How To Build A Dinosaur

by Jack Horner

Dutton | November 11, 2010 | Hardcover

How To Build A Dinosaur is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A world-renowned paleontologist takes readers all over the globe to reveal a new science that trumps science fiction: how humans can re-create a dinosaur.

In movies, in novels, in comic strips, and on television, we've all seen dinosaurs—or at least somebody's educated guess of what they would look like. But what if it were possible to build, or grow, a real dinosaur, without finding ancient DNA? Jack Horner, the scientist who advised Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, and a pioneer in bringing paleontology into the twenty-first century, teams up with the editor of The New York Times,'s Science Times section to reveal exactly what's in store.

In the 1980s, Horner began using CAT scans to look inside fossilized dinosaur eggs, and he and his colleagues have been delving deeper ever since. At North Carolina State University, Mary Schweitzer has extracted fossil molecules—proteins that survived 68 million years—from a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil excavated by Horner. These proteins show that T. rex and the modern chicken are kissing cousins. At McGill University, Hans Larsson is manipulating a chicken embryo to awaken the dinosaur within: starting by growing a tail and eventually prompting it to grow the forelimbs of a dinosaur. All of this is happening without changing a single gene.

This incredible research is leading to discoveries and applications so profound they're scary in the power they confer on humanity. How to Build a Dinosaur is a tour of the hot rocky deserts and air-conditioned laboratories at the forefront of this scientific revolution.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.6 × 5.74 × 0.97 in

Published: November 11, 2010

Publisher: Dutton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525951040

ISBN - 13: 9780525951049

Found in: Science and Nature

save 94%

  • Out of stock online

$2.00  ea

Online Price

$32.50 List Price

Cart

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, really peaked my interst. I really didn't know what to expext from this book a i just saw it on a table during one of the morning meetings and thought the picture was cool. For some reason i descided that this was going to be the first nonfiction book that i was going to read, and i am so not disapointed. This book is esentially about how to "build" a dinosaur using the embryo of a chicken. It goes into evolution and molecular and developmental biology and, of course, Paleontology. There is a bit of history and you get a general understanding of the topic as a whole. Not to ruin the story, but no, the experiments thus far have not created a dinosaur, and there are many references to Jurassic Park!! But the basis behind it was very interesting to read about. I do have an interest in Dinosaurs, about to the extent of every child on the planet, and i do have a general post secondary education in evolution and molecular biology. I found that the depth he went into was not at all above my head and was actually a bit simplified for me. What i'm saying is that if you have no formal education, but only interest in these areas, this book would probably be good for you as it explains things in enough detail for you to get the "justs" of it, but not in so much detail that if you have the education it will be like reading a childrens book. Oh and coming from someone who HATES textbooks, this is so not like that. I was actually laughing at some points and NOT falling asleep. Also a cool thing was that they mentioned sites right here in Alberta, whcih was pretty cool to me, personally. I recomend this to anyone who shares an interest or even is just curious about this stuff, it was a great read and was relatively short. I will say this, it has definately peaked my interest in similar topics and has opened my eyes to nonfiction and as a side note, i can now find interest in more classes at school!!!!
Date published: 2009-07-02

– More About This Product –

How To Build A Dinosaur

by Jack Horner

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.6 × 5.74 × 0.97 in

Published: November 11, 2010

Publisher: Dutton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525951040

ISBN - 13: 9780525951049

From the Publisher

A world-renowned paleontologist takes readers all over the globe to reveal a new science that trumps science fiction: how humans can re-create a dinosaur.

In movies, in novels, in comic strips, and on television, we've all seen dinosaurs—or at least somebody's educated guess of what they would look like. But what if it were possible to build, or grow, a real dinosaur, without finding ancient DNA? Jack Horner, the scientist who advised Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, and a pioneer in bringing paleontology into the twenty-first century, teams up with the editor of The New York Times,'s Science Times section to reveal exactly what's in store.

In the 1980s, Horner began using CAT scans to look inside fossilized dinosaur eggs, and he and his colleagues have been delving deeper ever since. At North Carolina State University, Mary Schweitzer has extracted fossil molecules—proteins that survived 68 million years—from a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil excavated by Horner. These proteins show that T. rex and the modern chicken are kissing cousins. At McGill University, Hans Larsson is manipulating a chicken embryo to awaken the dinosaur within: starting by growing a tail and eventually prompting it to grow the forelimbs of a dinosaur. All of this is happening without changing a single gene.

This incredible research is leading to discoveries and applications so profound they're scary in the power they confer on humanity. How to Build a Dinosaur is a tour of the hot rocky deserts and air-conditioned laboratories at the forefront of this scientific revolution.

Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart