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Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea (1 Viewer)

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Jeong Yul Kim & Min Hu, 2018

Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates

Springer, Singapore

doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7


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This is the first academic book about the dinosaurs, birds and pterosaurs of Korea, one of the richest and most exciting regions on earth for the study of vertebrate ichnology. Many ichnogenera appear indigenous to Korea, and based on present evidence there is nowhere else in the world where such densities and diversity of vertebrate tracks have been reported. Many sites also reveal the highest density of bird and dinosaur track levels in the world.

The book describes the significant advances in Cretaceous vertebrate ichnology and dinosaur research made in Korea over the past twenty years. Several dinosaur fossil sites have been excavated, and unique vertebrate fossils including dinosaurs and pterosaurs have been discovered. This landslide of discovery has resulted in a proliferation of papers on vertebrate tracks and remains from the Cretaceous of South Korea and the growing recognition that as a region it reveals multiple track-rich sequences of unique quality and scientific utility. Because of the outstanding ichnological resources in this region it has been dubbed the Korean Cretaceous Dinosaur Coast (KCDC), and many sites of national and international significance have been designated as national natural monuments of Korea.

This book is written for geologists, paleontologists, ichnologists, geology and earth science students, and earth science teachers at high school, as well as the general reader interested in ancient life including the dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs of Korea. The goal of this book is to provide readers with a scientific understanding of Mesozoic life flourishing in the Korean Peninsula. To facilitate easy comprehension, the book contains many sketches, graphs, diagrams, photographs and tables and is supported by a comprehensive glossary.

Front Matter (free pdf)

Jeong Yul Kim & Min Hu (2018)
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 1-29
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_1

The Korean Peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1000 km (621 miles) long and 216 km (134 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70% of the land mass, making Korea one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The mountain range that stretches along the east coast falls steeply into the East Sea; along the south and west coasts, the mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains that produce the bulk of Korea's agricultural crops, especially rice.

Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Dinosaurs of Korea.
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 31-107
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_2

Numerous tracks of ornithopods, theropods, and sauropod dinosaurs have occurred in the Cretaceous basins mainly located in south east and south of the Korean Peninsula. In addition, diverse fossils of dinosaur bones, teeth, eggshells, skin impressions, and tail traces have been also discovered, though these are relatively uncommon compared with dinosaur tracks. This chapter presents visual images of well-preserved and paleontologically significant tracks, bones, teeth, and eggshells of dinosaurs.

Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Birds from the Cretaceous of Korea.
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 109-137
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_3

In 1859, when Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published and two years before Archaeopteryx was discovered, fossil bird tracks were described for the first time at the Eocene deposits in France (Desnoyers in Bull Soc Geol France 2:936â944, 1859).

Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Pterosaurs and Other Reptiles of Korea
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: Pages 139-176
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_4

Unlike dinosaurs and birds which were discovered in abundance from the Cretaceous in Korea, pterosaur and other reptile fossils are comparatively rare. Nevertheless, tracks, teeth, and skeletons of pterosaurs have been reported, and they are highly significant for paleontological understanding not only about pterosaurs, but also about the dinosaurs and birds that flourished in east Asia during the Cretaceous Period.

Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Major Cretaceous Fossil Sites in Korea.
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates:Â 229-273
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_6



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