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Why dinosaurs matter

Author: Kenneth Lacovara; Mike Lemanski
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2017] ©2017
Series: Ted books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First TED books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, who has discovered some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth. By tapping into the ubiquitous wonder that dinosaurs inspire, Lacovara weaves together the stories of our geological awakening, of humanity's epic struggle to understand the nature of deep time, the meaning of fossils, and our own  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Lacovara; Mike Lemanski
ISBN: 9781501120107 1501120107
OCLC Number: 961005758
Notes: "September 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: 169 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: In defense of dinosaurs --
Is a penguin a dinosaur? --
Walking Museum of Natural History --
Fossils underfoot --
Deep time --
Thunderclaps --
Making sense of monsters --
The King --
Champions --
Dreadnoughtus --
Dinosaur apocalypse --
Why dinosaurs matter.
Series Title: Ted books.
Responsibility: Kenneth Lacovara ; illustrations by Mike Lemanski.

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"What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, who has discovered some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth. By tapping into the ubiquitous wonder that dinosaurs inspire, Lacovara weaves together the stories of our geological awakening, of humanity's epic struggle to understand the nature of deep time, the meaning of fossils, and our own place on the vast and bountiful tree of life. Go on a journey--back to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth--to discover how dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals. Learn the secrets of how paleontologists find fossils, and explore quirky, but profound questions, such as: Is a penguin a dinosaur? And, how are the tiny arms of T. rex the key to its power and ferocity? In this revealing book, Lacovara offers the latest ideas about the shocking and calamitous death of the dinosaurs and ties their vulnerabilities to our own. Why Dinosaurs Matter is compelling and engaging--a great reminder that our place on this planet is both precarious and potentially fleeting. 'As we move into an uncertain environmental future, it has never been more important to understand the past'"--Publisher's description.

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