Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs
Soft Tissues and Hard Science
Dr. Phil Manning
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Many of us have seen dinosaur bones and skeletons, maybe even dinosaur eggs...but what did those fearsome animals really look like in the flesh? Soft-tissue fossils give tantalizing clues about the appearance and physiology of the ancient animals. In this exciting book, paleontologist Phillip Manning presents the most astonishing dinosaur fossil excavations of the past 100 years—including the recent discovery of a remarkably intact dinosaur mummy in the Badlands of North Dakota.
Bone structure is just the beginning of our knowledge today, thanks to amazing digs like these. Drawing on new breakthroughs and cutting-edge techniques of analysis, Dr. Manning takes us on a thrilling, globe-spanning tour of dinosaur mummy finds—from the first such excavation in 1908 to a baby dinosaur unearthed in 1980, from a dino with a heart in South Dakota to titanosaur embryos in Argentina. And he discusses his own groundbreaking analysis of "Dakota," discovered by Tyler Lyson.
Using state-of-the-art technology to scan and analyse this remarkable discovery, National Geographic and Dr. Manning create an incredibly lifelike portrait of Dakota. The knowledge to be gained from this exceedingly rare find, and those that came before it, will intrigue dinosaur-loving readers of all ages.
From Publishers Weekly
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Good book, but...
This is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Paleontology or Dinosaurs in general. Dr. Manning knows his subject matter very well and is a good writer (that combination is unfortunately far to rare). The book is engaging, even when Dr. Manning is talking about very technical subjects.
My only complaint with this book is that it was rushed to market too soon to meet some apparently arbitrary deadline. There are too many places where Dr. Manning is forced to say something to the effect of, "This could be a really fascinating discovery but we'll have to wait for the results of the tests to know for sure." Why not wait until the test results are in, then publish?
Don't let that keep you from reading this book, however...