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How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner
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Sep 12, 09

Read in September, 2009

Believe it or not, the title's no joke: the author really does want to bring back a dinosaur. Ok, maybe a superficially similar form, but the story really is about genetics, developmental biology, paleontology, and the like. The author's approach isn't like "Jurassic Park," rather, he has a different approach that makes a lot of sense.

It's definitely a great read even if there are quite a few off-topic tangents he seems to take. It's not so much a book about dinosaurs themselves, so don't expect that, though there is some discussion of them in there and a decent amount about bones & fossils. I liked hearing about the genetic and developmental "tweaks" that are currently being done with chick embryos too.

If you're into dinosaurs, genetics, or developmental biology you'd probably enjoy this book (unless you're a pro in the field, in which case it might be too intro for you.) The level of this book for the average non-professional dinosaur enthusiast is just right.
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