignored by the scientific community, as this new collection amply demonstrates. Scientists explore such questions as why T. rex had such small forelimbs; how the dinosaur moved; what bone pathologies tell us about life in the Cretaceous; and whether T. rex was a predator, a scavenger, or both. There are reports on newly discovered skeletons, on variation and sexual dimorphism, and how the big beasts chewed. The methods used by the contributors to unlock the mysteries of T. rex range from "old fashioned" stratigraphy to contemporary computer modeling. Together they yield a wealth of new information about one of the dinosaur world's most famous carnivores. An enclosed CD-ROM presents additional photographic and filmed reconstructions of the mighty beast.

 

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Tyrannosaurus rex is everybody’s favorite dinosaur, to the extent that the most horrific predator ever to walk the planet has been converted to a singing, dancing puppet on children’s television. This ... Читать весь отзыв

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Supplemental CDRom Contents
ix
Contributors
xi
Preface
xiii
Institutional Abbreviations
xv
The Skeletons
xix
Wyomings Dynamosaurus imperiosus and Other Early Discoveries of Tyrannosaurus rex in the Rocky Mountain West
57
How Old Is T rex? Challenges with the Dating of Terrestrial Strata Deposited during the Maastrichtian Stage of the Cretaceous Period
63
Preliminary Account of the Tyrannosaurid Pete from the Lance Formation of Wyoming
67
Digital Modeling of Tyrannosaurus rex at Rest
193
T rex Speed Trap
205
Atlas of the Skull Bones of Tyrannosaurus rex
233
Palatal Kinesis of Tyrannosaurus rex
245
Reconstruction of the Jaw Musculature of Tyrannosaurus rex
255
Vestigialism in a Dinosaur
283
Tyrannosaurid Pathologies as Clues to Natureand Nurture in the Cretaceous
287
The Extreme Lifestyles and Habits of the Gigantic Tyrannosaurid Superpredators of the Late Cretaceous of North America and Asia
307

Taphonomy of the Tyrannosaurus rex Pecks Rexfrom the Hell Creek Formation of Montana
75
Taphonomy and Environment of Deposition of a Juvenile Tyrannosaurid Skeleton from the Hell Creek Formation Latest Maastrichtian of Southeaste...
83
One Pretty Amazing T rex
93
Variation and Sexual Dimorphism in Tyrannosaurus rex
103
AnIntegral Morphodynamic Solution to a Simple Puzzle in Theropod Paleobiology
131
Looking Again at the Forelimb of Tyrannosaurus rex
167
An Analysis of PredatorPrey Behavior in a HeadtoHead Encounter between Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops
355
A Critical Reappraisal of the Obligate Scavenging Hypothesisfor Tyrannosaurus rex and Other Tyrant Dinosaurs
371
A Century of Celebrity
399
Index
429
Back cover
439
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Peter Larson is founder and president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, South Dakota, whose staff was responsible for excavating the T. rex known as "Stan." He lives in Hill City, South Dakota.

Kenneth Carpenter is the dinosaur paleontologist for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is author of Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs (IUP, 2000) and editor of The Carnivorous Dinosaurs (IUP, 2005) and The Armored Dinosaurs (IUP, 2001). He lives in Aurora, Colorado.

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