Weird Dinosaurs

Weird Dinosaurs

Author: John Pickrell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231543392

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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“A tour de force…highlights the odd reptiles that roamed all corners of the earth millions of years ago.”—Sydney Morning Herald From the outback of Australia to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the savanna of Madagascar, the award-winning science writer and dinosaur enthusiast John Pickrell embarks on a world tour of new finds, meeting the fossil hunters who work at the frontier of discovery. He reveals the dwarf dinosaurs unearthed by an eccentric Transylvanian baron; an aquatic, crocodile-snouted carnivore bigger than T. rex that once lurked in North African waterways; a Chinese dinosaur with wings like a bat; and a Patagonian sauropod so enormous it weighed more than two commercial jet airliners. Other surprising discoveries hail from Alaska, Siberia, Canada, Burma, and South Africa. Why did dinosaurs grow so huge? How did they spread across the world? Did they all have feathers? What do sauropods have in common with 1950s vacuum cleaners? The stuff of adventure movies and scientific revolutions, Weird Dinosaurs examines the latest breakthroughs and new technologies that are radically transforming our understanding of the distant past. “This history of the discovery of some of the most outlandish creatures that ever lived, and the excitement of paleontological research, will be sure to both entertain and instruct.”—Spencer Lucas, author of Dinosaurs: The Textbook, Sixth Edition “Fascinating.... Readers learn of beautiful opalised dinosaur bones from Australia and a crested dinosaur found approximately 13,000 feet up Antarctica's Mt. Kirkpatrick, demonstrating that dinosaurs were widely distributed across the globe.”—Publishers Weekly
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Language: en
Pages: 219
Authors: Mark Norell, Eugene S. Gaffney, Lowell Dingus
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-01-01 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Language: en
Pages: 472
Authors: Donald R. Prothero
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-16 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 404
Authors: Kevin Padian
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988-09-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 466
Authors: Alan Feduccia, Professor Alan Feduccia
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-01-01 - Publisher: Yale University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Steve Brusatte
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-18 - Publisher: Pan Macmillan

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