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The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone

Deciphering Biology with Fine-Scale Techniques

Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

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"A must-read for anybody interested in the biology of one of the most fascinating animals in the history of our planet."—Luis M. Chiappe, Nature

For millions of years, clues to the biology of dinosaurs lie locked within the microscopic structure of their bones. Here one of the world's leading experts on fossil bone microstructure synthesizes more than 150 years of research to expose the meaning of dinosaur bone microstructure.

In this first book dedicated to dinosaur bone microstructure, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan begins with a general overview of living bone structure and composition and then…

"A must-read for anybody interested in the biology of one of the most fascinating animals in the history of our planet."—Luis M. Chiappe, Nature

For millions of years, clues to the biology of dinosaurs lie locked within the microscopic structure of their bones. Here one of the world's leading experts on fossil bone microstructure synthesizes more than 150 years of research to expose the meaning of dinosaur bone microstructure.

In this first book dedicated to dinosaur bone microstructure, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan begins with a general overview of living bone structure and composition and then explains how bone structure changes upon death and during fossilization. She meticulously unravels why the microscopic structure of fossil bone remains intact after millions of years of fossilization. She also provides a photographic atlas of the kinds of bone tissue found in dinosaurs and expounds on their biological significance. The final chapters offer insight into growth patterns of dinosaurs and the biology of Mesozoic birds. The book concludes with a reflective discussion on what bone microstructure can and cannot disclose about dinosaur physiology. Drawing from sources across the field of bone histology, Chinsamy-Turan paints a holistic view of the current state of the science and presents a fresh perspective on the relevance of the field to understanding the Dinosauria.

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Chinsamy-Turan has provided an immense service to the field with the publication of this book.

Of interest to a wide audience of biologists, the core readership [is] vertebrate paleontologists, each of whom should have a copy.

A must-read for anybody interested in the biology of one of the most fascinating animals in the history of our planet.

An irreplaceable manual for all students working in this field.

Chinsamy-Turan's accessible, engaging book contains enough personal reflections and professional opinions to keep readers enthralled.

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216
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9780801881206
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41 halftones
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Unraveling Dinosaur Bones
2. Dinosaur Bones Discovered
3. From Bone Microstructure to Biology
4. Inside Dinosaur Bones
5. Growing Dinosaurs
6. Biology of Early Birds
7. Dinosaur

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Unraveling Dinosaur Bones
2. Dinosaur Bones Discovered
3. From Bone Microstructure to Biology
4. Inside Dinosaur Bones
5. Growing Dinosaurs
6. Biology of Early Birds
7. Dinosaur Physiology
References
Index

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Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a professor of zoology and a fellow of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is president of South African Women in Science and Engineering and the former director of the Natural History Collections Division of Iziko Museums of Cape Town. She was named as South Africa's Woman Scientist of the Year for 2005.