The new Geological Society volume on the history of research into dinosaurs, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs and their buddies is now out [,, and don’t complain to me about the price], and the final chapter is mine on sauropod research.  Although it won’t contain much that is new to seasoned palaeontologists, I hope it provides a useful overview to newcomers (and a few interesting nuggets for everyone).

The paper

  • Taylor, Michael P. 2010. Sauropod dinosaur research: a historical review. pp. 361-386 in: Richard T. J. Moody, Eric Buffetaut, Darren Naish and David M. Martill (eds.), Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: a Historical Perspective. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 343. doi: 10.1144/SP343.22

High-resolution figures

You can get these from my web-site.  They’re the same figures as appear in the paper, but in the original high resolutions that I submitted.

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7 Responses to “Taylor (2010) on the history of sauropod research”

  1. […] a more interesting example of this route is the survey of the history of sauropod studies (Taylor 2010).  This started life as a slideshow, the accompaniment for my talk the the conference […]

  2. […] and most important, it means that my entire Ph.D is now published. Chapter 1 (the sauropod-history review) was in the Geological Society dinosaur-history volume;  chapter 2 (the Brachiosaurus revision) […]

  3. […] is the table of published estimates from my 2010 sauropod-history paper, augmented with the two more recent estimates extrapolated from limb-bone […]

  4. […] stupid contortions I had to go through in order to avoid giving the Geological Society copyright in my 2010 paper about the history of sauropod research, and how the Geol. Soc. nevertheless included a fraudulent claim of copyright ownership in the […]

  5. […] by Brian Switek, which linked to a Google Books scan of what turned out to be my own chapter on the history of sauropod research (Taylor 2010) in the Geological Society’s volume Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: a […]

  6. […] papers will prove influential”. As purely anecdotal evidence for this claim: when I wrote “Sauropod dinosaur research: a historical review” for the Geological Society volume Dino…, I thought it might become a citation monster. It’s done OK, but only OK. Conversely, it […]

  7. […] Guide to the Galaxy. I’ll file this alongside the Monty Python reference in my history-of-sauropod-research book chapter and the Star Wars paraphrase that opens a computer-science paper I lead-authored in […]

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