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Flying Dinosaurs : How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds - John Pickrell

Flying Dinosaurs

How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds


Published: 1st June 2014
For Ages: 22+ years old
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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 a chicken?

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.


What a fascinating read!


If, like me, you thought dinosaurs had died out get ready to be very surprised and enlightened by this well researched and fascinatingly written book.

Sydney, AU


Incredible read!


I love pop science and this book doesn't disappoint! Great read.




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‘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

ISBN: 9781742233666
ISBN-10: 174223366X
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: UNSW Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.36