Limits...
A Field Trip to the Mesozoic

View Article: PubMed Central

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED EXCERPT
Please rate it.

Naturalists and outdoor buffs like to travel further in time, into the era of the large dinosaurs, to ponder these wonders of evolution, and the writer Henry Gee and the artist Luis Rey have provided them with a valuable asset to take along on their perilous journey... A Field Guide to Dinosaurs is indeed a boon for the dinosaur enthusiast, but its contents are still as imaginary as is this futuristic scenario... The introductory 20% of A Field Guide to Dinosaurs provides a wide range of background information about how the appearance of dinosaurs could be reconstructed, a concise history of dinosaur discoveries, and a brief overview of their dynamic world, classification, and partial extinction—partial because, as Gee and Rey correctly emphasize in their narrative and feathered illustrations, birds are the descendants of a group of small predatory dinosaurs, and, as such, dinosaurs are still ubiquitous in both natural and urban environments... Yet the understanding of their behavior has been a far more difficult task... In most cases, dinosaur behavior is best inferred from its preserved products because behaviors themselves do not fossilize... For example, some degree of parental care can be inferred for all Mesozoic dinosaurs because such a behavior exists in both crocodiles and birds... Gee and Rey are clearly aware of this, and their examples draw extensively from these and other cases in which the behavior of long-extinct dinosaurs can be inferred with confidence... Even so, A Field Guide to Dinosaurs ventures far beyond this limited collection of inferrable behaviors... Such license may ruffle the feathers of the well-informed audience, but in my opinion, those critical readers should not rush to discount the value of this book on the basis of such an overt incursion into conjecture... A Field Guide to Dinosaurs does not aim to be factual so much as to be an enjoyable and provocative exercise in dinosaur biology, something the authors have made as clear as water... Thus, if you are ready for a trip to the Mesozoic, get comfortable, fasten your seatbelt, and don't worry if you forget your binoculars—you may not need them after all!

No MeSH data available.


© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection


getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC261880&req=5


A Field Trip to the Mesozoic
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC261880&req=5

View Article: PubMed Central

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED EXCERPT
Please rate it.

Naturalists and outdoor buffs like to travel further in time, into the era of the large dinosaurs, to ponder these wonders of evolution, and the writer Henry Gee and the artist Luis Rey have provided them with a valuable asset to take along on their perilous journey... A Field Guide to Dinosaurs is indeed a boon for the dinosaur enthusiast, but its contents are still as imaginary as is this futuristic scenario... The introductory 20% of A Field Guide to Dinosaurs provides a wide range of background information about how the appearance of dinosaurs could be reconstructed, a concise history of dinosaur discoveries, and a brief overview of their dynamic world, classification, and partial extinction—partial because, as Gee and Rey correctly emphasize in their narrative and feathered illustrations, birds are the descendants of a group of small predatory dinosaurs, and, as such, dinosaurs are still ubiquitous in both natural and urban environments... Yet the understanding of their behavior has been a far more difficult task... In most cases, dinosaur behavior is best inferred from its preserved products because behaviors themselves do not fossilize... For example, some degree of parental care can be inferred for all Mesozoic dinosaurs because such a behavior exists in both crocodiles and birds... Gee and Rey are clearly aware of this, and their examples draw extensively from these and other cases in which the behavior of long-extinct dinosaurs can be inferred with confidence... Even so, A Field Guide to Dinosaurs ventures far beyond this limited collection of inferrable behaviors... Such license may ruffle the feathers of the well-informed audience, but in my opinion, those critical readers should not rush to discount the value of this book on the basis of such an overt incursion into conjecture... A Field Guide to Dinosaurs does not aim to be factual so much as to be an enjoyable and provocative exercise in dinosaur biology, something the authors have made as clear as water... Thus, if you are ready for a trip to the Mesozoic, get comfortable, fasten your seatbelt, and don't worry if you forget your binoculars—you may not need them after all!

No MeSH data available.