Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Scienceby Phil Manning
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. 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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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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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.
Required reading for anyone who has ever considered digging for fossils, Analytical