Dinosaurs of Darkness opens a doorway to a fascinating former world, between 100 million and 120 million years ago, when Australia was far south of its present location and joined to Antarctica. Dinosaurs lived in this polar region.
How were the polar dinosaurs discovered? What do we now know about them? Thomas H. Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich, who have played crucial roles in their discovery, describe how they and others collected the fossils indispensable to our knowledge of this realm and how painstaking laboratory work and analyses continue to unlock the secrets of the polar dinosaurs. This scientific adventure makes for a fascinating story: it begins with one destination in mind and ends at another, arrived at by a most roundabout route, down byways and back from dead ends. Dinosaurs of Darkness is a personal, absorbing account of the way scientific research is actually conducted and how hard and rewarding it is to mine the knowledge of this remarkable life of the past.
The award-winning first edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest discoveries and interpretations, along with over 100 new photographs and charts, many in color.
Thomas H. Rich
, Patricia Vickers-Rich
Indiana University Press
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Series: Life of the Past
03 March 2020
Studying subsistence and surplus production - Maaike Groot and Daphne Lentjes The role of gathering in Middle Archaic social complexity in the Mid-South: a diachronic perspective - Stephen B. Carmody and Kandace D. Hollenbach Rethinking Neolithic subsistence at the gateway to Europe with new archaeozoological evidence from Istanbul - Canan Cakirlar Agricultural production between the 6th and the 3rd millennium cal BC in the central part of the Valencia region (Spain) - Guillem Perez Jorda and Leonor Pena-Chocarro From subsistence to market exchange: the development of an agricultural economy in 1st-millennium-BC Southeast Italy - Daphne Lentjes Three systems of agrarian exploitation in the Valencian region of Spain (400-300 BC) - M* Pilar Iborra Eres and Guillem Perez Jorda The well in the settlement: a water source for humans and livestock, studied through insect remains from Southeast Sweden - Magnus Hellqvist The Late Iron Age-Roman transformation from subsistence to surplus production in animal husbandry in the Central and Western parts of the Netherlands - Joyce van Dijk and Maaike Groot Tracing changes in animal husbandry in Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean) from the Iron Age to the Roman Period - Alejandro Valenzuela, Josep Antoni Alcover, Miguel Angel Cau Food production and exchanges in the Roman civitas Tungrorum - Fabienne Pigiere and Annick Lepot Entrepreneurs and traditional farmers: the effects of an emerging market in Middle Saxon England - Matilda Holmes Scant evidence of great surplus: research at the rural Cistercian monastery of Holme Cultram, Northwest England - Don O'Meara
Thomas H. Rich is Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. He is affiliated with Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University. Patricia Vickers-Rich is Professor of Palaeontology in the School of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Swinburne University of Technology, an Emeritus Professor of Palaeobiology in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University and a Research Associate at both Museums Victoria and Deakin University in the Melbourne and Geelong regions of Victoria, Australia. She is also a Research Associate of the Precambrian Laboratory at the Borissak Paleontologic Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She is also Director of PrimeSCI! the Wantirna campus of the Swinburne University of Technology, also in Melbourne, Australia.
Reviews for Dinosaurs of Darkness: In Search of the Lost Polar World
A valuable volume detailing an underexplored region of the world of dinosaurs, Dinosaurs of Darkness is essential reading for any dino-devotee. -- Danielle Ballantyne * ForeWord * This update from the award-winning first edition includes the latest discoveries and prevailing theories, as well as several color photographs of the scientists and their findings. A valuable volume detailing an underexplored region of the world of dinosaurs, Dinosaurs of Darkness is essential reading for any dino-devotee. * Foreword Reviews *