Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons

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Harvard University Press, 1992 - 365 Seiten
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Christopher McGowan sets out to solve some of the enduring mysteries about dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles. He makes fascinating comparisons between living and extinct animals while presenting topics that range from gigantism to intellect. In addition to exploring the natural history of the Mesozoic Era, McGowan draws on science and engineering concepts to explain curiosities such as the similarities between the aerodynamics of pteranodons and Spitfire planes.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - AprilBrown - LibraryThing

What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up. Length? – Several day’s read. Characters? – Memorable, several characters. Setting? – Real World 1980's study of dinosaurs. Written approximately ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

A wonderful primer, especially on the non-dinosaur denizens of the air and sea between the permian and KT extinctions. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Primary Data
22
How the Vertebrate Skeleton Works
40
Reading a Dinosaur Skeleton
53
A Matter of Scale
91
Whats Hot and Whats Not
129
Brains and Intellect
168
Not Wholly a Fish
185
The Mechanics of Swimming
200
The Sea Dragons 279
219
The Winged Phantom
257
Out with a Whimper or a Bang?
297
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Über den Autor (1992)

Christopher McGowan is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and Professor of Zoology at the University of Toronto.

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