Sneak peek

This work comes out in a few months though, as you can guess, I have my own advance copy already...

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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 The thick green volume is Angela Kirton's (still unpublished) PhD thesis A Review of British Upper Jurassic Ichthyosaurs.

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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!

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I can't wait to get this book! Oh, and the book on the far left is the first edition of The Dinosauria.

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

I also see Gregory S. Paul's (wonderful) Dinosaurs of the Air.

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

Dude! You got an advance copy of "Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution"? The one in Beijing?? You are so lucky.

I can see either 'The Big Cats and their fossil relatives' or 'Dogs: Their fossil relatives and evolutionary history" in the background.

Looking foward to it

By Bob Michaels (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

I am looking forward to seeing this book.

"Is that 'The Dinosaur Heresies" at far left?"

Nope, it's the first edition of The Dinosauria.

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

My favorite book in the pic is just to the left. It is the Postcranial Pneumaticity in Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Avain Lung by Mr. Wedel who is the graduate roommate of my mentor Julian Hilliard. Don't have that book yet but I soon will!!! And Mr. Naish's book will be an acquisition soon there after!

By Michael Bogan (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

With a name like "The Great Dinosaur Discoveries", this should be a long book! I know the book on the left is "the Dinosauria", but I'm afraid I can't make out any of the others. And isn't that a Velociraptor on the cover of your book, Darren (a real one, not the Jurassic Park counterfeit?) Looks like a great read, good luck with it!

By Raymond Minton (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

I can just about make out "POSTCRANIAL PNEUMATICITY IN DINOSAURS AND THE QUEEN OF THE ANTHILLING". Strange book, I'll wager.

By Nathan Myers (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

"And isn't that a Velociraptor on the cover of your book, Darren"

It's actually Tsaagan.

By Michael Ogden … (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

the book on the far left is the first edition of The Dinosauria.

The paperback edition, 1992, unfortunately but understandably not updated. The hardcover edition is from 1990 and is a big black brick, much like Matt Wedel's thesis which (as mentioned above) stands right next to it.

By David MarjanoviÄ (not verified) on 25 Jul 2009 #permalink

""Dude! You got an advance copy of "Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution"? The one in Beijing?? You are so lucky."" Wow that is the nerdiest thing I have ever heard in my life. I mean that in a good way.

Mr. Wedel who is the graduate roommate of my mentor Julian Hilliard

Whoa, dude! How is Julian these days? For those of you who don't know him, Julian Hilliard is a great guy to go herping with, fishing, digging up dinosaurs, dissecting cadavers...pretty much the compleat zoologist. We used to go seine the local creeks and split the catch; he'd feed his half to his caiman and I'd feed mine to my snapping turtle. Good times!

Good jacket. That picture of the guy posing with the sauropod limb is impressive !

Ok, no more guesses on the books - answers just added to post above. And thanks for positive comments about Naish (2009).

Darren:

On top of this pile, we can see the spine of David Norman's The Prehistoric World of the Dinosaur

Ah, I was wondering about that one. I first thought that it was his good ol' classic Dinosaur! but the dust jacket didn't match that of any edition that I know of, and the title's obligatory exclamation mark was missing.

Incidentally, David Norman, as Darren and I know, is not a septuagenarian (sorry for the in-joke).

Clearly... my library is in total disarray right now. It really is: books are scattered all over the house, in all the rooms.

I'm curious; what's the total number of biology books in the Naish household? Do you keep track?

Oh, and congratulations for the book from me too!

Thanks for congrats, Dartian. Total number of books: I have no idea. I just asked Toni and she said "Oh, I dunno, millions". If I have time (which I don't) I'll count them later today.

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.

Of course it is! - though the absence of any text on the spine makes it an easy volume to lose on the shelf (I remedied that for my copy, when it eventually turned up again).

I can't see anything else there that's also on my shelf - I haven't even been able to obtain Worthy and Holdaway's Lost World of the Moa.

By John Scanlon, FCD (not verified) on 26 Jul 2009 #permalink

What?! No Copies of The Hunt For The Buru?

:) Sorry. Congratulations on the first of many memorable
tomes! ( One hopes, anyway. )

By Craig York (not verified) on 27 Jul 2009 #permalink

Whoa, dude! How is Julian these days?

Julian is doing good. Still in Oklahoma at OCCC dissecting cadavers. I will pass on a hello next time I see him. The summer semester just ended, so he is off on one of his backpacking trips again. We still go out and do most of that when we have time, but not too many digs. I think Matt found all of the dinosaurs in Oklahoma. :)

By Michael Bogan (not verified) on 27 Jul 2009 #permalink

I see a copy of The Lost World of the Moa that has now graced two of the most fantastic private natural history libraries (although one is definitely more oriented to non-tetrapod vertebrates, mainly because they're so much cooler! ;-)

By Ben Speers-Roesch (not verified) on 27 Jul 2009 #permalink

Hey Ben - where is this second fantastic private natural history library of which you speak?

And do I still owe you money for that copy of The Lost World of the Moa? :)

At my place! Recently I've inherited a lot of fantastic and rare books too, from a friend who had the best library I've ever seen.

For Lost World of the Moa, I'll get a beer out of you someday!

I also have a copy of Field Guide to Frogs of Borneo for you, if you want it. It's the first edition though.

Congratulations on the new book from UC Press!

By Ben Speers-Roesch (not verified) on 29 Jul 2009 #permalink