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Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Scienceby Dr. Phil Manning
Synopses & Reviews
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.
A leading paleontologist draws on new scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge analysis techniques to offer revealing new facts about the world of the dinosaurs, based on the discovery of remarkably intact dinosaur fossils and mummies, including one recently unearthed in the Badlands of North Dakota. 25,000 first printing.
In this unprecedented book, a leading paleontologist puts some meat on the bones of science, uncovering rare mummies that revolutionize what scientists know about dinosaurs. 30 b&w photographs.
About the Author
Dr. Phillip Manning teaches vertebrate paleontology and evolution at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He has built an international reputation for his work on dinosaur trackways and biomechanics, with extensive field experience at Jurassic and Cretaceous sites in North and South America and the British Isles. He is recognized for his leading role in engaging the public’s interest in the wonders of science.
Table of Contents
Death of a dinosaur — Old fossils and new tails — "Mummy?" — Dinosaur mummies — Manchester in the Badlands — Preparing the campaign — Excavating a past world — The chemistry of death — Space shuttles, airplanes & dinosaurs? — The delicate molecule of life — Reconstructing dinosaurs — Making dinosaurs walk — Lessons learned.
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