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Cretaceous Dawn RE: Evolution in Science Fiction




On Fri, 10 Jul 2009, Anthony Docimo wrote:
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:23:20 +1000
From: allenph@unimelb.edu.au
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Evolution in Science Fiction

what about the book _Cretaceous Dawn_...it just hit the new-arrivals rack in my local library, so it may (or may not) be a new release. [...] (its an interesting look at time travel and the Hell Creek area - unless I misread something and its not really Hell Creek)

Hmmm. Had to look that one up. From Amazon's description

"The Grazianos, sibling scientists, combine speculation and science in a compulsively page-turning time-travel adventure. A physics experiment gone awry sends four people and a dog 65 million years into the past. Day-to-day survival among creatures like giant croc Deinosuchus and T. rex becomes a priority, even as the group of stranded scientists realizes that getting home involves a 1,000 mile trek across the amazing landscape of Hell Creek. Details about plants, animals and insects in the distant past set the stage for a tight, scientifically plausible plot with a wholly unexpected twist that will keep readers guessing." -- Publishers Weekly, July 2008

"A long-extinct beetle appears in a physics lab. Four-and-a-half people and a dog are hurled 65 million years through time, to the Age of the Dinosaurs, and paleontologist Julian Whitney and his companions have only one chance for rescue. Meanwhile in the lab, police chief Sharon Earles must solve the mystery of why half a body remains where five people had just been. Physicists try to determine what went wrong but can they fix the vault in time to retrieve the missing peopleand do they want to?"

Ah, quantum paleontologists! (for those of you who watched the Land of the Lost movie; great juxtapositioning of terms)