Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery

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Pi Press, 2005 - Science - 254 pages
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Here is the book that establishes the revolution in dinosaur science that has occurred in our generation. Dinosaurs are no longer thought of as lizards so much as birds. The transformation can be seen from the first Jurassic Park movie to the recent econstructions in the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs in America where they appear as warm blooded and feathered, attending their young and brooding their nests. This transformation in popular culture is based on excavations at one profoundly important site in China: Liaoning. Here, told by the leading US researcher who has been to the site, Mark Norrell, the Chair and Curator, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, is the definitive story of that discovery.

Unearthing The Dragon is also a highly personalized account of being in a foreign land with a very different history of science, culture, and everyday social behavior.

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Unearthing the dragon: the great feathered dinosaur discovery

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The discovery of feathered dinosaur fossils in Liaoning, northeastern China, is profoundly altering currently accepted theories about dinosaurs, blurring the distinction between these creatures and ... Read full review

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Mark Norell should have been a travel writer, that is all this book is about. It did have some very nice photos of fossils. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Mark Norell is the Chair and Curator, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History. In the fall of 2004 he published two major research papers in Nature on feathered dinosaurs, and has previously published over 100 papers in academic journals. His research has been frequently reported in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

Mick Ellison is currently Principal Artist in the Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History. His photographs and drawings have appeared on the covers of Nature, Science, and on the front pages of The New York Times. His other clients include National Geographic, Natural History Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Discover, Nova, BBC and CNN. He lives in New York City.

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