Indiana University Press is generating a regular series of books on plaeontological topics (many of which are dinocentric). This is another in the series and although dinosaurs do indeed feature they are not the sole subject of the book; it also covers topics such as marine reptiles, flying reptiles and the Gubbio site (famous for its contribution of iridium-enriched clays to the debate over the K–T extinctions).

The book is intended by the author to outline some of the palaeontological heritage of Italy (thereby yanking attention away from its rich human history). Beyond this, it appears also to be intended...

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