Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science

Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science

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by Phil Manning, Phillip Lars Manning
     
 

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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

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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.

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In 2004, a teenager contacted University of Manchester paleontologist Phillip Manning, claiming to have made a major dinosaur find while on summer break from college. The call was not a fluke or a hoax: Tyler Lyson had indeed unearthed a mummified hadrosaur on his family's property in the South Dakota Badlands. This giant leap forward into the past inspired Dr. Manning to rethink everything we know about these primordial creatures. In Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs, he uncorks his discoveries, conclusions, and predictions about future high-tech prehistoric research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426202193
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet 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.

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Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CalBear2010 More than 1 year ago
Written in the same fashion as the publishing company's work, Philip Manning tells the story of Dakota, a Hadrosaur from the Late Cretaceous that discovered in 1999 by Tyler Lyson in the North Dakota Badlands in the Hell Creek Formation that up until now has been by the far the best preserved dinosaur specimen. Manning has years of experience with writing, discussing, and translating some of science's most difficult language in easy comprehendible material so that any non-specialist can leave with knowledge good enough for basic science conversational language. If Dinosaurs are your thing, and story telling is your reading style then this is your book, it flows very well, and I had it finished in less three days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Required reading for anyone who has ever considered digging for fossils, Analytical
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