How to Build a Dinosaur
The New Science of Reverse Evolution
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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.
Praise For How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution…
“Horner is at his best: provocative yet firmly grounded in science… His goal is to make people think about how evolution works, and by extension, about our own origins.”—New Scientist
“Straight from the scientific frontier, Horner’s work should excite anyone who’s dreamed of walking with dinosaurs.”—Booklist
“Scientists can finally begin to answer evolutionary questions that have puzzled researchers for decades.”—Smithsonian
Plume, 9780452296015, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 23, 2010
About the Author
James Gorman is deputy science editor of the New York Times and editor of its Science Times section.