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Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

John Pickrell


9781742233666

New South Books


Mathematics & Sciences;
Dinosaurs & the prehistoric world


Paperback

240 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Written by a journalist rather than a scientist, this accessible book presents the current thinking on the evolution of birds. In the process, it removes some long held misconceptions – thanks to the remarkable discoveries of amazing fossil fields in China, and fascinating research being carried out there and elsewhere. It seems many dinosaurs were covered in feathery fuzz rather than scales, that flight as a strategy has been the most successful development of the animal kingdom, that clever science has discovered the colour range of dinosaurs, and that we don’t need to go all Jurassic Park and recreate dinosaurs, as they still exist today in a wonderful array of shapes and abilities today. An entertaining and enlightening read! Lindy

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ABBEY'S CHOICE JUNE 2014 ----- Dinosaurs didn't die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic.

The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the palaeontological world. Were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in the evolution of flight? And just how closely related is T. rex to a chicken?

Award-winning journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.

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By:   John Pickrell
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781742233666
ISBN 10:   174223366X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   June 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<strong>John Pickrell</strong> is the editor of <em>Australian Geographic</em> and has also worked for <em>Cosmos</em>, <em>New Scientist</em>, <em>Science</em>, <em>National Geographic</em> and <em>Science News</em> in locations as far-flung as Sydney, London and Washington DC.

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