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Walking on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia

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Walking on Eggs is the riveting inside story behind one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in history. In November 1997, Luis M. Chiappe and Lowell Dingus led an elite team of paleontologists and geologists into the rugged and desolate badlands of Argentina. Unsure of what they would find, Chiappe and Dingus knew that this region had produced many spectacular specimens of dinosaurs and fossil birds over the last century. Nothing could have prepared them, however, for the headline-grabbing discovery they were about to make: a massive dinosaur nesting ground covering more than a square mile and littered with tens of thousands of large, unhatched dinosaur eggs. Containing the first fossils of embryonic dinosaur skin ever found, the eggs gave rise to a host of mysteries. What species laid the eggs, and when? How were they preserved? And most intriguingly, what ancient catastrophe — deeply rooted more than 70 million years in the past — prevented them from hatching?

In clear, comprehensible language, Chiappe and Dingus frame their scientific investigations within the context of a gripping detective story, illustrating how they used paleontological and geological evidence to establish the identity and age of the eggs, as well as how they established the cause of death. Chiappe and Dingus also recount a return trip to the badlands in 1999 in which they set out to learn more about dinosaur social and reproductive behavior. Their investigations once again unearthed a key piece of the historic puzzle: the bones of a twenty-foot predatory, carnivorous dinosaur.

As they decipher the evidence — divining origins, discovering identities, and pinpointing possible causes of extinction — Chiappe and Dingus interweave their field adventures with chapters illuminating the crucial precedents behind their groundbreaking work. Complementing the text are beautiful hand-drawn reproductions of what the dinosaurs and their landscape might have looked like, created by an artist who joined the expedition team in Patagonia. Infused with passion and an infectious sense of awe, Walking on Eggs illustrates the ups and downs of the scientific process and invites dinosaur lovers of all ages to experience the exhilarating sense of discovery.

Synopsis:

Two internationally renowned paleontologists take readers on a riveting adventure through the stark badlands of remote Patagonia, where they discover an unprecedented cache of unhatched dinosaur eggs. Photos.

Synopsis:

Walking on Eggs is the riveting inside story behind one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in history. In November 1997, Luis M. Chiappe and Lowell Dingus led an elite team of paleontologists and geologists into the rugged and desolate badlands of Argentina. Unsure of what they would find, Chiappe and Dingus knew that this region had produced many spectacular specimens of dinosaurs and fossil birds over the last century. Nothing could have prepared them, however, for the headline-grabbing discovery they were about to make: a massive dinosaur nesting ground covering more than a square mile and littered with tens of thousands of large, unhatched dinosaur eggs. Containing the first fossils of embryonic dinosaur skin ever found, the eggs gave rise to a host of mysteries. What species laid the eggs, and when? How were they preserved? And most intriguingly, what ancient catastrophe — deeply rooted more than 70 million years in the past — prevented them from hatching?

In clear, comprehensible language, Chiappe and Dingus frame their scientific investigations within the context of a gripping detective story, illustrating how they used paleontological and geological evidence to establish the identity and age of the eggs, as well as how they established the cause of death. Chiappe and Dingus also recount a return trip to the badlands in 1999 in which they set out to learn more about dinosaur social and reproductive behavior. Their investigations once again unearthed a key piece of the historic puzzle: the bones of a twenty-foot predatory, carnivorous dinosaur.

As they decipher the evidence — divining origins, discovering identities, and pinpointing possible causes of extinction — Chiappe and Dingus interweave their field adventures with chapters illuminating the crucial precedents behind their groundbreaking work. Complementing the text are beautiful hand-drawn reproductions of what the dinosaurs and their landscape might have looked like, created by an artist who joined the expedition team in Patagonia. Infused with passion and an infectious sense of awe, Walking on Eggs illustrates the ups and downs of the scientific process and invites dinosaur lovers of all ages to experience the exhilarating sense of discovery.

About the Author

Luis M. Chiappe, a 1996 Guggenheim Fellow, is associate curator and chairman of the department of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Dr. Chiappe has conducted extensive field work in the Americas as well as in Asia. His many articles have appeared in Nature, Science, National Geographic, Scientific American, and Natural History. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Moment of Discovery

  1. Patagonia: A Faraway Land Full of Fossils

  2. What Were We Searching For and How Did We Decide Where to Look?

  3. The Scene of an Ancient Catastrophe: Auca Mahuevo

  4. Compiling a List of Possible Victims: A Brief History of Dinosaurs

  5. Dinosaur Eggs: Evolutionary Time Capsules

  6. Finding Evidence in the Eggs at Our Forensic Labs: Dinosaur Embryos and Embryonic Skin — the Rarest of All Dinosaur Fossils

  7. Establishing the Time of Death: Evidence from Clocks in the Rocks

  8. Establishing the Cause of Death: Uncovering Clues in the Rocks

  9. Our Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Is Auca Mahuevo the Real Jurassic Park?

  10. Our Return to the Scene of the Catastrophe: The 1999 Expedition

  11. Was the Nesting Site Used More than Once? Discovering New Egg Layers

  12. Were Giant Dinosaurs Gregarious? Our Nests of Eggs and Other Evidence

  13. An Awesome Predator: Discovering a Skeleton of the Sauropods' Adversary

  14. The Y2K Expedition

Epilogue: A Threatened Window on the Ancient Past

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743212113
Subtitle:
The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia
Author:
Frankfurt, Nicholas
Author:
Chiappe, Luis M.
Author:
Chiappe, Luis
Author:
Frankfurt, Nicholas
Author:
Dingus, Lowell
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Dinosaurs
Subject:
Fossils
Subject:
Paleontology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series Volume:
106-814
Publication Date:
20010619
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 16.368 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Two internationally renowned paleontologists take readers on a riveting adventure through the stark badlands of remote Patagonia, where they discover an unprecedented cache of unhatched dinosaur eggs. Photos.
"Synopsis" by , Walking on Eggs is the riveting inside story behind one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in history. In November 1997, Luis M. Chiappe and Lowell Dingus led an elite team of paleontologists and geologists into the rugged and desolate badlands of Argentina. Unsure of what they would find, Chiappe and Dingus knew that this region had produced many spectacular specimens of dinosaurs and fossil birds over the last century. Nothing could have prepared them, however, for the headline-grabbing discovery they were about to make: a massive dinosaur nesting ground covering more than a square mile and littered with tens of thousands of large, unhatched dinosaur eggs. Containing the first fossils of embryonic dinosaur skin ever found, the eggs gave rise to a host of mysteries. What species laid the eggs, and when? How were they preserved? And most intriguingly, what ancient catastrophe — deeply rooted more than 70 million years in the past — prevented them from hatching?

In clear, comprehensible language, Chiappe and Dingus frame their scientific investigations within the context of a gripping detective story, illustrating how they used paleontological and geological evidence to establish the identity and age of the eggs, as well as how they established the cause of death. Chiappe and Dingus also recount a return trip to the badlands in 1999 in which they set out to learn more about dinosaur social and reproductive behavior. Their investigations once again unearthed a key piece of the historic puzzle: the bones of a twenty-foot predatory, carnivorous dinosaur.

As they decipher the evidence — divining origins, discovering identities, and pinpointing possible causes of extinction — Chiappe and Dingus interweave their field adventures with chapters illuminating the crucial precedents behind their groundbreaking work. Complementing the text are beautiful hand-drawn reproductions of what the dinosaurs and their landscape might have looked like, created by an artist who joined the expedition team in Patagonia. Infused with passion and an infectious sense of awe, Walking on Eggs illustrates the ups and downs of the scientific process and invites dinosaur lovers of all ages to experience the exhilarating sense of discovery.

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