What Bugged the Dinosaurs?: Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous (Hardback)
  • What Bugged the Dinosaurs?: Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous (Hardback)
zoom

What Bugged the Dinosaurs?: Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£24.00
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 15/01/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Millions of years ago in the Cretaceous period, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex--with its dagger-like teeth for tearing its prey to ribbons--was undoubtedly the fiercest carnivore to roam the Earth. Yet as What Bugged the Dinosaurs? reveals, T. rex was not the only killer. George and Roberta Poinar show how insects--from biting sand flies to disease-causing parasites--dominated life on the planet and played a significant role in the life and death of the dinosaurs. The Poinars bring the age of the dinosaurs marvelously to life. Analyzing exotic insects fossilized in Cretaceous amber at three major deposits in Lebanon, Burma, and Canada, they reconstruct the complex ecology of a hostile prehistoric world inhabited by voracious swarms of insects. The Poinars draw upon tantalizing new evidence from their amazing discoveries of disease-producing vertebrate pathogens in Cretaceous blood-sucking flies, as well as intestinal worms and protozoa found in fossilized dinosaur excrement, to provide a unique view of how insects infected with malaria, leishmania, and other pathogens, together with intestinal parasites, could have devastated dinosaur populations. A scientific adventure story from the authors whose research inspired Jurassic Park, What Bugged the Dinosaurs?? offers compelling evidence of how insects directly and indirectly contributed to the dinosaurs' demise.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691124315
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 482 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm

You may also be interested in...

Fossils
Added to basket
£15.00
Paperback
Scotland's Beginnings
Added to basket
How the Earth Turned Green
Added to basket
Abominable Science!
Added to basket
Vertebrate Palaeontology
Added to basket
Jurassic Coast Fossils
Added to basket
Jurassic Mary
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Wonderful Life
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Earth in Upheaval
Added to basket
Life: an Unauthorized Biography
Added to basket
Triassic Life on Land
Added to basket
The Dinosaur Hunters
Added to basket
Catastrophes and Lesser Calamities
Added to basket
Life on a Young Planet
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.