By Kenneth Carpenter
How can paleontologists comprehend what a dwelling dinosaur was once like greater than 100 million years in the past, rather whilst simply partial skeletons stay? concentrating on one huge carnivorous dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus (“high-spined lizard”), paleontologist Kenneth wood worker explains the method, pairing scholarly findings with greater than seventy five colour illustrations to reconstruct “Acro” earlier than readers’ eyes. In Acrocanthosaurus within and Out, he deals the main whole portrait attainable of this attention-grabbing dinosaur’s visual appeal, biology, and behavior.
Acrocanthosaurus—similar in dimension to its later cousin Tyrannosaurus rex, yet studded with huge spines—roamed what's now the south-central usa a hundred and ten to one hundred fifteen million years in the past, through the Early Cretaceous. wood worker labored at the so much whole of the Acrocanthosaurus skeletons (nicknamed “Fran”) that has been chanced on. the following he describes the ideas that let us know approximately Acro’s organic make-up, activities, and conduct. stories of joints display the diversity of attainable movement, whereas bumps, ridges, and scars at the bones convey the place muscle tissue, ligaments, and tendons connected. CT scans let us peer into the braincase, whereas microscopes manage to pay for a cross-sectional view of bones. those findings in flip supply an concept of ways Acro stalked and ate its prey.
medical proof past the fossils presents avenues for additional inquiry: What does the sedimentary rock encasing Fran’s bones let us know approximately Acro’s setting? What does our wisdom of Acro’s far-off relations, comparable to crocodilians and birds, suggest approximately its middle and different tender tissues? Can our knowing of alternative animals clarify Acro’s large spines?
wood worker distills all this data right into a transparent, available, enticing account that may entice basic readers and students alike. because the first book-length paintings on Acrocanthosaurus, this quantity introduces a prehistoric mammoth that after stalked Texas and Oklahoma and provides an extraordinary, firsthand glimpse into the pains and triumphs of paleontology.
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Acrocanthosaurus Inside and Out by Kenneth Carpenter