Flying Dinosaurs

How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

Author: John Pickrell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538782

Category: Science

Page: 240

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The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggest that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidence—bones, genetics, eggs, behavior, and more—has shown a seamless transition from fleet-footed carnivores to the ancestors of modern birds. Mixing colorful portraits with news on the latest fossil findings and interviews with leading paleontologists in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia, John Pickrell explains and details dinosaurs' development of flight. This special capacity introduced a whole new range of abilities for the animals and helped them survive a mass extinction, when thousands of other dinosaur species that once populated the Earth did not. Pickrell also turns his journalistic eye toward the stories behind the latest discoveries, investigating the role of the Chinese black market in trading fossils, the controversies among various dinosaur hunters, the interference of national governments intent on protecting scientific information, and the race to publish findings first that make this research such a dynamic area of science.
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The Delaware River

History, Traditions and Legends

Author: Frank H. Moyer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467141151

Category: History

Page: 192

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Emerging from the Catskills, the Delaware River winds along the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the Atlantic, offering hundreds of miles of magnificent scenery. Its sparkling waters supported the Lenape tribes growing maize along its banks. English explorers sailed the river in search of the mythical Lake Laconia, believed to be the source of all northeastern rivers. Urban growth pitted railroads, industry and energy companies against protectionists in continuing fights over appropriate use of the river. Hunting, fishing and boating remain vital local traditions passed from one generation to the next. Author Frank H. Moyer charts the life and legacy of the mighty Delaware.
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The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries

Amazing Fossils and the People Who Found Them

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231546467

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Today, any kid can rattle off the names of dozens of dinosaurs. But it took centuries of scientific effort—and a lot of luck—to discover and establish the diversity of dinosaur species we now know. How did we learn that Triceratops had three horns? Why don’t many paleontologists consider Brontosaurus a valid species? What convinced scientists that modern birds are relatives of ancient Velociraptor? In The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating stories behind the most important fossil finds and the intrepid researchers who unearthed them. In twenty-five vivid vignettes, he weaves together dramatic tales of dinosaur discoveries with what modern science now knows about the species to which they belong. Prothero takes us from eighteenth-century sightings of colossal bones taken for biblical giants through recent discoveries of enormous predators even larger than Tyrannosaurus. He recounts the escapades of the larger-than-life personalities who made modern paleontology, including scientific rivalries like the nineteenth-century “Bone Wars.” Prothero also details how to draw the boundaries between species and explores debates such as whether dinosaurs had feathers, explaining the findings that settled them or keep them going. Throughout, he offers a clear and rigorous look at what paleontologists consider sound interpretation of evidence. An essential read for any dinosaur lover, this book teaches us to see an ancient world ruled by giant majestic creatures anew.
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Assembling the Dinosaur

Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle

Author: Lukas Rieppel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 067473758X

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Lukas Rieppel shows how dinosaurs gripped the popular imagination and became emblems of America’s industrial power and economic prosperity during the Gilded Age. Spectacular fossils were displayed in museums financed by North America’s wealthiest tycoons, to cement their reputation as both benefactors of science and fierce capitalists.
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Weird Dinosaurs

The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew

Author: John Pickrell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231543395

Category: Science

Page: 256

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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. Pickrell opens a vivid portal to a brand-new age of fossil discovery, in which fossil hunters are routinely redefining what we know and how we think about prehistory's most iconic and fascinating creatures.
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Biology

Life on Earth

Author: Gerald Audesirk,Teresa Audesirk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biology

Page: 854

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Birds of the world

Author: Gilles Martin,Myriam Baran

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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This exhaustive book reflects the ornithological diversity of five continents. It includes a thematic documentary text by a specialist in animal behavior and more than 250 astonishing photographs by well-known nature photographer Gilles Martin.
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Prehistoric Life

Author: William Lindsay

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Evolution (Biology)

Page: 63

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Presents the origins of life on Earth, from the first bacteria through the age of dinosaurs to the coming of humans.
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The Fossil Book

Author: Gary Parker,Mary M. Parker

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890514380

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Fossils are discussed in the context of Creationism.
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