'Gripping and wonderfully informative' Tom Holland, New Statesman Adored by children and adults alike, Tyransaurus is the most famous disaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park. But despite the hype, Tyransaurus and the other tyransaurs are fascinating animals in their own right, and are among the best-studied of all disaurs. Tyransaurs started small, but over the course of 100 million years evolved into the giant carnivorous bone-crushers that continue to inspire awe in palaeontologists, screenplay writers, sci-fi velists and the general public alike. Tyransaurus itself was truly impressive; it topped six tons, was more than 12m (40 feet) long, and had the largest head and most powerful bite of any land animal in history. The Tyransaur Chronicles tracks the rise of these disaurs, and presents the latest research into their biology, showing off more than just their impressive statistics - tyransaurs had feathers and fought and even ate each other. This book presents the science behind this research; it tells the story of the group through their anatomy, ecology and behaviour, exploring how they came to be the dominant terrestrial predators of the Mesozoic and, in more recent times, one of the great icons of biology.
David Hone is based at the University of London, where he is Lecturer in Zoology at Queen Mary University of London. He has published more than 50 academic papers on dinosaur biology and behaviour, with tyrannosaurs being of particular research interest, and his fieldwork has included some time on the famous Chinese deposits. David writes a regular blog for the Guardian, Lost Worlds, a major source of dino-info for the general public. David includes among his writing credits the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs website. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, BBC Radio 5 Live and RTE, been a consultant for National Geographic documentaries, and written articles for New Scientist, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, The New York Times, and many others. @Dave_Hone
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8pp colour plate section and black and white illustrations throughout