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Anyone who has seen the movie Jurassic Park knows the theory that dinosaur DNA might be used to recreate living dinosaurs. Just get a little from an ancient mosquito (who stung a dinosaur) now encased in amber, incubate in a suitable egg, and watch dinos grow. While not totally ruling that way out, noted paleontologist Jack Horner now thinks there is a way to resurrect the past using something much more common than preserved dinosaur DNA – the common chicken embryo. He tells how in How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever.
Horner and his coauthor James Gorman do a good job of explaining scientific method, paleontology, and genetics to nonscientists. The early chapters can be read just for descriptions of Montana and learning about the work of dinosaur hunters. General readers may want to skip a bit in the middle chapters discussing genetics, but they risk missing some of the key points when they do. The final chapters discuss ethical issues. Horner has long been one of the most vocal and popular paleontologist and is followed by many dino-fans. His latest book gets you up to date on the latest dinosaur theories. Look for it in our science section.