Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Title: Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

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The popularity of dinosaurs seems never ending, as evidenced by the popularity of films such Jurassic Park and documentaries like Walking with Dinosaurs. But how much do these types of entertainment really tell us about recent scientific discoveries and the latest research into the world of the dinosaur?

This is the first book explain how scientists have been able to put together a picture of how dinosaurs looked, what they ate, and how they moved and interacted with each other. Taking a new approach to the subject, David Norman combines different areas of science, such as anatomy, genetics, forensics, and engineering design, to piece together the latest evidence of how animal life evolved on earth.

Norman engagingly lays out the history of dinosaur research, from the speculation over ancient myths about dragons, to the latest virtual reality animation sequences and engineering design analysis. He also discusses the role that informed speculation and luck has played in many of the major discoveries. By David Norman. Paperback/ 176 pages.


  • Introduction
  • Dinosaurs in perspective
  • Dinosaur renaissance 
  • New light on Iguanodon 
  • Unravelling the genealogy of dinosaurs 
  • Dinosaurs and warm blood
  • What if... birds are dinosaurs?
  • Dinosaur research: observation and deduction
  • The future of research on the past 

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