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Dinosaurs under the Big Sky

 
Montana dinosaurs

What Dinosaurs Roamed in Montana?


For amateur collectors, budding paleontologists, and anyone interested in the dinosaurs that once roamed Montana, this book describes the different species known to have lived in Montana. Written by a world-renowned paleontologist, Dinosaurs under the Big Sky recreates their world, explains the historical background, and gives the reader insight into how scientists really do their work. This 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" paperback has 195 pages with tons of color photographs and illustrations. See table of contents at the bottom of this page. Jack Horner, author.
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Dinosaurs under the Big Sky
Table of Contents

1. Introduction

1
    Amateur Paleontology
3
    Who Owns the Land and the Fossils?
4
    Recording Your Discoveries
5
    The Purpose of Museums
8
    Monetary Value of Dinosaur Fossils
10
    Scientific Language and Classification
11
        Latin and Greek, The Languages of Paleontology
11
        Classification and the Relationships of Dinosaurs
12

2. Stories in the Rocks

16
    Geological Time
16
    Montana's Geology
19
    Taphonomy
28
        Articulated Skeletons
30
        Associated Skeletal Remains
31
        Bonebeds
32
        Microsites
34
        Isolated Bones
35
    Preservation of Dinosaur Fossils
36
        Skeletal Remains
36
        Soft Tissue
37
        Footprints
39
        Eggs and Nests
40
        Coprolites and Gizzard Stones
43

3. History of Dinosaur Collecting in Montana

44

4. Mesozoic History of Montana and Vicinity

60
    Triassic Time, Scythian Stage
61
    Jurassic Time, Kimmeridgian Stage
61
    Cretaceous Time
63
        Early Cretaceous Time, Aptian/Albian Stages
63
        Middle Cretaceous Time, Turonian Stage
68
        Late Cretaceous Time, Santonian Stage
69
        Late Cretaceous Time, Campanian Stage
70
        Late Cretaceous Time, Maastrichtian Stage
76
        Latest Cretaceous Time, Maastrichtian Stage
77

5. Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Fossils of Montana

81
    Jurassic Dinosaurs of Montana
85
        Late Jurassic, Morrison Formation
86
            Ornithischian Dinosaurs
87
            Saurischian Dinosaurs
89
            Nondinosaurian Vertebrate Fossils from the Morrison Formation of Montana
92
    Cretaceous Dinosaurs of Montana
92
        Early Cretaceous, Cloverly Formation
93
            Ornithischian Dinosaurs
93
            Saurischian Dinosaurs
97
            Common Nondinosaurian Fossils from the Cloverly Formation
99
        Late Cretaceous, Two Medicine Formation
100
            Ornithischian Dinosaurs
101
                Hadrosauridae (Duck-bill Dinosaurs)
101
                Pachycephalosauridae (Dome-headed Dinosaurs)
106
                Protoceratopsidae
107
                Ceratopsidae
108
                Ankylosauridae (Armored Dinosaurs)
110
            Saurischian Dinosaurs
111
            Common Nondinosaurian Vertebrate Fossils from the Two Medicine Formation
116
        Late Cretaceous, Judith River Formation
117
            Ornithischian Dinosaurs
118
            Saurischian Dinosaurs
122
            Common Nondinosaurian Vertebrate Fossils from the Judith River Formation
124
        Late Cretaceous, Livingston Group - Miners Creek, Billman Creek,
        and Hoppers Formations
125
        Late Cretaceous, St. Mary River Formation
126
            Nondinosaurian Vertebrate Fossils from the St. Mary River Formation
127
        Late Cretaceous, Hell Creek Formation
127
            Ornithischian Dinosaurs
128
                "Hypsilophodontid" Grade
128
                Pachycephalosauridae
129
                Ceratopsidae
130
                Hadrosauridae
132
                Ankylosauridae
134
            Saurischian Dinosaurs
135
            Common Nondinosaurian Vertebrate Fossils from the Hell Creek Formation
138

6. Pseudofossils: Dinosaur Bone and Egg Look-Alikes

141
    Concretions
141
    Septarian Nodules
143
    Geodes
144
    Odd Rocks
144

7. Collection, Preservation, and Curation of Vertebrate Fossils

145
    Collection and Preservation
145
    Curation
148

8. Museums and Dinosaur Dig Sites in Montana

151
    Montana Museums that Display Dinosaur Fossils
152
    Where You Can See Dinosaur Fossils Being Excavated
153

Appendix I. Some State and Federal Agencies that Manage
Land in Montana

154

Appendix II. Skeletal Details

155
    General Skeletal Information
155
    Skull
157
    Vertebrae
162
    Front Leg
166
    Hind Leg
168

Glossary

170

Additional Reading

178
    Popular and Scientific Books that Refer to Montana Dinosaurs
178
    Books About Dinosaurs from Other States
179
    Scientific Publications about Montana Dinosaurs
179

Index

189

 

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