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240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
  • Preface 6 1 The Age of Mammals 7 Dating Rocks 8 Clocks in Rocks 10 What's in a Name? 11 How Do We Classify Animals? 12 Bones vs Molecules 15 Bones and Teeth 15 2 The Origin and Early Evolution of Mammals 20 Synapsids (Protomammals or Stem Mammals) 20 Mammals in the Age of Dinosaurs 23 Morganucodonts 23 Docodonts 25 Monotremes (Platypus and Echidna) and Their Relatives 27 Multituberculates 30 Triconodonts 31 Theria 34 3 Marsupials: Pouched Mammals 37 Marsupial vs Placental 37 Marsupial Evolution 38 Ameridelphia 39 Australiadelphia 41 4 Placental Mammals (Eutheria) 47 The Interrelationships of Placentals 50 5 Xenarthra: Sloths, Anteaters, and Armadillos 51 Edentate vs Xenarthran 51 Order Cingulata (Armadillos) 53 Order Pilosa (Anteaters and Sloths) 55 6 Afrotheria: Elephants, Hyraxes, Sea Cows, Aardvarks, and Their Relatives 58 Tethytheres and Afrotheres 58 Order Proboscidea (Elephants, Mammoths, Mastodonts, and Their Relatives) 60 Order Sirenia (Manatees and Dugongs, or Sea Cows) 67 Order Embrithopoda (Arsinoitheres) 72 Order Desmostylia (Desmostylians) 73 Order Hyracoidea (Hyraxes) 75 Order Tubulidentata (Aardvarks) 77 Order Macroscelidia (Elephant Shrews) 78 Order Afrosoricida 79 7 Euarchontoglires: Euarchonta Primates, Tree Shrews, and Colugos 80 Archontans 80 Order Scandentia (Tree Shrews) 82 Order Dermoptera (Colugos, or Flying Lemurs) 82 Order Plesiadapiformes (Plesiadapids) 84 Order Primates (Euprimates) 86 8 Euarchontoglires: Glires Rodents and Lagomorphs 94 Chisel Teeth 94 Order Rodentia (Rodents) 95 Order Lagomorpha (Rabbits, Hares, and Pikas) 101 9 Laurasiatheria: Insectivores Order Eulipotyphla and Other Insectivorous Mammals 103 Order Eulipotyphla 103 Extinct Insectivorous Groups 107 10 Laurasiatheria: Chiroptera Bats 112 Bat Origins 114 11 Laurasiatheria: Pholidota Pangolins, or Scaly Anteaters 117 Order Pholidota (Pangolins) 118 Palaeanodonts 120 12 Laurasiatheria: Carnivora and Creodonta Predatory Mammals 122 Carnivores, Carnivorans, and Creodonts 122 Order Creodonta 124 Order Carnivora 127 13 Laurasiatheria: Ungulata Hoofed Mammals and Their Relatives 146 Condylarths 147 14 Laurasiatheria: Artiodactyla Even-Toed Hoofed Mammals: Pigs, Hippos, Whales, Camels, Ruminants, and Their Extinct Relatives 151 Artiodactyl Origins 153 Suoid Artiodactyls 154 Whippomorpha 160 Tylopods 169 Ruminantia 175 15 Laurasiatheria: Perissodactyla Odd-Toed Hoofed Mammals: Horses, Rhinos, Tapirs, and Their Extinct Relatives 186 Equoids 187 Tapiroids 191 Rhinocerotoids 196 Brontotheres, or Titanotheres 199 16 Laurasiatheria: Meridiungulata South American Hoofed Mammals 203 Order Notoungulata (Southern Ungulates) 205 Order Pyrotheria (Fire Beasts) 206 Order Astrapotheria (Lightning Beasts) 207 Order Litopterna (Litopterns, or Smooth Heels) 207 17 Uintatheres, Pantodonts, Taeniodonts, and Tillodonts 209 Order Dinocerata (Uintatheres) 209 Order Pantodonta (Pantodonts) 212 Order Taeniodonta (Taeniodonts) 214 Order Tillodontia (Tillodonts) 216 18 Mammalian Evolution and Extinction 218 Why Were Prehistoric Mammals So Big? 218 Where Have All the Megamammals Gone? 219 How Did Mammals Diversify after the Dinosaurs Vanished? 222 What about Mass Extinctions? 228 The Future of Mammals 229 Illustration Credits 231 Further Reading 232 Index (with Pronunciation Guide for Taxonomic Names) 234.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691156828 20161219
After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. Here is the ultimate illustrated field guide to the lost world of these weird and wonderful prehistoric creatures. A woolly mammoth probably won't come thundering through your vegetable garden any time soon. But if one did, this would be the book to keep on your windowsill next to the binoculars. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals, discussing taxonomy and evolutionary history, and providing concise accounts of the better-known genera and species as well as an up-to-date family tree for each group. No other book presents such a wealth of new information about these animals--what they looked like, how they behaved, and how they were interrelated. In addition, this unique guide is stunningly illustrated throughout with full-color reconstructions of these beasts--many never before depicted--along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world. * Provides an up-to-date guidebook to hundreds of extinct species, from saber-toothed cats to giant mammoths * Features a wealth of color illustrations, including new reconstructions of many animals never before depicted* Demonstrates evolution in action--such as how whales evolved from hoofed mammals and how giraffes evolved from creatures with short necks* Explains how mass extinctions and climate change affected mammals, including why some mammals grew so huge.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691156828 20161219
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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xv, 480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY The Golden State Building Blocks: Minerals and Rocks Dating California: Stratigraphy and Geochronology The Big Picture: Tectonics and Structural Geology Earthquakes and Seismology GEOLOGIC PROVINCES OF CALIFORNIA Young Volcanoes: The Cascades and Modoc Plateau The Broken Land: The Basin and Range Province Gold, Glaciers, and Granitics: The Sierra Nevada Mountains Mantle Rocks and Exotic Terranes: The Klamath Mountains Oil and Agriculture: The Great Valley The San Andreas Fault Zone Melanges, Granitics, and Ophiolites: The Coast Ranges Compression, Rotation, Uplift: The Transverse Ranges and Adjacent Basins Granitics, Gems, and Geothermal Springs: The Peninsular Ranges and Salton Trough Assembling California: A Four-Dimensional Jigsaw Puzzle CALIFORNIA'S GEOLOGIC RESOURCES California Gold California Oil California Water California's Coasts California's Fossil Resources.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498707916 20170313
California has some of the most distinctive and unique geology in the United States. It is the only state with all three types of plate boundaries, an extraordinary history of earthquakes and volcanoes, and it has many rocks and minerals found nowhere else. The Golden State includes both the highest and lowest point in the continental US and practically every conceivable geological feature known. This book discusses not only the important geologic features of each region in California, but also the complex geologic four-dimensional puzzle of how California was assembled, beginning over 2 billion years ago. The author provides up-to-date and authoritative review of the geology and geomorphology of each geologic province, as well as recent revelations of tectonic history of California's past. There are separate chapters on some of California's distinctive geologic resources, including gold, oil, water, coastlines, and fossils. An introductory section describes basic rock and mineral types and fundamental aspects of plate tectonics, so that students and other readers can make sense of the bizarre, wild, and crazy jigsaw puzzle that is California's geological history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498707916 20170313
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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xvii, 174 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: the lost world
  • The island continent
  • Tyrant lizard kings
  • Giants among giants
  • Demise of the dinosaurs
  • Living dinosaurs
  • Land of the reptilian monsters
  • The old timers I: killer opossums
  • The old timers II: pseudo-elephants, pseudo-hippos, and pseudo-horses
  • The old timers III: the slow folk
  • The castaways
  • Invasion!
  • Where have all the mammals gone?
  • Epilogue: The sixth extinction.
More than a hundred years ago, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a novel called The Lost World with the exciting premise that dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts still ruled in South America. Little did Conan Doyle know, there were terrifying monsters in South America--they just happened to be extinct. In fact, South America has an incredible history as a land where many strange creatures evolved and died out. In his book Giants of the Lost World: Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Monsters of South America, Donald R. Prothero uncovers the real science and history behind this fascinating story. The largest animal ever discovered was the huge sauropod dinosaur Argentinosaurus, which was about 130 feet long and weighed up to 100 tons. The carnivorous predator Giganotosaurus weighed in at more than 8 tons and measured more than 47 feet long, dwarfing the T. rex in comparison. Gigantic anacondas broke reptile records; possums evolved into huge saber-toothed predators; and ground sloths grew larger than elephants in this strange, unknown land. Prothero presents the scientific details about each of these prehistoric beasts, provides a picture of the ancient landscapes they once roamed, and includes the stories of the individuals who first discovered their fossils for a captivating account of a lost world that is stranger than fiction.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781588345738 20161114
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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1 online resource (688 pages) : illustrations
The leading textbook in its field, this work applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics. Written for biology and geology undergrads, the text bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and solely descriptive invertebrate paleobiology books, emphasizing the cataloguing of live organisms over dead objects. This third edition revises art and research throughout, expands the coverage of invertebrates, includes a discussion of new methodologies, and adds a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231536905 20160802
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xvi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • 1. Reality Check Introduction Belief vs. Reality 2. Science, our Candle in the Darkness A World Transformed What Is Science? Baloney Detection Whom Can We Trust? 3. Selling Out Science "Cancer by the Carton" The Truth Will Set You Free - If You Can Find It Secondhand Smoke Kills, Too Star Wars vs. Nuclear Winter - How To Crucify Carl Sagan 4. Making the Environment the Enemy: Acid Rain, the Ozone Hole, and the Demonization of Rachel Carson The Tragedy of the Commons Acid Rain: Death from the Skies The Ozone Hole: Another Environmental Crisis Resolved Rachel Carson and DDT: How Far Will the Anti-Environmentalists Go? 5. Warm Enough for You? Political Hot Air Global Climate Change: the Scientific Evidence The Global Climate Denialist Conspiracy It's all Politics - and Our Planet Is the Hostage 6. Gimme that Old Time Religion: Creationism and the Denial of Humanity's Place in Nature The Battle that Never Ends Why Do We Say Evolution Is Real? What Is Creationism? What Is Intelligent Design Creationism? The Creationists' Standard (Discredited) Arguments Why Should We Care? 7. Jenny's Body Count: Playing Russian Roulette with Our Children The "Good Old Days" The Anti-Vaxxers Vaccines and Autism: Is There a Link? Playing Russian Roulette--With Other People's Children 8. Victims of Modern Witch Doctors: AIDS Denialism The Strangest Denialism of All The Scourge of Africa Ignorance that Kills: AIDS Denialism Denying Death 9. If it Quacks like a Quack: Snake-Oil Con Artists in an Era of Medical Science Modern Snake-Oil Salesmen Homeopathy: The "Water Cure" Revisited Back-Cracking: The Chiropractic Con Game Where is the Evidence? 10. Down the Slope of Hubbert's Curve: The End of Cheap Oil and Natural Resources The Never-Ending Oil Crisis The Wealth of Nations The End of Cheap Oil What Do We Do? 11. Crowded Enough for You? Human Overpopulation and its Consequences The Ticking Time Bomb Once Upon a Time... Do the Math! In Growth We Trust The Limits of Human Population Our Fellow Planetary Passengers: Do They Count? 12. Rejection of Reality: How Denial of Science Threatens Us All Unscientific America Is our Children Learning Science? Why Do They Do It? Idiocracy Consequences Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253010292 20160612
The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country - all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientific community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes, and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253010292 20160612
Green Library
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141 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
  • Preface 1. Quicksand!-- 2. 30 Million Years Ago in Asia-- 3. "New Conquest of Central Asia"-- 4. Rhinoceroses without Horns-- 5. Building a Giant-- 6. What's in a Name?-- 7. Life among Giants Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253008190 20160611
A book for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres introduces a prime candidate for the largest land mammal that ever lived - the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals lived in Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 2 metres / 6 feet long, stood over 7 meters / 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were nearly twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 20,000 kg / 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, although they must have made predators think twice before trying to bring them down. In this book for lovers of ancient creatures great and small, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery by palaeontologists just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died, with some interesting side trips along the way.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253008190 20160611
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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326 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • Earthquakes : the Earth in upheaval
  • Tsunamis : the sea rises up
  • Volcanoes : the Earth's cauldron
  • Landslides : gravity always wins
  • Floods : raging waters
  • Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons : nature on the rampage
  • Tornadoes : funnels of disaster
  • Blizzard : white death
  • Ice ages : frozen planet
  • Greenhouse planet : too hot to handle?
  • Mass extinctions : when life nearly died
  • Can we survive nature and our own folly?
Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earth-and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events. Prothero describes in gripping detail some of the most important natural disasters in history: * the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1811-1812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston* the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people* the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Nevado del Ruiz His clear and straightforward explanations of the forces that caused these disasters accompany gut-wrenching accounts of terrifying human experiences and a staggering loss of human life. Floods that wash out whole regions, earthquakes that level a single country, hurricanes that destroy everything in their path-all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world. Dramatic photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the devastation wrought by these events, and the people-both heroes and fools-that are caught up in the earth's relentless forces. Eerie, fascinating, and often moving, these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book down.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780801896927 20160605
Green Library
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x, 274 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Preface 1. Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs 2. Bad Lands, Good Fossils 3. Magnets and Lasers 4. "Punk Eek" in the Badlands 5. Death of the Dinosaurs 6. Marine World 7. Rocky Mountain Jungles and Eels' Ears 8. From Greenhouse to Icehouse 9. Once and Future Greenhouse? 10. Kids, Dinosaurs, and the Future of Paleontology Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231146609 20160528
Donald R. Prothero's science books combine straightforward research with first-person narratives of discovery, injecting warmth and familiarity into a profession that desperately needs a more appealing approach to nonspecialists. Bringing his trademark style to an increasingly relevant subject of concern, Prothero links the climate changes that have occurred over the past 200 million years to their effects on plants and animals, especially contrasting the extinctions that ended the Cretaceous period, which wiped out the dinosaurs, with those of the later Eocene and Oligocene epochs. Prothero begins with the "greenhouse of the dinosaurs, " the global-warming episode that dominated the Age of Dinosaurs and the early Age of Mammals. He describes the remarkable creatures that once populated the earth and uses his experiences collecting fossils in the Big Badlands of South Dakota to sketch their world. He then discusses the growth of the first Antarctic glaciers, which marked the Eocene-Oligocene transition. In following this dramatic transformation, Prothero shares his anecdotes of excavations and activists and illuminates the controversies between colleagues that shape our understanding of the contemporary and prehistoric world. He concludes with observations about Nisqually Glacier and other locations that prove global warming is happening much quicker than previously predicted, irrevocably changing the balance of the earth's thermostat.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231518321 20160527
Donald R. Prothero's science books combine leading research with first-person narratives of discovery, injecting warmth and familiarity into a profession that has much to offer nonspecialists. Bringing his trademark style and wit to an increasingly relevant subject of concern, Prothero links the climate changes that have occurred over the past 200 million years to their effects on plants and animals. In particular, he contrasts the extinctions that ended the Cretaceous period, which wiped out the dinosaurs, with those of the later Eocene and Oligocene epochs.Prothero begins with the "greenhouse of the dinosaurs, " the global-warming episode that dominated the Age of Dinosaurs and the early Age of Mammals. He describes the remarkable creatures that once populated the earth and draws on his experiences collecting fossils in the Big Badlands of South Dakota to sketch their world. Prothero then discusses the growth of the first Antarctic glaciers, which marked the Eocene-Oligocene transition, and shares his own anecdotes of excavations and controversies among colleagues that have shaped our understanding of the contemporary and prehistoric world. The volume concludes with observations about Nisqually Glacier and other locations that show how global warming is happening much quicker than previously predicted, irrevocably changing the balance of the earth's thermostat. Engaging scientists and general readers alike, Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs connects events across thousands of millennia to make clear the human threat to natural climate change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231146609 20160528
Green Library
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xxi, 381 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism, " Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. "Evolution" is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as aleading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231511421 20160527
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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ix, 218 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
  • 1. Introduction-- 2. Methods-- 3. Systematics-- 4. Postcranial osteology-- 5. Biogeography-- 6. Paleoecology and evolutionary patterns-- 7. Conclusions-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521832403 20160528
The family Rhinocerotidae has a long and amazing history in North America. From their first appearance about 40 million years ago, they diversified into an incredible array of taxa, with a variety of ecologies that don't resemble any of the five living species. They ranged from delicate long-legged dog-sized forms, to huge hippo-like forms that apparently lived in rivers and lakes. This book includes a systematic review of the entire North American Rhinocerotidae, with complete descriptions, measurements, and figures of every bone in every species - the first such review in over a century. More importantly, it discusses the biogeographic patterns of rhinos, their evolutionary patterns and paleoecology, and what rhinos tell us about the evolution of North American landscapes and faunas over 35 million years. It is a complete and authoritative volume that will be a reference of interest to a variety of scientists for years to come.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521832403 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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viii, 503 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • The Fossil Record: A Window on the Past1 The Fossil Record2 Variation in Fossils3 Species and Speciation4 Systematics5 Evolution6 Extinction7 Functional Morphology8 Paleoecology9 Biogeography10 BiostratigraphyLife of the Past and Present11 Micropaleontology: Fossil Protistans12 Colonial Life: Sponges, Archaeocyathans, and Cnidarians 13 The Lophophorates: Brachiopods and Bryozoans14 Jointed Limbs: The Arthropods15 Kingdom of the Seashell: The Molluscs16 Spiny Skins: The Echinoderms17 Dry Bones: Vertebrates and Their Relatives18 Fossilized Behavior: Trace Fossils19 Traces of the Earth's Green Mantle: Paleobotany.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780073661704 20160528
This is the first text to combine both paleontology and paleobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine them in teaching. It bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and purely descriptive invertebrate paleontology books. The text is targeted at undergraduate geology and biology majors, with the emphasis on organisms, rather than dead objects to be described and catalogued. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics, and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780073661704 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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vii, 557 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
  • PART I: SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS - Sedimentary Rocks: An Introduction - Weathering - Clastic Transport and Fluid Flow - Sedimentary Structures - PART II: SILICICLASTIC SEDIMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTS - Sandstones and Conglomerates - Mudrocks - Siliciclastic Diagenesis - Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments - Coastal Environments - Siliciclastic Marine and Pelagic Environments - PART III: BIOGENIC, CHEMICAL AND OTHER NON-SILICICLASTIC SEDIMENTARY ROCKS - Carbonate Rocks - Carbonate Environments - Other Biogenic Sedimentary Rocks - Chemical and Non-Epiclastic Sedimentary Rocks - PART IV: STRATIGRAPHY - Lithostratigraphy - Biostratigraphy - Geophysical and Chemostratigraphic Correlation - Geochronology and Chronostratigraphy - Sedimentary Rocks in Space and Time - APPENDICES - North American Stratigraphic Code (1983) - Geologic Time Scales - References - Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780716739050 20160528
This is an accessible introductory text for geology students, which encompasses both sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy. "Sedimentary Geology" utilizes important research in tectonics and sedimentation and focuses on crucial geological principles. The text covers a wide range of topics, including trace fossils, mudrocks, diagentetic structures and seismic stratigraphy. Contributions from chemistry, physics and structure are drawn upon throughout the book. The second edition brings the text right up to date and includes new sections on peri-glacial environments and the use of palesols new research covering recent thoughts about aragonite/calcite seas new developments in organodiagenetic dolomite models and perspective on the effect of drastic historical changes in the earth and findings on these changes in the sedimentary record.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780716739050 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
Book
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm.
  • 1 Time and Terrestrial Change 2 Floods, Fossils, and Heresies: "No vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end?" 3 Evolution 4 The Relative Geologic Time Scale and Modern Concepts of Stratigraphy 5 The Numerical Dating of the Earth 6 Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth 7 Mountain Building and Drifting Continents 8 Cryptozoic History: An Introduction to the Origin of Continental Crust 9 Early Life and its Patterns 10 Earliest Paleozoic History: The Sauk Sequence - An Introduction to Cratons and Epeiric Seas 11 The Later Ordovician: Further Studies of Plate Tectonics and the Paleogeography of Orogenic Belts 12 The Middle Paleozoic: Time of Reefs, Salt, and Forests 13 Late Paleozoic History: A Tectonic Climax and Retreat of the Sea 14 The Mesozoic Era: Age of Reptiles and Continental Breakup 15 Cenozoic History: Threshold of the Present 16 Pleistocene Glaciation and the Advent of Humans 17 The Best of all Possible Worlds? Appendix I The Classification and Relationships of Life Appendix II English Equivalents of Metric Measures.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780073661872 20160527
"Evolution of the Earth" reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth historians, what kinds of evidence (and tools for gathering that evidence), and what processes of reasoning and limitations of hypotheses are involved in reconstructing and interpreting the past. Each chapter begins with a list of highlights entitled "Major Concepts". Many chapters have a summary timeline that puts the entire sequence of events into a quick visual reference frame. The use of dioramas and reconstructions of extinct animals and plants has been greatly expanded, so that students can get a more vivid concept of typical life in any part of the geologic past. In many places, the authors have supplied a full page of color photos of classic fossils from each period to improve the visual recognition of the organisms that give life its distinctive history. The areas of hottest controversy, such as mass extinctions, dinosaur endothermy, the origin of life, and controversies over late Proterozoic tectonics and glaciation, have been given separate sections so that students can appreciate the different sides of the debates.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780073661872 20160527
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
Book
ix, 311 p. : ill., map ; 29 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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viii, 457 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
Book
xv, 575 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Sedimentary processes and products: Sedimentary rocks - an introduction-- weathering-- sedimentary transport-- sedimentary structures. Siliclastic sediments and environments: Conglomerates ans sandstones-- mudrocks-- siliclastic diagenesis-- non-marine sedimentary environments-- coastal environments-- siliclastic marine and pelagic environments. Carbonates and other sediments: Carbonate rocks-- carbonate environments-- other biogenic sedimentary rocks-- chemical and non-epiclastic sedimentary rocks. Stratigraphy: Lithostratigraphy-- biostratigraphy-- geophysical and geochemical correlation-- geochronology and chronostratigraphy-- sedimentary rocks in space and time-- appendices - geologic time scale and North American stratigraphic code (1983).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780716727262 20160528
The two primary areas of study - sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy - are presented in this sleek, complete and up-to-date undergraduate text. Background principles in chemistry, physics and structure are introduced as needed, so that the authors' lean, lively approach and focus on soft rock geology principles are preserved. The book contains the latest information on sequence stratigraphy and seismic stratigraphy. "This year's best introductory text in sedimentology." New Scientist, 1996.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780716727262 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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291 p.
Describes the Eocene-Oligocene extinctions, an important turning-point in Earth history approximately 40 million years ago, when the first signs of Antarctic glaciation appeared. The text relates how, during a period of global cooling, the planet's climate and vegetation changed dramatically.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231080903 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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xii, 410 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
"Interpreting the Stratigraphic Record" reflects the tremendous changes that have taken place in the discipline of stratigraphy in recent years. It covers the classical principles of lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy, still the core of the discipline. New subjects include: geochronology - the use of radioactive decay to determine absolute age; many new techniques - particularly seismic stratigraphy, magnetic stratigraphy, and isotope stratigraphy; and the interpretation of depositional environments. This text provides undergraduates, with some background in physical and historical geology, the tools to master the principles of stratigraphy as seen in surface outcrops. The author has taken care to avoid too much technical detail or specialization in order to make it accessible to students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780716718543 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
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xvi, 411 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Foreword by Michael ShermerPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Cryptozoology: Real Science or Pseudoscience?2. Bigfoot: The Sasquatch3. The Yeti: The Abominable Snowman4. Nessie: The Loch Ness Monster5. The Evolution of the Sea Serpent: From Hippocamp to Cadborosaurus6. Mokele Mbembe: The Congo Dinosaur7. Why Do People Believe in Monsters? The Complexity of CryptozoologyNotesIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231153201 20160612
Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231153201 20160612
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xvi, 735, [93] p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 28 cm. + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
Written for students of geology, this text incorporates advances in earth science such as plate tectonics, global warming, and the interconnectivity bewteen the history of Earth and the history of life. It begins with a brief discussion of cosmology and the world's origin.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393974232 20160527
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)

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