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At the Top of the Grand Staircase

The Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah

edited by Alan L. Titus & Mark A. Loewen

contributions by L. Barry Albright, Michael A. Arthur, Richard Barclay, Clint Boyd, Donald B. Brinkman, Michael E. Burns, Richard L. Cidelli, Leon P. Claessens, Walter E. Dean, Don DeBlieux, Jeffrey G. Eaton, Andrew A. Farke, James D. Gardner, Terry A. Gates, Gerard D. Gierlinski, David D. Gillette, Martha C. Hayden, Hannah Hilbert-Wolf, Randall Irmis, Zubair Ali Jinnah, Kirk Johnson, Gy-Su Kim, James I. Kirkland, Douglas Kline, Lindsay Zanno, Michael Knell, Eric K. Lund, Ian M. Miller, Andrew G. Neuman, Michael Newbrey, Randall L. Nyoam, Patrick M. O’Connor, Tomas Prikryl, Eric M. Roberts, Zbynek Rocek, Scott D. Sampson, Joseph Sertich, Leif Tapanila, Edward L. Simpson, Matthew K. Vickaryous, Jelle Wiersma, Thomas E. Williamson, Michael Wizevich & Sarah E. Tindall

Publisher
Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Category
Paleontology, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Natural History, Evolution
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780253008831
    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price
    $112.00

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Description

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is the location of one of the best-known terrestrial records for the late Cretaceous. A major effort in the new century has documented over 2,000 new vertebrate fossil sites, provided new radiometric dates, and identified five new genera of ceratopsids, two new species of hadrosaur, a probable new genus of hypsilophodontid, new pachycephalosaurs and ankylosaurs, several kinds of theropods (including a new genus of oviraptor and a new tyrannosaur), plus the most complete specimen of a Late Cretaceous therizinosaur ever collected from North America, and much more. At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah documents this major stepping stone toward a synthesis of the ecology and evolution of the Late Cretaceous ecosystems of western North America.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Alan L. Titus is Monument Paleontologist at Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument in Utah and Adjunct Curator, Natural History Museum of Utah.

Mark A. Loewen is Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah and Research Associate, Natural History Museum of Utah.

Editorial Reviews

...Rather than marking an end point, the volume is a foundational manuscript for ongoing research that will be indispensable to anyone researching the monument's prehistoric life. At the Top of the Grand Staircase is an essential volume for explorers who are continuing to search through what's left of Cretaceous Utah.

National Geographic Phenomena

This volume . . . provides a comprehensive foundation for future research ventures on Campanian-age strata worldwide. Editors Alan Titus and Mark Loewen have completed the excellent service of compiling a suite of various research topics—ranging from stratigraphic reviews and correlations to taphonomic studies—on this key scientific region.

Priscum

[T]his work will be an important resource for library collections. It will be valuable to paleontologists and geologists who are working throughout the US and the world, not just this specific region. . . . Highly recommended.

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