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Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons By Christopher McGowan

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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.
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Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons Summary


Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons by Christopher McGowan

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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Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons Reviews


You don't have to be an eight-year-old to fall in love with Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons...Fun, scholarly, imaginatively written and wondrously anecdotal, this is the perfect companion for eight-year-olds of all ages. San Francisco Chronicle At last, a grown-up's book about dinosaurs. This beautifully illustrated work, written by a literate scientist for an educated lay audience, shines a bright new light into the darkness of the 150-million-year reign of the dinosaurs...An altogether captivating book. -- John Wilkes Los Angeles Times [A] wonderful book...Ultimately the great virtue of this book is that it faces down our instinctive desire to leap from bone to biology and in so doing produces a particular kind of wisdom which transcends its subject matter. For implicit in how McGowan and his kind have approached the dinosaur is a point of view humans almost never assume about themselves. How much are we pure physics? Our walks, our musculature, our electric nerve impulses?...Delicious...In addition to its intellectual strengths, for a book that is often technical, Dinosaurs, Spitfires and Sea Dragons is extremely well-written...The lovely word 'classic' is already engraved upon it. But be advised: This is a science classic. It requires close reading. It demands not just that we approach, but that we be prepared to learn. But is not that the lesson hiding in our fascination with the dinosaurs in the first place? -- Stephen Strauss Toronto Globe and Mail The net effect of [this] book is to make one extremely jealous of anyone lucky enough to take Professor McGowan's class in evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto...The problem with the several dinosaur controversies is that merely to argue about them requires an appreciation of many aspects of Newtonian physics, aero- and thermodynamics and both applied and theoretical geophysics. Since one wishes to be read by more than the world's half-dozen genuine polymaths, one must explain everything along the way, and that is the stunning success of this book. It is a text that can be read with profit by a teen-ager willing to learn a few new words and by a professional in the field of paleontology. -- M. R. Montgomery Boston Globe

About Christopher McGowan


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

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments Prologue Material Things Primary Data How the Vertebrate Skeleton Works Reading a Dinosaur Skeleton A Matter of Scale What's Hot and What's Not Brains and Intellect Not Wholly a Fish The Mechanics of Swimming The Sea Dragons The Winged Phantom Out with a Whimper or a Bang? Epilogue Notes References Credits Index

Additional information

GOR002381313
Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons by Christopher McGowan
Christopher McGowan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harvard University Press
1992-09-02
384
067420770X
9780674207707
N/A
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