This work comes out in a few months though, as you can guess, I have my own advance copy already…
Much more in due time. As before, see if you can identify any of the other works visible (just about) on the shelves. Some are easier than others!
UPDATE: Well done if you had a go at guessing the books visible in the shot above. Yes, that’s The Dinosauria (softback 1992) and Paul’s Dinosaurs of the Air at far left, with Matt Wedel’s 2007 PhD thesis Postcranial Pneumaticity in Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Avian Lung sandwiched in between. The slim, white and blue volume to the left of Matt’s thesis is Zbigniew Szyndlar and Jean-Claude Rage’s 2003 Non-erycine Booidea from the Oligocene and Miocene of Europe. On top of this pile, we can see the spine of David Norman’s The Prehistoric World of the Dinosaur, and the spine of the little Eichstätt Museum volume Drachen der Lüfte. The purple volume is the NHS The Pregnancy Book and the thick volume underneath it is the multi-authored Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, notable for its many Franczak and Paul pictures, and certainly not for its text. Over on the right, Pilleri’s The Cetacea of the Italian Pliocene, Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution (yes, the one from Beijing 2000; Zhonghe Zhou once gave it to me), and John Burton’s Snakes: an Illustrated Guide are obvious. The thick green volume is Angela Kirton’s (still unpublished) PhD thesis A Review of British Upper Jurassic Ichthyosaurs.
As correctly noted by AnJaCo, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries is sitting on top of two volumes of Handbuch der Paläoherpetologie: Steel’s Saurischia volume is on the top, and Reisz’s Pelycosauria is beneath it. Towards the left, the yellow belongs to Simone Maganuco et al.’s new monograph An exquisite specimen of Edingerella madagascariensis (Temnospondyli) from the Lower Triassic of NW Madagascar: cranial anatomy, phylogeny, and restoration [shown here, with another bit of the same bookshelf]. I still haven’t thanked Simone for sending this: it’s a very impressive piece of work! Finally, the books in the little pile at bottom left are just about impossible to identify. The turquoise corner visible at the top belongs to Colbert’s Men and Dinosaurs and the very top of the front cover of LeBlond and Bousfield’s Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep is also visible. Hong Kong Amphibians and Reptiles is also in the pile, but unidentifiable.
Clearly… my library is in total disarray right now. It really is: books are scattered all over the house, in all the rooms. I had to lose my office when Emma was born.
Coming next: Inside Nature’s Giants!