Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction
by David Norman
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures and their popularity seems endless, fueled by movies like Jurassic Park and documentaries, like the Dinosaur WalkStill dinosaurs (or more precisely nonavian dinosaurs) last walked the Earth 65 million years agoAll we know about them today are their fossilized, the tracks and traces they left behind and, in very rare cases, some of the soft tissue, or even traces of their chemistry.In many ways, dinosaurs present us with one of the ultimate legal challenges: they include the remains of creatures that have died tens of millions of years, rather than just recently, or a few decades, which is the problem usually encountered by forensic scientistsHow much do we really know them, and to what extent do they still inform us about the ancient worlds, and, indeed, about the history of our planetIn this Very Short Introduction David Norman explains how dinosaurs have been discovered and interpreted, and how our understanding of them has changed over the past 200 years.He examines some of the amazing discoveries that have enabled us to acquire new and unexpected ideas in dinosaurs such as animals with natural histories and behaviors, and considers that some of the biggest dinosaur issues of biology, such as the implications of warm bloodNorman also shows how dinosaur research has been enriched, particularly in recent decades, by technological breakthroughs, which complement the knowledge of speculation and luck that have played a role in many great discoveriesABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every fieldThese paperback books are the ideal way to get in advance into a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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