Isotopic Geochemistry and Paleobiology explores the application of stable isotope geochemistry to extinct vertebrates that have no extant equivalent. With a strong focus on dinosaur paleontology, the book examines how various aspects of dinosaur lifestyles, such as ecology (diet, living environment, reproduction), physiology (body temperature regulation) and climatic conditions can be inferred from the stable isotope composition of fossilized, mineralized tissues (bones, teeth). It is a valuable resource for researchers and students in the geosciences, evolutionary biology and paleoclimatology who want to better understand how to analyze and interpret dinosaur fossil remains.
- Offers the first comprehensive book dedicated to the application of stable isotope geochemistry to extinct vertebrates that have no extant equivalent (dinosaurs)
- Features the latest advances in stable isotope geochemistry and its application to dinosaur paleontology
Romain Amiot obtained a PhD in Earth and Life Science from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon, and a postdoc position from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has worked as a teacher at the Université de Savoie in France and at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. Since 2010, he has been working as a Research Fellow at the CNRS.
Christophe Lécuyer obtained his PhD in 1989 at the University of Rennes. He is professor of Geochemistry at the University Claude Bernard in Lyon, and Manager of Laboratory CNRS UMR 5125 "Paléoenvironnements & Paléobiosphère". Mr Lécuyer is also professor at the institut Universitaire de France since 2002. He focuses his research on the reconstructions of the paleo-environments and the dynamics of material transfers between large envelopes.
Eric Buffetaut is Director of Research Emeritus at the National Center of Scientific Research (Geology Department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris). After working on crocodiles, dinosaurs and pterosaurs, he is now mainly interested in the paleobiology of extinct birds.