Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs
Digging Dinosaurs The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs Author:John R. Horner, James Gorman Possibly the most exciting dinosaur event this century was the discovery of the remains of nests, eggs, babies and juveniles of the hadrosaur family at the Willow Creek anticline in central Montana. In this book, paleontologist Jack Horner, who uncovered these treasures in 1978, takes us along to the dig, where he continues to work today; his co... more »author is science writer James Gorman, who followed Horner through a season's excavations. Further exploration indicated that the hadrosaurs nested in colonies, traveled in herds and were probably warm-blooded. For the first time, scientists had evidence of dinosaur family and social life. After telling how he found the first site, Horner guides us through the landscape of 80 million years ago, painting a vivid portrait of dinosaurian life; he offers a plausible explanation of how the group at this location perished. Dinosaur buffs will revel in these discoveries. Photos and line drawings.
"Whether you are a dinosaur buff or not, you cannot help enjoying this personal account of one of the most amazing and important fossil discoveries of all time...Starting from a fortuitous rock-shop discovery of a coffee can full of tiny dinosaur bones, Horner and his team, for the next several years, scoured the badlands, soon making discovery after discovery. His story is one of clear insight, perseverance, luck and frustration, but in the end enormous success. The result is a remarkable view, never seen before, into the life and biology of dinosaurs." -John H. Ostrom, Professor of Geology, Yale University« less