edited by Philip J. Currie and Eva B. Koppelhus
Dinosaur Provincial Park, located in Alberta, Canada, is one of the grand natural locales in the world. It has also produced an abundance of dinosaur fossils, including specimens from every known group of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. This book, published in celebration of the site's 50th anniversary, is the first scientific overview of the park, its flora and fauna, its major fossil discoveries, and its ecology. Philip J. Currie and Eva B. Koppelhus, along with a team of 32 other scientists, present a comprehensive synthesis of information.Chapters include studies of the park's geology, paleoecology, bonebeds, and taphonomic modes. Other chapters summarize the palynomorphs, mollusks, fishes, lissamphibians, crocodylians, and pterosaurs, among other extinct denizens of the park. And, of course, there are studies of the major dinosaur and mammal discoveries at the site. A special colour insert features life reconstructions of the Park's animals by some of the world's finest paleo-artists. The book also includes a CD-ROM with additional data and photographs.This comprehensive history of a remarkable window into the history of the earth will be required reading for everyone interested in the life of the past.
For more than twenty-five years, Philip J. Currie has collected dinosaurs in Alberta, British Columbia, the Arctic, Argentina, China and Mongolia. As the Curator of Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, his research focuses on problems with growth and variation, the anatomy and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, the origin of birds, dinosaurian behaviour, and the rich Cretaceous ecosystem of Dinosaur Provincial Park.Eva B. Koppelhus has been an adjunct research scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology for the last six years. She is a palynologist, educated at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Before that she worked for more than a decade at the Geological Surveys of Denmark and Greenland, where her research focused on floras of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods. At the Tyrrell Museum, she has worked with material from the Centrosaurus bonebeds in Dinosaur Provincial Park to determine more about the plants associated with this dinosaur.