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How We Know What We Know

Mary Higby Schweitzer, Elena Rita Schroeter, Charles Doug Czajka


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This textbook introduces research on dinosaurs by describing the science behind how we know what we know about dinosaurs. A wide range of topics is covered, from fossils and taphonomy to dinosaur physiology, evolution, and extinction. In addition, sedimentology, paleo-tectonics, and non-dinosaurian Mesozoic life are discussed. There is a special opportunity to capitalize on the enthusiasm for dinosaurs that students bring to classrooms to foster a deeper engagement in all sciences. Students are encouraged to synthesize information, employ critical thinking, construct hypotheses, devise methods to test these hypotheses, and come to new defensible conclusions, just as paleontologists do.

Key Features

Clear and easy to read dinosaur text with well-defined terminology

Over 600 images and diagrams to illustrate concepts and aid learning

Reading objectives for each chapter section to guide conceptual learning and encourage active reading

Companion website ( that includes supporting materials such as in-class activities, question banks, lists of suggested specimens, and more to encourage student participation and active learning

Ending each chapter with a specific What We Don't Know section to encourage student curiosity

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CRC Press, 9781138608160, 562pp.

Publication Date: November 18, 2020

About the Author

Mary Higby Schweitzer received her PhD from Montana State University and did much of her research at the world famous Museum of the Rockies, which houses one of the best dinosaur fossil collections. She is currently Professor in the Department of Bioogyical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is famous for her controversial search for dinosaur macromolecules including proteins and DNA. Elena R. Schroeter and Doug Czajka are both colleagues of Mary at North Carolina State University.