For those of you outside the Australasian region you can search for the following titles at on-line book stores such as Amazon books or Barnes and Noble.
Digging up Deep Time
Paul Willis and Abbie Thomas
Published 2005. ABC Books & Audio / BBC Audio Australia
Australia is home to some of the world's earliest and most unique fossil finds. By investigating each important fossil site in Australia, Paul Willis builds a picture of Australia's earliest prehistory. As well as describing the fascinating natural history of this country, the authors recount the rollicking stories of our dinosaur hunters competing to find the most important fossils and to protect their discoveries.
A Century of Australian Dinosaurs
Patricia Vickers-Rich and Thomas H.Rich.
Published 2003. Joint publication -Queen Victoria Museum (Tasmania) & Monash Science Centre (Victoria)
Cover: Actual road sign near Dinosaur Cove, Victoria
On the 7th of May 1903, William H.Ferguson discovered the first dinosaur bone from Australia; a toe bone of a small theropod dating back to 115 million years ago. Ferguson wasn't even looking for dinosaurs. He was prospecting for coal along the Victorian coast when he made the find, and sent the 52mm bone (as well as an ancient lungfish tooth-plate) to England to be analysed, where it was identified as a specimen of 'megalosaurus'.
This book commemorates the 100th anniversary of Ferguson's find, and looks at the subsequent hundred years of dinosaur discoveries in Australia.
Dinosaurs of Darkness: Life of the Past
Patricia Vickers-Rich and Thomas H.Rich. Published 2000. Indiana University Press.
ISBN 0 2533 3773 9
Cover: Hypsilophodontids under an auroral polar sky, with Timimus hybernating in the foreground, by Peter Trusler
Dinosaurs of Darkness opens a doorway to a fascinating former world which existed in Australia more than 100 million years ago - when it was a polar region joined to Antarctica and plunged into darkness much of the year. The way we have come to know about this lost world - so different from any that exists on Earth today - makes for a fascinating story. The authors, who played crucial roles in this discovery, describe their efforts to collect the fossils indispensable to our knowledge of this realm and the laboratory work that unlocked their secrets. Dinosaurs of Darkness is an intriguing personal account of the way scientific research is actually conducted and how hard it is to mine the knowledge of this remarkable life of the past.
Wildlife of Gondwana. Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent.Second Edition
Patricia Vickers-Rich and Thomas H.Rich. Published 1999. Indiana University Press
ISBN 0 2533 3643 0
Cover: The giant monitor lizard Megalania prisca attacking the flightless bird Genyornis newtoni, by Peter Trusler
This is the second edition of the volume. Originally published in Australia in 1993, this corrected and augmented edition contains new material on fossil discoveries in India and Australia.
The companion volume, The Greening of Gondwana (Mary E.White 1993, ISBN 0 7301 0390 0) covers the evolution of Gondwana's plant life over the same period.
Dinosaurs of Australia and New Zealand, and other animals of the Mesozoic Era
Dr John A.Long. Published 1998, University of New South Wales Press
ISBN 0 86840 448 9
Cover: A polar Allosaurus, by Tony Windberg
In this first comprehensive account of Mesozoic vertebrates from New Zealand and Australia, John Long shows that, while the fossil record from the region can be sparse and fragmentary, finds from such sites as Dinosaur Cove, Coober Pedy, Lightning Ridge, and the fossil trackways at Broome offer new and occasionally startling evidence that has the potential to challenge current views. Longís up-to-date coverage includes the discovery in late 1996 of a new shrew-like mammal, Ausktribosphenos nyktos.
Entries on individual fauna begin with a brief introduction, written to be accessible to the armchair paleontologist, that describes the prevailing climate and habitat during the relevant geological time period, followed by more technical information aimed at specialists, including type characteristics, location and other details about the specimenís discovery. "Dinosaurs of Australia and New Zealand" is profusely illustrated with photographs of the fossils, maps, and newly commissioned life restorations by some of the leading dinosaur illustrators from Australia and the United States: Peter Schouten, Tony Windberg, Bill Stout, and Mike Skrepnick.
Encyclopaedia of Dinosaurs
Edited by Philip J.Currie and Kevin Padian. Published 1997, Academic Press.
ISBN 0 12226 810 5
Cover: Sinosauropteryx prima, by Michael Skrepnick
The articles cover such wide ranging topics as dinosaur discoveries, biology and behaviour, research methods, and reconstruction and restoration. There are numerous illustrations and skeletal reconstructions throughout the volume.
Australia's Lost World. A history of Australia's backboned animals
Patricia Vickers-Rich, Leaellyn S.Rich and Thomas H.Rich. Published 1996, Kangaroo Press.
ISBN 0 86417 798 4
Cover: The dinosaurs Minmi paravertebra, Atlascopcosaurus loadsi, and Timimus hermani, and the pterosaur Ornithocheirus, from an Australia Post stamp issue painted by Peter Trusler
Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia
Edited by Patricia Vickers-Rich, Jenny Monaghan, R.F.Baird, and Thomas H.Rich. Published 1991, Pioneer Design Studios (Lilydale)
ISBN 0 90967 436 1
Cover: Leaellynasaura amicagraphica, with Atlascopcosaurus loadsi in the background
Kadimakara: Extinct Vertebrates of Australia
Edited by Patricia Vickers-Rich & G.F.van Tets, illustrated by Frank Knight. Published 1985, Princeton University Press
ISBN 0 691 08733 4
Cover: Rhoetosaurus, Wonambi and a monodactyl kangaroo, by Frank Knight
There is an aboriginal legend about the Kadimakara, that says that these "monsters" once lived in a huge canopy of trees that covered central Australia. When the trees disappeared, the Kadimakara wandered about in the desert until they died at Lake Eyre, where their bones can still be found. The legend hints at the once vast inland forests and lakes that filled Australia's now arid centre, where all kinds of animals once lived, from huge marsupials to fresh-water dolphins and flamingoes.
I bought my (much treasured) copy from the Monash University Science Centre, in Melbourne, Victoria. If you live in Australia, you might just be lucky enough to order one, provided they have any left in stock. Tell them Dann sent you... and they might just help you regardless!
The Rise of Fishes. 500 Million Years of Evolution
John A.Long. Published 1997 University of New South Wales Press.
ISBN 0 80185 438 5