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Draws upon recent discoveries & research to recount the rise & fall of the dinosaurs, as dominant, warm-blooded animals, & to reassess their intelligence, agility, physiological complexity & advanced social behavior. The crown of creation The tyrant find its feet The race is to the swift, the battle to the strong The Dark Ages The stranding of the titans A griffin rescues evol Draws upon recent discoveries & research to recount the rise & fall of the dinosaurs, as dominant, warm-blooded animals, & to reassess their intelligence, agility, physiological complexity & advanced social behavior. The crown of creation The tyrant find its feet The race is to the swift, the battle to the strong The Dark Ages The stranding of the titans A griffin rescues evolution Phantoms from hell The coming of Armageddon: a cosmic cataclysm? Appendices Glossary General Bibliography Names & References Credits for Illustrations Acknowledgments Index


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Draws upon recent discoveries & research to recount the rise & fall of the dinosaurs, as dominant, warm-blooded animals, & to reassess their intelligence, agility, physiological complexity & advanced social behavior. The crown of creation The tyrant find its feet The race is to the swift, the battle to the strong The Dark Ages The stranding of the titans A griffin rescues evol Draws upon recent discoveries & research to recount the rise & fall of the dinosaurs, as dominant, warm-blooded animals, & to reassess their intelligence, agility, physiological complexity & advanced social behavior. The crown of creation The tyrant find its feet The race is to the swift, the battle to the strong The Dark Ages The stranding of the titans A griffin rescues evolution Phantoms from hell The coming of Armageddon: a cosmic cataclysm? Appendices Glossary General Bibliography Names & References Credits for Illustrations Acknowledgments Index

50 review for The Hot-blooded Dinosaurs: A Revolution in Palaeontology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    "The giant creatures who dominated the earth for 130 million years were no lethargic lizards. They were The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs. They carried a lot of weight and had a lot of body to feed. How then could they bask in the prehistoric sun for the long days it would take to raise their temperatures to the point of movement? They would starve to death before they could get up enough energy to find something to eat. It wasn't possible, says Adrian Desmond, that the dinosaurs were the cold-blooded, "The giant creatures who dominated the earth for 130 million years were no lethargic lizards. They were The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs. They carried a lot of weight and had a lot of body to feed. How then could they bask in the prehistoric sun for the long days it would take to raise their temperatures to the point of movement? They would starve to death before they could get up enough energy to find something to eat. It wasn't possible, says Adrian Desmond, that the dinosaurs were the cold-blooded, pea-brained reptiles that Victorian scientists said they were. The dinosaurs were in a class by themselves!" ~~back cover A very interesting read, even though a fairly difficult one. The print was small and the language and 'plot' very academic, which made the going fairly slow. The author did make his points based on scientific principles and paleontolgical history, and his conclusions seemed solid to me. But I'm not trained in paleontology so I might not be able to spot dicotomies or fallacies in his reasoning. Of course the book is terribly out of date -- I could see that just from watching the BBC Walking With Dinosaurs DVD series. It will be interesting to read an up-to-date synopsis on the hot blooded/cold blooded debate to contrast.

  2. 5 out of 5

    GORDON

    Ground breaking book on dinosaur physiology, opening the flood gates for readers interested in the biggest of all birds and land dwelling animals. While the picture is now known to be more complicated, the basic materials that Desmond presents, largely based on the work of Riqueles and Ostrom shows us hot blooded, fast moving and moderately intelligent, agile dinosaurs.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    This is a book that I found fascinating in its time. It was a rather early volume arguing that dinosaurs were not, in fact, cold-blooded animals. The contention is that they were warm-blooded, meaning that a lot of arguments about the nature of dinosaurs were wrong-headed. The book also addresses the question of birds. Are they living dinosaurs? nOt descendants of reptiles? Lots of questions to think about in this book. . . .

  4. 4 out of 5

    José Antonio

    A 40 años vista, este libro sigue siendo apasionante. En él se resumen las raíces del Renacimiento Dinosaurio, antes incluso de que los Álvarez descubrieran la pista del iridio y plantearan la hipótesis de la colisión cretácica.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Very interesting theory, although I think research today shows that some may have been and some may not.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fila Trece (Liantener)

    Un libro muy bien escrito e interesante, que en su momento mostraba las últimas teorias sobre los dinosaurios. Lo leí muy joven y lo re-leí no hace mucho y me siguió gustando.

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