How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution

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A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur

Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are in the process of building the technology to create a real dinosaur.

Based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology on how a few select cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains that function together, Jack ...

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Overview

A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur

Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are in the process of building the technology to create a real dinosaur.

Based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology on how a few select cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains that function together, Jack Horner takes the science a step further in a plan to "reverse evolution" and reveals the awesome, even frightening, power being acquired to recreate the prehistoric past. The key is the dinosaur's genetic code that lives on in modern birds- even chickens. From cutting-edge biology labs to field digs underneath the Montana sun, How to Build a Dinosaur explains and enlightens an awesome new science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452296015
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 344,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Horner is regents professor of paleontology at Montana State University, and probably the best-known paleontologist in the world. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" award and the author of several books on dinosaurs.

James Gorman is deputy science editor of The New York Times.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Hell Greek

Time, Space, and Digging to the Past 16

2 It's A Girl!

A Phegnancy Test for T. Rex 57

3 Molecules Are Fossils Too

Biological Secrets in Ancient Bones 85

4 Dinosaurs Among Us

Chickens and Other Cousins of T. Rex 114

5 Where Babies Come From

Ancestors in the Egg 133

6 Wag the Bird

The Shrinking Backbone 165

7 Reverse Evolution

Experimenting With Extinction 192

Appendix: Chickenosaurus Skeleton 215

Bibliography 219

Acknowledgments 229

Index 231

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Somewhat disappointed, but very informative nonetheless

    First let me say that I have always appreciated Dr. Horner's contributions to Vertebrate Paleontology. Not only is his a world authority on Dinosaurs, his passion alone for past life make him an invaluable character within the Paleontological world. However I must say this book fell a little short of my expectations of Dr. Horner. Of course, biologically we are far far from ever completing the title of this book so readers do not take the title as urgent. WIth that said, I guess Dr. Horner has gotten some slack, but in the scope of things the title I believe should have been more appropriately called "Why I would like to Build a Dinosaur (and how I might be able to do it with the science of Reverse Evolution)". Not this book is a diary entry, it still has a lot of informative science and gives great insight to work of the future, I just feel this book could have waited, and instead been rewritten. But who knows, maybe its so before its time that in the future we could have a reestablished respect for it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    To revew no four

    It is palaintolgetic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    Growing your own Dinosaur!

    Intruiging, engrossing. Made me want to buy it. Maybe they could lower the price? Awesome book though. Enjoy

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