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Flying Dinosaurs

How fearsome reptiles became birds

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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

From Publishers Weekly

11 August 2014 – Science journalist Pickrell gathers up the multiple strands of evidence that show how birds are the evolutionary descendants of extinct dinosaurs, laying out the facts in accessible, straightforward prose. With a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils primarily coming from China and Mongolia since the mid-1990s, our understanding and image of dinosaurs have changed dramatically. As Pickrell explains it, dinosaurs were not all the scaly, drab-colored, cold-blooded reptiles that they are so often presented as. Instead, many were festooned with feathers, often in striking patterns and colors. Pickrell aptly demonstrates how scientists determined that feathers were present, what color they likely were, and how they were used behaviorally. We learn that the evidence strongly suggests that many dinosaurs were warm-blooded animals that cared for their young, likely using early feathers as insulation and as mating displays. As dinosaurs first developed the ability to glide and then to fly, their brains became significantly more advanced, thus enabling them to process more complex information. Pickrell also describes both the black market in dinosaur fossils and the production and trade in fossil hoaxes. After digesting all that Pickrell has to offer, it will be difficult for any reader to think about dinosaurs or birds in the same ways they had before.


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Flying Dinosaurs
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science & Nature
  • Published: 01 June 2014
  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
  • Seller: NewSouth Books
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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