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Why Dinosaurs Matter

Author : Kenneth Lacovara
ISBN : 9781501120107
Genre : Nature
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What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, who has discovered some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth. By tapping into the ubiquitous wonder that dinosaurs inspire, Lacovara weaves together the stories of our geological awakening, of humanity’s epic struggle to understand the nature of deep time, the meaning of fossils, and our own place on the vast and bountiful tree of life. Go on a journey––back to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth––to discover how dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals. Learn the secrets of how paleontologists find fossils, and explore quirky, but profound questions, such as: Is a penguin a dinosaur? And, how are the tiny arms of T. rex the key to its power and ferocity? In this revealing book, Lacovara offers the latest ideas about the shocking and calamitous death of the dinosaurs and ties their vulnerabilities to our own. Why Dinosaurs Matter is compelling and engaging—a great reminder that our place on this planet is both precarious and potentially fleeting. “As we move into an uncertain environmental future, it has never been more important to understand the past.”
Category: Nature

The Misfit S Manifesto

Author : Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN : 9781501120077
Genre : Self-Help
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A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path. A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and environments. It’s a shameful word, a word no one typically tries to own. Until now. Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That wasn’t always the case. It took Lidia a long time to not simply accept, but appreciate, her misfit status. Having flunked out of college twice (and maybe even a third time that she’s not going to tell you about), with two epic divorces under her belt, an episode of rehab for drug use, and two stints in jail, she felt like she would never fit in. She was a hopeless misfit. She’d failed as daughter, wife, mother, scholar—and yet the dream of being a writer was stuck like “a small sad stone” in her throat. The feeling of not fitting in is universal. The Misfit’s Manifesto is for misfits around the world—the rebels, the eccentrics, the oddballs, and anyone who has ever felt like she was messing up. It’s Lidia’s love letter to all those who can’t ever seem to find the “right” path. She won’t tell you how to stop being a misfit—quite the opposite. In her charming, poetic, funny, and frank style, Lidia will reveal why being a misfit is not something to overcome, but something to embrace. Lidia also encourages her fellow misfits not to be afraid of pursuing goals, how to stand up, how to ask for the things they want most. Misfits belong in the room, too, she reminds us, even if their path to that room is bumpy and winding. An important idea that transcends all cultures and countries, this book has created a brave and compassionate community for misfits, a place where everyone can belong.
Category: Self-Help

A Concise Dictionary Of Paleontology

Author : Robert L. Carlton
ISBN : 9783030255862
Genre : Science
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This new and significantly updated authored dictionary is a unique glossary of paleontological terms, taxa, localities, and concepts. It focuses primarily on identifying the most significant groups of fossil animals and plants in relation to their evolution and phylogeny. It also focuses on mass extinctions, on taxa that are problematic in some significant way, on the principal fossil-Lagerstätten of the world, and on historical turning points marked by index fossils. Although there are many current resources on the subject, none contains an accurate representation of the paleontological lexicon. Although well aware that the fast-changing field of paleontology will always defy any attempt at complete description, the author has attempted to provide an accurate and comprehensive set of about 4,000 entries that will be useful to professionals as well as to general readers of scientific literature without a background in paleontology.
Category: Science

Know How Know Why Dinosaurs

Author : Rupert Matthews
ISBN : 184510031X
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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This comprehensive series provides clear and informative answers to the questions most commonly posed by inquisitive young minds. The in-depth information is presented in an easy-to-read format allowing it to be quickly absorbed and understood. With twelve titles to collect, they'll make a considerable contribution to any child's reference library.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Evolution And Extinction Of The Dinosaurs

Author : David E. Fastovsky
ISBN : 0521811724
Genre : Science
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This 2005 edition of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs is a unique, comprehensive treatment of this fascinating group of organisms. It is a detailed survey of dinosaur origins, their diversity, and their eventual extinction. The book can easily be used as a teaching textbook for a class, but it is also written as a series of readable, entertaining essays covering important and timely topics appealing to non-specialists and all dinosaur enthusiasts: birds as 'living dinosaurs', the new feathered dinosaurs from China, 'warm-bloodedness'. Along the way, the reader learns about dinosaur functional morphology, physiology, and systematics using cladistic methodology - in short, how professional paleontologists and dinosaur experts go about their work, and why they find it so rewarding. The book is spectacularly illustrated by John Sibbick, a world-famous illustrator of dinosaurs, commissioned exclusively for this book.
Category: Science

Why Is It Dark At Night

Author : Peter Zamarovský
ISBN : 9781491878804
Genre : Science
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"Why is it dark at night?" might seem a fatuous question at first sight. In reality it is an extremely productive question that has been asked from the very beginning of the modern age, not only by astronomers, for whom it is most appropriate, but also by physicists, philosophers, and even poets. the book you have just opened uses this question as a pretext to relate in the most interesting way the history of human thought from the earliest times to the here and now. the point is that if we want to appreciate the magic power of this ostensibly naïve question we need to discover how it fits into the wider context of the natural sciences and learn something of the faltering steps towards an answer. In doing so the author guides us through periods that we regard as the dim and distant past. However, as we start reading these passages we are amazed to discover just how searching were the questions the ancient philosophers asked themselves in spite of their fragmentary knowledge of the universe, and how clairvoyantly they were able to gaze into its mysterious structure. the author goes on to explain very graphically how this increasingly prickly question was tackled by many great men of science. It is bound to come as a surprise that it was not a philosopher, a physicist or an astronomer, but instead the poet Edgar Alan Poe, who hinted at the right answer. I know of no other similar publication that has dealt so graphically or so succinctly with a question which, after four centuries of fumbling and chasing up blind alleys, was only solved in our lifetime. Ji?í Grygar, president of Czech Learned Society, honorary Chairman of the Czech Astronomical Society
Category: Science

Brainwaves Teaching Guide

Author : Leone Strumbaun
ISBN : 1865099252
Genre : English language
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Teacher guide to a set of nonfiction books with attitude to grab even the reluctant readers' attention. Provides direct instruction in vital comprehension strategies, opportunities to engage with authentic texts in a variety of text types and integration of other learning areas with reading and writing opportunities for ages 6+.
Category: English language

Why Frogs Have No Hair

Author : Carl Stanley Reynolds
ISBN : 9781425978099
Genre : Fiction
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WHILE ON A CAMPING AND FISHING TRIP TO VIRGINIA'S SHENANDOAH RIVER LEFTY ANSWERS SOME INTERESTING QUESTIONS FOR HIS GRANDCHILDREN--LINDSEY, JACKSON, AND LUKE. WHY DO FROGS HAVE NO HAIR? WHY DO THEY MAKE THOSE "CROAKING" SOUNDS AT NIGHT NEAR THE WATER? WHY DO FROGS LIVE WHERE THEY DO? WHY AREN'T DINOSAURS AROUND ANYMORE? THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS, AND MORE, ARE IN THIS BOOK.
Category: Fiction