By Michael Novacek
“A incredible advent to paleontology because it relatively is and the way it really is performed, from fish to dinosaur, chook, and mammal.” —Edward O. Wilson Michael Novacek, a popular paleontologist who has found very important fossils on almost each continent, is an expert on styles of evolution and at the relationships between extinct and extant organisms. Time traveller is his eye-catching account of ways his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs grew to become a lifelong dedication to leading edge technological know-how. Novacek writes of the appealing perils of fieldwork with affection and discernment, and he illuminates the main fascinating matters in paleontology at the present time.
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Extra info for Time Traveler: In Search of Dinosaurs and Other Fossils from Montana to Mongolia
The third great subdivision, the Cenozoic Era, begins roughly 65 million years ago, when all the dinosaurs went extinct except for one specialized group of flying, feathered 22 TIME TRAVELER dinosaurs, the birds. This phase experienced a dramatic rise of mammals, lizards, snakes, and other land creatures, as well as big changes in the marine realm. Although we sometimes formally distinguish the 15,000 years or so since the last great ice age as a time of man, we would better regard it as simply a footnote to the Cenozoic.
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