- An entirely new theory is proposed as to why the dinosaurs became totally extinct is proposed in this exciting volume
- What implications does the dinosaur extinction have for species that exist today, including human beings?
- The smallest dinosaur was the size of a chicken – the largest on record, Argentinosaurus huinculensis, weighed 95 tons, fifteen times as much as an African bull elephant
- Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for no less than 181 million years, about 600 times longer than Homo sapiens have existed on the planet
The dinosaurs are a source of endless fascination and continue to capture the imagination of young and old alike. Each new generation is inspired and enchanted by images of these wondrous and awe-inspiring creatures, which dominated the Earth aeons of time ago.
The author’s interest in dinosaurs arose as he lives near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast: a World Heritage site where these great creatures have left a legacy of footprints and fossilised bones. The dinosaurs failed to fulfil Charles Darwin’s requirement of ‘the survival of the fittest’ and they exist today only as fossils and not as living creatures, all terrestrial dinosaurs having become totally extinct.
There is general agreement that the dinosaurs became extinct following the impact of an asteroid on the Earth about 65 million years ago. But what is not clear is why other reptiles and mammals for example, survived. What special capabilities did these creatures possess, which the dinosaurs lacked? What was it that made the dinosaurs especially vulnerable? A new theory is proposed, but what new evidence is there to support this theory? None, because the evidence has always been there, staring us in face all the time. But the right questions were never asked, until now!
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Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. From 1972–83, Norman worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, and Adolf Hitler.