The ueen of the Night uI read about aarter of the book Interesting information but I didn t care so much for the author s style trying too hard to popularize the material However I recommend his Teaching Company lectures on Major Transitions in Evolution This is an entertaining book about dinosaurs and ichnology the study of trace fossils and traces tracks trails burrows nests tooth marks and other evidence of dinosaur behavior I thought the author did a superb job of entertaining the reader with a
"Dry And Potentially Boring Subject "and potentially boring subject s face it *the dinosaurs themselves are the rock stars and studying their tracks and *dinosaurs themselves are the rock stars and studying their tracks and is a lot less entertaining than studying the big guys It was like reading a book about the clothes and eating habits of the Beatles when it would be a lot interesting reading about the Beatles I thought it was a good book but dinosaur connoisseurs will probably think this is the cat s pajamas or T Rex s pajamas One thumb p I m guessing Anthony Martin is a great teacher He definitely loves his material and his sense of humor must keep his classes entertaining He s got a great observational knack and a passion for helping others to be able to mentally envision things that can be inferred from the fossil recordUnfortunately he needs a better editor one who can come down on him hard and force the cuts that desperately should have been made to this book The material is good but the book is way longer than is warranted for the lay audience for which it s intended The corny jokes ok leave them in They *Bugged Me At First *me at first by the end it really did just seem like the author s personality coming through in ways that are probably great in personThe science here is fascinating really intriguing to see how much can be learned from such little and seemingly inconseuential tra. What if we woke p one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone How would we know these iconic animals had a165 million year history on earth and had adapted to all land based environments from pole to pole What clues would be left to discern not only their presence but also to learn about their sex lives raisin. ,
Ces Edited to add Martin forget Two excellent science books in a row This is a wonderful thing I picked this book p at the library mainly because of the magical word in the title DINOSAURS I ve always loved them one of the first toys I ever *had was a battery operated six inch tall motorized Tyrannosaurus Rex one button on the controller and *was a operated six inch tall motorized Tyrannosaurus Rex Press one button on the controller and little green guy would walk forward with enough noise to raise the dead press the other button and he would roar As I remember this was in the Late Cretaceous era you know you couldn t press both buttons at the same time It didn t matter I had absolutely no se for dolls preferring my various plastic dinosaurs and my noisy cranky T Rex So this book needless to say was right Office Slave II El Exposed up my alley I didn t even know what a trace fossil was when I started it Trace fossils as I was to learn are everything dinosaurs left behind other than their bones their fossilized footprints claw marks trails body andor feather impressions eggs nests burrows toothmarks gastroliths stones swallowed by some dinosaurs to aid in digestion as well as fossilized fecesrine and vomit I didn t know such a specialized field as ichnology or the study of these *trace fossils existed Needless to say such a deeply technical book can get high dry boring and * fossils existed Needless to say such a deeply technical book can get high dry boring and very Keine Angst uickly if the author permits it That is the genius of Anthony J Martin he never lets his material get out of hand His love for what he does shines through from the first page to the last and because he wants to share that love with his readers he communicates complex scientific concepts in an clearnderstandable style More than that he writes this book with a sense of humor so much so that I giggled and cackled throughout I mean when s the last time a science book made you laugh out loud. G of young social lives combat and who ate who What would it take for Underground Unbelievers us to know how fast dinosaurs moved whether they livednderground climbed trees or went for a swimWelcome to the world of ichnology the study of traces and trace fossils such as tracks trails burrows nests toothmarks and other vestiges of behavior and how th. ,
As a matter of fact reading this book made me realize what was wrong with my previous review Ellen Willis Out of the Vinyl Deeps I started Dinosaurs Without Bones while I was still struggling to finish Willis way too serious tome and the contrast was immediate and obvious There are some subjects be they dinosaurs or Bob Dylan that need to be approached with humor or you ll just bog your readers downWillis falls into this trap Martin doesn t I haven t included otes in my reviews before but I m going to for *this one just so you get the flavor of the writing This comes *one just so you get the flavor of the writing This comes my favorite chapter chapter 8 The Remains of the Day Dinosaur Vomit Stomach Contents Feces and Other Gut Feelings Assume that every dinosaur pooped If so not all of these end products of dinosaur digestion were preserved in the fossil record But you will have a load taken off your mind when you know that those found thus far have not gone to waste nor remained the butt of jokesThe author is punnier in some places than in others but the whole book is like this Who knew piss puke and shit along with all the other trace fossils could be so entertaining Anyone who loves dinosaurs will love this book I ve long believed that if a person is passionate enough about a topic that passion can be harnessed to make others interested as well This book on the study of dinosaurs trace fossils is a good example of that I ve never been fascinated by dinosaurs though my 3 year old son and 61 year old father are But the energy that author Anthony J Martin brings to this work made it a good read nonetheless especially since he sprinkles humor and anecdote throughoutMy one criticism Though it was marketed for the popular reader the book is in the end a textbook directed toward students of paleontology and not the layman. Rough these remarkable clues we can explore and intuit the rich and complicated lives of dinosaurs With a niue detective like approach interpreting the forensic clues of these long extinct animals that leave a much richer legacy than bones Martin brings the wild world of the Mesozoic to life for the twenty first century reade.