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In this meticulous and absorbing account, Ford reviews the latest scientific evidence to show that the popular accounts of dinosaurs’ lives contain ideas that are no more than convenient inventions: how dinosaurs mated, how they hunted and communicated, how they nursed their young, even how they moved. He uncovers many surprising details which challenge our most deeply held beliefs - such as the revelation that an asteroid impact did not end the dinosaurs’ existence.
Professor Ford’s illuminating examination changes everything. As he unravels the history of the world, we discover that evolution was not Charles Darwin’s idea; there were many philosophers who published the theory before him. The concept of continental drift and plate tectonics did not begin with Alfred Wegener a century ago but dates back to learned pioneers hundreds of years before his time. Ever since scientists first began to study dinosaurs, they have travelled with each other down the wrong path, and Ford now shows how this entire branch of science has to be rewritten.
A new dinosaur species is announced every 10 days, and more and more information is currently being discovered about how they may have lived: locomotion, hunting, nesting behaviour, distribution, extinction. Ford brings together these amazing discoveries in this controversial new book which undoubtedly will ruffle a few feathers, or scales if you are an old-school dinosaur lover.
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By William Lauffer on 07-13-18
Ignorant, self acclaiming, blowhard!
The first half of the book is actually a very pleasant listen. The author uses a very enjoyable style, and the reader conveys the book so that the listener readily looks forward to the next part. However this only applies to the first half of the book devoted to background history of dinosaur discovery.
In the second half, the author gives his reasonings for his hypothesis (not a theory as he expounds) that dinosaurs were aquatic. His main points include that dinosaurs would’ve been too heavy to live on land, too big to mate on land, and to heavily cites the lack of evidence of tail tracks. his basic premise is only supported by the incorrect hypothesis that dinosaurs had slow metabolisms/ were “cold blooded”
He seems very ignorant of the direct connection between birds and dinosaurs. Instead of looking at very obvious comparative anatomy of bone structures between birds and dinosaurs, he relates dinosaurs to the much more distantly related crocodilians and even lizards! Fossil evidence has shown that possibly all dinosaurs had some sort of proto-feathers, with many of the later theropod dinosaurs experimenting with true feathers and flight. Additionally he ignores the similarities of the lungs unique to birds and dinosaurs evidenced by connections in the the thoracic cavity. This combined with the air sacs present in dinosaur bones, also in congruence with birds, allowed dinosaurs to be lighter and intake much more oxygen for metabolic activity. These are hard proofs against his “theory”, which is just a fanciful story without any non-circular evidence.
His premise that the planet was covered in shallow seas is ridiculous, lacking what would be obvious evidence from from what must’ve been abundant aquatic plant and animal species at the same time if he was correct, and doesn’t allow areas for terrestrial eggs.
He repeats his main four arguments again and again in a circular self feeding logic without giving evidence. He does give various anecdotes about how one person can be right against an establishment view, however with his lack of evidence, he must be constrained as a conspiracy theorist. Much of the second half of the book is him complaining about being “wrongfully” put down by experts in the field, however he fails to point out why their theory which has abundant evidence is wrong beside his incorrect assumptions based on mass. He whines incessantly about both the pettiness of scientists and how he didn’t want to write this book because he was waiting for someone else to come to the same conclusion! However in the same long winded breathe, he explains how he pulled out of a group submission paper, throwing a fit because his name wouldn’t appear first!! He doesn’t care about the advancement of science; he had an idea once and has warped everything to fit his own agenda, ignoring the multitudes of evidence. It seems he only wrote this to “toot his own horn”
If you insist on reading/listening to this, I urge you to also read/listen to “The Rise and the Fall of the Dinosaurs” by Steve Brussate. If is a much more informed and eye opening literature.
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