In addition to peer-reviewed research papers, Steve
Brusatte, a graduate student at Columbia University who is
advised by Museum Curator Mark Norell, has
already written children's dinosaur guides and a
coffee-table book of dinosaurs and their relatives. Now,
he's added another book to the list.
Dinosaur Paleobiology, which was released in May,
is the first in a paleobiology series from Wiley-Blackwell.
The book synthesizes what scientists currently understand
about dinosaur biology-including feeding, locomotion,
growth, and reproduction-as well as dinosaur evolution.
Photographs and illustrations from Mick Ellison, a senior
principal artist at the Museum, and Jason Brougham, senior
preparator in the Exhibition Department, bring dinosaurs
and fossils to life on the page.
"My hope is that this is something researchers would have
on their bookshelves," says Brusatte, "but also something
that a student could use as a gateway to learning more
about dinosaurs at a higher technical level."
Dinosaur Paleobiology also explores how scientists
know what they know about these ancient animals. To
reconstruct how dinosaurs would have walked or fed, for
instance, researchers use advanced computer modeling. The
dinosaur tree of life can be refined by new technology,
too: more powerful statistical analysis and techniques are
enabling scientists to refine their understanding of how