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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296015
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blackrose on 12 Jun. 2012
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What a wonderful book! Jack Horner has told me the chickenosaurus project is getting underway. He hopes he will be able to get the last remaining members he needs for his team.

I havnt finished this book yet but I must say it's a brilliant book. If you're a fan of dinosaurs, jack horner or the chickenosaurus project then this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clive Bixby on 25 April 2011
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Has a good start but seems to lose itself after the first few pages.. it seems to babble on about this time he collected some bones in USA and his favourite Phd student.. worth a read if you're interested in Dino genetics!
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By Steven on 13 April 2013
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Jack Horner really makes it feel like you are sitting next to him whilst he explains to you the processes in which he believe he can use to retroengineer a dinosaur from a chicken. He talks about cutting edge science and research that helps us understand the link between dinosaurs and birds and how they evolved. If you are interested in Natural History, then buy this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geoffrey Rishman on 18 May 2009
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Basically a good book - but it loses it's way after the forward! As a scientific tome the forward is excellent, but the main book quickly becomes bogged down in a vague historical recollection of "badland fossil hunting". This can best be described as padding. Personally, I would have wished for far more information on the possibilities presented in the forward - namely, that turning dormant genes on could resurrect long lost features. Good book - but a pity about the padding.
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By Red Ochre on 20 Jan. 2015
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Pacy and a fun read, and also very informative, with some of the latest discoveries and thinking - and some provocative speculation.
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