A historical review of the most important scientific controversies that have shaped our knowledge of dinosaurs since their discovery in the 1820s.
A historical review of the most important scientific controversies that have shaped our knowledge of dinosaurs since the discovery of important fossils in the 1820s.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.Introductory chapter on the role of controversy in science focusing on the contributions of scientists such as Edward Cope and T. H. HuxleyIllustrations of the major figures involved in the debates
Table of Contents
1 Why All the Fuss? 1 (14)
2 "Fearfully Great Lizards" 15 (18)
3 Huxley Agonistes 33 (16)
4 Range War 49 (22)
5 Whose Dinosaur? Kaiser Bill's or Uncle Sam's? 71 (16)
6 Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded, or Neither? 87 (18)
7 The Raptor and the Hummingbird 105(16)
8 "Sometimes You Have a Really Bad Day, and 121(24)
Something Falls out of the Sky"
Appendix I; Dinosaurs and Their World 145(10)
Appendix II: Evolution 155(14)
Document Credits and Acknowledgments 289(2)