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dino's at the used book store!
Today's 4th-of-July Brownian motion carried past a used book store in Florence,
I found "THE DAY OF THE DINOSAUR" by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de
Camp - not a bad little book - this is from 1985 and some things are now a
tad radically different from what I see on the DML. Any professional opinions
on this tome?
Moving on over to Books-A-Million and their uncivilized SRP's, I grabbed the
book "CHASED BY SEA MONSTERS" by Marvin and James. I always got a kick out of
the tv show on Discovery. Glancing thru the very nice artwork, a couple
questions popped into my noodle:
1) Tylosaurus rearing out of the sea to chomp a low-flying pterosaur - are
there any actual stomach-content fossils to "prove" this sort of thing actually
happened? I know 'gators catch the occassional bird but usually the bird wins
2) Since these are the BBC WWD folks again, not surprisingly they re-use
Liopleurodon as a subject, but holy James G. Watt quotes*, Batman! this book is
copyright 2003! - and they are still toasting this beastie as the biggest
predator ever! Didn't they get enough butte-chewin' from the aftershocks of
*How old is the earth? "Zillions of years." Yeeup.