The Tyrannosaur Chronicles

Author: David Hone
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147291127X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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'Gripping and wonderfully informative' Tom Holland, New Statesman Adored by children and adults alike, Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park. But despite the hype, Tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs are fascinating animals in their own right, and are among the best-studied of all dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurs started small, but over the course of 100 million years evolved into the giant carnivorous bone-crushers that continue to inspire awe in palaeontologists, screenplay writers, sci-fi novelists and the general public alike. Tyrannosaurus itself was truly impressive; it topped six tons, was more than 12m (40 feet) long, and had the largest head and most powerful bite of any land animal in history. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles tracks the rise of these dinosaurs, and presents the latest research into their biology, showing off more than just their impressive statistics – tyrannosaurs had feathers and fought and even ate each other. This book presents the science behind this research; it tells the story of the group through their anatomy, ecology and behaviour, exploring how they came to be the dominant terrestrial predators of the Mesozoic and, in more recent times, one of the great icons of biology.

Sun Warm You

Author: Gene Baumgaertner
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1490748571
Format: PDF, Mobi
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STORYLINE: The story is about a clan of The People, or hornbrows, as they refer to themselves. The clan is making its annual trek, along with the rest of a great herd, to the ancient nesting grounds. Along the way, two of the main characters get split off from the herd during an attack by a tyrannosaur-like predator. What follows is a series of adventures by characters remaining with the herd, and those forced to deal with the dangers of traveling without the protection of the herd. The former takes the reader through herd socialization, dominance fighting, nest-building, and the feeding and protection of the young. All of this moves through the actions and intrigues of several prominent characters: Grendaar the Groundshaker, the aging clan-leader, who must fight to retain his position and his life-long consort, the eternally beautiful Tessah the Wise ... Dandraar, the irrepressible youth, who half the time is engaged in adventures with his friends, and the other half is trying to find sense in the actions of adults ... and Adeldraar, highly placed leader of the herd, and sworn enemy of Grendaar's ... Add to this the adventures of a young pair trying to survive beyond the herd, while at the same time coping with the changes brought about by imminent adulthood. This part of the story follows several other main characters: Panthrar the Swift, the valiant and handsome adolescent, maturing to adulthood ... Pippit the True, the comely, budding young female who accidently gets thrown together with Panthrar ... Red-patch, the dreadrunner, a vicious tyrannosaur-like creature ... Thundermaker, the threehorn, the indomitable leader of a herd of Triceratops that fate throws the way of the young hornbrows ... and Savage, the dreadcharger, and his troop of deadly and relentless Tyrannosaurs. The story unfolds as Panthrar and Pippit constantly try to evade death, yet find time to fall in love, cope with nesting, and raise a brood of hatchlings in an often strange, and frequently hostile environment. The book comes complete with graphics, maps, and appendices. The appendices describe the characters, provide a glossary of terms, provide insight about the inhabitants of late Cretaceous North America, and elaborate on the setting for the story. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: Paleontological research and findings over the several decades have changed our perspective of what we know, and what we think we know, about dinosaurs. For example, it is pretty well established that at least some types of herbivorous dinosaurs (notably hadrosaurs and ceratopsians) traveled together in large herds, herds sometimes exceeding ten thousand individuals. And since they traveled in large groups, then it might be reasonable to expect that they developed a heightened social awareness. In other words, they would have developed some form of social structure, a hierarchy, or pecking order. They would have some form of communication, to protect territory, to signal if a predator threatened the herd, to make other simple wants known, and possibly for more complex purposes. It has also been discovered that more than one form of dinosaur nested in colonies. This is a not-too-surprising extension of the socialization of the herd. Along with these findings, it has been determined that many dinosaurs built nests, and that at least some of them tended the eggs in the nests, and fed and protected the young after they hatched. Some hatchling hadrosaurs were completely helpless for weeks after hatching, and someone, likely the mother and/or the father, had to gather food for them, and keep predators away from the nest. These were remarkable discoveries: socializing, nesting in colonies, and parenting. Other findings are still being hotly debated, although the general consensus is that dinosaurs were not stupid, sluggish, cold-blooded, and doomed to extinction. Were at least some dinosaurs warm-blooded? Were many dinosaurs swift and alert? Dinosaurs survived for over 140 million years (compared to a few million years for human-like creatures), and suppressed the development of mammals during that entire period. It was only after dinosaurs ceased to be, that mammals inherited the earth. A hundred and forty million years is a long time - so they were doing something right.

Writers Directory 2010 V1 A L

ISBN: 9781558626003
Format: PDF, ePub
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Features bibliographical, biographical and contact information for living authors worldwide who have at least one English publication. Entries include name, pseudonyms, addresses, citizenship, birth date, specialization, career information and a bibliography.

Pop up and Movable Books

Author: Ann Rothwell Montanaro
Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810826502
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Ranging from Victorian picture stories to Disney classics and contemporary works on environmental issues, pop-up and movable books have amused, enlightened, and entertained children and adults for almost 150 years. Although most movable books are designed primarily for children, a significant number of fiction and nonfiction titles are intended for adult readers. Despite their enormous popularity, they are rarely reviewed or included in lists of children's books, and are seldom purchased for circulating libraries. Many are unindexed. Montanaro identifies, indexes, and describes over 1,600 titles by publication date, personal names of contributors, and series titles.