From a purely self-interested standpoint, it's good that the dinosaurs and their ancient ilk are dead. Yet they live on in our imaginations and our intellectual pursuits, where they retain the power to puzzle, fascinate and startle us. How did they hunt (and what hunted them)? Were they orphans from birth, surviving on instinct and appetite alone, or did parents nurture them? Over millennia, how did their species evolve?
Studying the mineralized remains of prehistoric beasts from the comfortable distance of a few eons, scientists have learned a great deal about how these awesome creatures stalked and swam through the long-ago world. This special edition from Scientific American presents articles about some of the most exciting recent discoveries in the field of paleontology. We invite you to take an armchair safari into prehistory, to spend some quality time with the terrors of Earth's distant past. --The Editors
Rulers of the Jurassic Seas by Ryosuke Motani
The Mammals That Conquered the Seas by Kate Wong
Breathing Life into Tyrannosaurus rex by Gregory M. Erickson
Madagascar's Mesozoic Secrets by John J. Flynn and Andr� R. Wyss
Dinosaurs of the Antarctic by Patricia Vickers-Rich and Thomas Hewitt Rich
Killer Kangaroos and Other Murderous Marsupials by Stephen Wroe
Fossils of the Flaming Cliffs by Michael J. Novacek, Mark Norell, Malcolm C. McKenna and James Clark
Captured in Amber by David A. Grimaldi
Which Came First, the Feather or the Bird? by Richard O. Prum and Alan H. Brush
The Terror Birds of South America by Larry G. Marshall
The Evolution of Life on Earth by Stephen Jay Gould
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