Digging Dinosaurs

John Horner and James Gorman Harper & Row, New York, 1988 (printed as a paperback in 1990).

Few subjects interest today’s students more than dinosaurs. While you might have read the more recent DINOSAUR LIVES by Horner, this earlier work, along with Robert Bakker’s delightfully irreverent THE DINOSAUR HERESIES, is the book you will find yourself returning to. A personal account of one of the most important fossil discoveries in memory (nesting behavior in dinosaurs) by a noted field paleontologist (Horner is the model for the scientist in the film JURASSIC PARK), this book presents the best account available of how paleontological field work is conducted. It is very readable and entertaining, telling stories that teach without the teacher intruding.

Dr. George Johnson