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Many of us have seen disaur bones and skeletons, maybe even disaur eggs...but what did those fearsome animals really look like in the flesh? Soft-tissue fossils give tantalizing clues about the appearance and physiology of the ancient animals. Bone structure is just the beginning of our kwledge today, thanks to amazing digs like these. Drawing on new breakthroughs and cutting-edge techniques of analysis, Dr. Manning takes us on a thrilling, globe-spanning tour of disaur mummy finds from the first such excavation in 1908 to a baby disaur unearthed in 1980, from a di with a heart in South Dakota to titasaur embryos in Argentina. And he discusses his own groundbreaking analysis of Dakota, discovered by Tyler Lyson. Using state-of-the-art techlogy to scan and analyse this remarkable discovery, National Geographic and Dr. Manning create an incredibly lifelike portrait of Dakota. The kwledge to be gained from this exceedingly rare find, and those that came before it, will intrigue disaur-loving readers of all ages.
Dr Phil Manning teaches vertebrate paleontology and evolution at the University of Manchester, is a Research Fellow at The Manchester Museum and council member of the Palaeontological Association (London). He has ongoing international collaborations with key researchers working at the field localities and diverse university faculties (at Yale, Amherst and Manchester). He is recognised as playing a leading role in the public engagement of science informing and appearing in many documentaries on the BBC, History Channel and other broadcasters around the globe.