Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth
66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you
thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark
depths of the Jurassic.
The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996
sent shockwaves through the palaeontologial world. Were the
feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in
the evolution of flight? And just how closely related is T. rex to
Award-winning journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs
developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He
delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe
and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting
between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a
chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.
About the Author
John Pickrell is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Australian Geographic magazine. He has worked in London, Washington DC and Sydney for publications including New Scientist, Science, Science News and Cosmos. John's articles can also be found online and in print at BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, Scientific American and the ABC. He has been a finalist in the Australian Museum's Eureka prizes three times, won an Earth Journalism Award and featured in The Best Australian Science Writing 2011. John studied biology at Imperial College in the UK and has a Master of Science in taxonomy and biodiversity from London's Natural History Museum.
‘A marvellous book. The moment life took to the air – caught in stone!’
–Professor Tim Flannery, environmentalist and palaeontologist
‘One of the best dinosaur books that has appeared in years.’
— Philip Currie, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dinosaur
Palaeobiology, University of Alberta