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How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner
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Apr 27, 2011

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bookshelves: non-fiction, science
Read from April 27 to May 11, 2011

crowd-sourcing has this right, a 3.5. half way between 3 and 4. the science was not intimidating (to a non-scientist). certainly it was detailed enough for biologists to enjoy. it's worth a read.

the places it fell short. first, there were a few points where the author diverged from the subject at hand to interject evolution commentary. it is necessary to provide some background, and explain where following genetic lines could simplify or complicate a microbiological cloning effort to bring back an extinct species. it is not, however, necessary to engage in discourse on the finer points of the existence of evolution. (you can probably assume that the majority of readers will take this as a given, or at least 'intelligent design'). second, it didn't quite deliver on its promise. it has so much promise! third, when reading a book regarding science and theory that is on the fringe, i like me a little speculation. go out on a limb as the author, and don't just stick to harvard studies. it is, however, your duty to inform readers when you are making this leap.

anyway, on the plus, it was well written. the science seemed good. the book had mass market appeal. no questionable language. fun information - who knew how useful collagen actually is outside beverly hills! and you've gotta love the commentary on jurassic park and views of dna from just a few short decades ago.

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