Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World (Life of the Past)
By: John Foster (author)Hardback
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The famous bone beds of the Morrison Formation, whose rocks are exposed from Wyoming down through the red rock region of the American Southwest, have yielded one of the most complete pictures of any ancient vertebrate ecosystem in the world. After more than a century of exploration, the Morrison continues to yield new discoveries about a time so different from our own that it almost seems imaginary. Aimed at the general reader, Jurassic West tells the story of the life of this ancient world as scientists have so far been able to reconstruct it. The book recounts the discovery of many important Late Jurassic dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus. But dinosaurs comprise barely a third of the more than 90 types of vertebrates known from the Formation, which include crocodiles and turtles, frogs and salamanders, dinosaurs and mammals, clams and snails, and ginkgoes, ferns, and conifers.
John Foster is Director of the Museum of Moab in Moab, Utah. He served for thirteen years as Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Western Colorado and adjunct faculty at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He has worked in Cambrian deposits in several areas of the western states, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and South Dakota. He is author of Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life of North America (IUP, 2014).
Foreword Dale RussellPrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of Abbreviations1. Rainbow Country: An Introduction to Morrison Formation Geology2. Vertebrates and the Jurassic World3. The Morrison Vertebrates Come to Light4. The Picture Fills In5. Fins, Scales, and Wings: The Morrison Menagerie, Part I6. Gargantuan to Minuscule: The Morrison Menagerie, Part II7. Patterns in the Record: Paleoecology of the Morrison Formation8. Many Rivers to Cross: A Late Jurassic Journey across the Morrison Floodplain9. The Morrison Fauna in World ContextAppendixGlossary NotesReferencesIndex
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