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The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History

The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History (Hardback)

By Benton, Michael J.

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In this fascinating and accessible overview, renowned paleontologist Michael J. Benton reveals how our understanding of dinosaurs is being transformed by recent fossil finds and new technology.

ISBN 9780500052006
Barcode 9780500052006
Published 1 April 2019 by Thames and Hudson (Australia)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780500052006
ISBN-10 050005200X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia)
Imprint Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication Date 1 April 2019
International Publication Date 7 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Benton, Michael J.
Category Prehistoric Archaeology
Dinosaurs & The Prehistoric World
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 840g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Dinosaurs
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 567.9
Catalogue Code 971412

Description of this Book

Over the past twenty years, the study of dinosaurs has changed from natural history to a true scientific discipline. New technologies have revealed secrets locked in the prehistoric bones in ways that nobody predicted - we can now work out the colour of dinosaurs, their bite forces, top speeds, and even how they cared for their young. Remarkable new fossil finds, such as giant sauropod dinosaur skeletons from Patagonia, dinosaurs with feathers from China, and even a tiny dinosaur tail in Burmese amber - complete down to every detail of its filament-like feathers, skin, bones, and mummified tail muscles - have caused media sensations. New fossils are the lifeblood of modern palaeobiology of course, but it is the advances in technologies and methods that have allowed the revolution in the scope and confidence of the field. Dinosaurs Rediscovered gathers together all the latest palaeontological evidence and takes us behind the scenes on the expeditions and in museum laboratories, tracing the transformation of dinosaur study from its roots in antiquated natural history to a highly technical, computational, and indisputably scientific field today. Benton explores what we know of the world of the dinosaurs, how dinosaur remains are found and excavated, and especially how palaeontologists read the details of the life of the dinosaurs from the fossils - their colours, their growth, feeding and locomotion, how they grew from egg to adult, how they sensed the world, and even whether we will ever be able to bring them back to life. Dinosaurs are still very much a part of our world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Insightful... This enjoyable primer will leave layreaders with a new appreciation for how far modern science has come in understanding 'long-dead animals, represented now by skeletons and isolated bones.'
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Michael J. Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and head of the Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Bristol, which was identified by the Center for World University Rankings as the top palaeontology research group in the world. He has written more than fifty books, including the standard textbooks in palaeontology and When Life Nearly Died, also published by Thames & Hudson. Benton regularly offers media comment on new dinosaur discoveries.

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