What bugged the dinosaurs? insects, disease, and death in the Cretaceous /

This book reveals that T. rex was not the only killer in the Cretaceous: insects--from biting sand flies to disease-causing parasites--dominated life on the planet and played a significant role in the life and death of the dinosaurs. Analyzing exotic insects fossilized in Cretaceous amber at three m...

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Online Access:Electronic book from Proquest Ebook Central Academic Complete
Main Author: Poinar, George O.
Other Authors: Poinar, Roberta.
Format: Electronic eBook
Published:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2008.
Table of Contents:
  • Fossils : a time capsule
  • The Cretaceous : a time of change
  • Herbivory
  • Dinosaurs competing with insects
  • Did dinosaurs or insects "invent" flowering plants?
  • Pollination
  • Blights and diseases of Cretaceous plants
  • The Cretaceous Age of chimeras and other oddities
  • Sanitary engineers of the Cretaceous
  • The case for entomophagy among dinosaurs
  • Gorging on dinosaurs
  • Biting midges
  • Sand flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Blackflies
  • Horseflies and deerflies
  • Fleas and lice
  • Ticks and mites
  • Parasitic worms
  • The discovery of Cretaceous diseases
  • Diseases and the evolution of pathogens
  • Insects : the ultimate survivors
  • Extinctions and the K/T boundary
  • Appendix A. Cretaceous Hexapoda
  • Appendix B. Key factors contributing to the survival of terrestrial animals
  • Appendix C. Problems with evaluating the fossil record and extinctions.