How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner
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A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur

Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are in the process of building the technology to create a real dinosaur.

Based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology on how a few select cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains that function together, Jack Horner takes the science a step further in a plan to "reverse evolution" and reveals the awesome, even frightening, power being acquired to recreate the prehistoric past. The key is the dinosaur's genetic code that lives on in modern birds- even chickens. From cutting-edge biology labs to field digs underneath the Montana sun, How to Build a Dinosaur explains and enlightens an awesome new science.


About Jack Horner

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Jack Horner is regents professor of paleontology at Montana State University, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, and probably the best-known paleontologist in the world. The recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award, he is the author of several books on dinosaurs, has helped create several documentaries, and does field work in Montana and Mongolia. James Gorman is deputy science editor of The New York Times and editor of its Science Times section. He is the author of several books, including two previous books with Horner.
Published February 20, 2009 by Plume. 268 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“Why couldn’t we take a chicken embryo and biochemically nudge it this way and that,” asks Horner, “until what was hatched was not a chicken, but a small dinosaur?” A few centuries back, he would have been burned at the stake for this suggestion;

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The premise of this provocative but frustrating book by MacArthur Award–winning paleontologist Horner and New York Times deputy science editor Gorman (coauthors of Digging Dinosaurs ) : a kind of reverse genetic engineering could make it possible to “ build” a dinosaur embryo from the embryo of ...

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Scientific American

University of California Press, 2009 This gorgeous book, which includes the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and recent surprising discoveries of field scientists, will convince you that the elephant is one of nature’s greatest and most original works.

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Sanger Public Library

Birds are often described as avian dinosaurs by scientists, and chicken embryos have been well studied since Aristotle’s day and are easily obtainable.

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