Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (Life of the Past) (Hardcover)

Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (Life of the Past) By Pascal Godefroit (Editor), Yuri L. Bolotsky (Contribution by), Niels Bonde (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Pascal Godefroit (Editor), Yuri L. Bolotsky (Contribution by), Niels Bonde (Contribution by)
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Description


In 1878, the first complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in a coal mine in Bernissart, Belgium. Iguanodon, first described by Gideon Mantell on the basis of fragments discovered in England in 1824, was initially reconstructed as an iguana-like reptile or a heavily built, horned quadruped. However, the Bernissart skeleton changed all that. The animal was displayed in an upright posture similar to a kangaroo, and later with its tail off the ground like the dinosaur we know of today. Focusing on the Bernissant discoveries, this book presents the latest research on Iguanodon and other denizens of the Cretaceous ecosystems of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Pascal Godefroit and contributors consider the Bernissart locality itself and the new research programs that are underway there. The book also presents a systematic revision of Iguanodon; new material from Spain, Romania, China, and Kazakhstan; studies of other Early Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems; and examinations of Cretaceous vertebrate faunas.

About the Author


Pascal Godefroit is Professor of Paleontology at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780253357212
ISBN-10: 0253357217
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: July 5th, 2012
Pages: 648
Language: English
Series: Life of the Past