The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Science - 294 pages

In The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates, the major scientific disputes that have contributed to the understanding of dinosaurs come to light. Each chapter presents a major controversy then ponders the lessons learned and their impact on the scientific field.

Colorful characters such as "anti-evolutionist" Robert Owen, "Darwin's bulldog," T.H. Huxley, and "dinosaur heretic" Robert Bakker, enliven the debates, which range from the origin of dinosaurs and their posture to their evolution or retrogression and whether they were warm- or cold-blooded. Two of the most recent debates concern how dinosaurs became extinct and whether or not birds are their descendents.

 

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Contents

Why All the Fuss?
1
Fearfully Great Lizards
15
Huxley Agonistes
33
Range War
49
Whose Dinosaur? Kaiser Bills or Uncle Sams?
71
ColdBlooded WarmBlooded or Neither?
87
The Raptor and the Hummingbird
105
Sometimes You Have a Really Bad Day and Something Falls out of the Sky
121
Evolution
155
Glossary
169
Chronology
173
References
177
Documents
185
Document Credits and Acknowledgments
289
Index
291
Copyright

Dinosaurs and Their World
145

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About the author (2004)

Keith Parsons is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

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