John "Jack" R. Horner (1946-) is an American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura, and who served as the technical advisor to the Jurassic Park movies

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John "Jack" R. Horner



John "Jack" R. Horner (1946-) is an American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura. This was an important discovery as it offered the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young, as well as containing the first dinosaur embryos discovered, and the first dinosaur eggs found in the Western hemisphere.

Horner also served as the technical advisor to the Jurassic Park movies. He also was part of the inspiration behind the films' character, Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill).


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How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution
By Jack Horner

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Released: 2010-02-23
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A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur

Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are in the process of building the technology to create a real dinosaur.

Based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology on how a few select cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains that function together, Jack Horner takes the science a step further in a plan to "reverse evolution" and reveals the awesome, even frightening, power being acquired to recreate the prehistoric past. The key is the dinosaur's genetic code that lives on in modern birds- even chickens. From cutting-edge biology labs to field digs underneath the Montana sun, How to Build a Dinosaur explains and enlightens an awesome new science.
Dinosaurs―The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops
By Keiron Pim

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Released: 2016-03-22
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From Aardonyx to Zuniceratops—A Dino-Mite Gathering of All the Dinosaurs (More Than 300!) Worth Knowing About

We live in a golden age of paleontological discovery—the perfect time to dig in to the spectacular world of dinosaurs. From Aardonyx, a lumbering beast that formed a link between two and four-legged dinosaurs, to Zuniceratops, who boasted a deadly pair of horns, Dinosaurs—The Grand Tour details everything worth knowing about every important dinosaur that scientists know about—more than 300 in all.
 
In Dinosaurs you’ll learn all the gory details—about geology, anatomy, evolution, astronomy, and even Native American and Chinese mythology. Stories of harrowing paleontological expeditions conjure the thrills of history’s most famous dinosaur hunters. Highlights of recent research reveal what’s going on in the world of dinosaurs today, including scientists’ recent discovery of pigments embedded in dinosaur fossils that shed light, for the first time, on dinosaurs’ true coloration. Illustrations on virtually every page bring these prehistoric creatures to life in all their razor-sharp, long-necked, spiny, scaly glory.
 
And for readers inspired to test their dino-expertise in the field, renowned paleontologist Jack Horner’s field notes will help enthusiasts set out on their own expeditions. Track down dinosaur footprints at Horner’s recommended sites, head out on a cross-country dinosaur road trip using Horner’s list of top North American dinosaurs as your map, and learn what it’s like to be a leading paleontologist who’s been part of some of the most sensational dinosaur discoveries ever—and how you can get involved, too!

Digging Up Dinosaurs
By Jack Horner

Farcountry Press
Released: 2007-03-15
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Written for kids ages eight to twelve, Digging Up Dinosaurs, by world-renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, is chock full of fun and fascinating information about fossils in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Horner takes kids along on the dig, explaining step by step how fossils are formed, the best places to find them, what it takes to get them out of the ground, and what the fossils tell us about the dinosaurs that roamed the Rocky Mountain states and the Dakotas. We even get to look back in time at what the region looked like during the Mesozoic Era and what dinosaurs ruled in what are now Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

AWARDS: Finalist, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, Juvenile Nonfiction, 2007.
Finalist, Ben Franklin Book Awards, Science and Environment category, 2008.

The Maiasaura Nests: Jack Horner's Dinosaur Eggs (Fossil Hunters)
By Duncan Searl

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In The Tiny Titanosaurs, young readers journey to Argentina with paleontologist Luis Chiappe as he makes a major discovery. Amidst a nesting ground filled with thousands of dinosaur eggs, Luis and his team were the first to find both skin and bones from unhatched baby dinosaurs. If the babies had survived, they would have grown to be some of the largest animals that ever walked the earth. What disaster kept the eggs from hatching? Discover the answer with Luis and his team. Full-color photographs, a map, and an exciting narrative text will inspire the budding fossil hunter in every child.
Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs
By John R. Horner

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Recounts the author's search for evidence of baby dinosaurs in the badlands of Montana and his discovery of dinosaur nests and of two new species
Digging Up Dinosaurs by Jack Horner (2007-03-15)
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Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
By Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr.

Random House NY
Released: 2007-10-23
Hardcover (432 pages)

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An award-winning encyclopdia written for young people—dubbed the "Dinosaur Bible" by enthusiasts!

Written by one of the world’s foremost experts on dinosaurs, this award-winning title—honored by the NSTA and the AAAS—is an essential addition to any dinophile’s library, regardless of age! Using casual language aimed at young people and non-scientists, it's a guide to all aspects of dinosaur science: how we figure out what dinosaurs looked like, how they lived, how they evolved, how they continue to live among us as birds, and much, much more. 

It also includes brief entries on all 800+ "named" species of Mesozoic dinosaurs, as well as sidebars by 33 world-famous paleontologists—among them Robert T. Bakker, Jack Horner, Mark Norell, Scott Sampson, and Philip Currie. With 428-pages of lavish, museum-quality illustrations, and an exhaustive Web site maintained by the author of supplemental chapter updates, this the perfect gift that will educate AND entertain for many, many, MANY hours! (And if that isn’t enough, the jacket has a spectacular poster printed on the inside.)
 
“Written in a casual language both young and adult paleo-nerds will find readable and enjoyable, this volume is seen as the "Dinosaur Bible" by many enthusiasts of the subject, for its sheer completeness and scienciness.” —tvtropes.org

In the Presence of Dinosaurs
By John Colagrande

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Explores life in the Mesozoic era through text and illustrations that speculate on the daily life and behavior of dinosaurs and other creatures who lived in the various habitats of that time period.
Lens to the Natural World: Reflections on Dinosaurs, Galaxies, and God
By Kenneth H. Olson

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Released: 2011-12-08
Kindle Edition (238 pages)

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This book straddles the fertile middle ground between science and religion at a time when the conversation is dominated by extremists on both sides. Taking seriously the modern view of the universe, including the fossil record for the history of life across millions of years, the author considers our relationship to the rest of nature. In addition, the age-old questions concerning meaning, values, and our place within it all are perhaps more pressing than ever before. This work provides a broad engagement with major ideas, including evolution and earth stewardship, while drawing upon a rich heritage of philosophy and literature and doing so in a manner accessible to the general reader.

“Ken Olson has discovered extraordinary specimens of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, many of them on display in our university museum. His profession has been in the realm of religion, but he has combined this with a concern for scientific inquiry. This intriguing blend has never been more needed than today, when too much is seen in terms of simplistic opposites. The reader of this work will find stories of discovery and be challenged by their implications, stirred to deeper reflection about the splendor of life in its long journey through time, and moved to a greater caring for the planet that is our home.”
-Jack Horner
Dinosaur paleontologist and Curator, The Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

“Take a remarkably successful fossil hunter, a highly literate pastor, an excellent writer, and a passionate naturalist, and combine them into one book, and you have a book you must read. It will delight and educate at the same time. Tired of know-nothing, anti-evolution, anti-global warming religionists? This book will be a breath of fresh air, seamlessly combining serious science with religious insight. Ken Olson—prairie philosopher-scientist from Montana—will reawaken you to the wonders of the natural world.”
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Retired Director, CHARIS Ecumenical Center
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

“Ken Olson is a person of deep religious conviction who also happens to understand and to work within the scientific paradigm. As such, he is unusually qualified to counsel people of faith who feel uncertain or distrustful of much of science. Ken shows that science is neither monolithic nor anti-religious, but rather a world of wonder that can bring people to a deeper appreciation of both religion and science. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his insight.”
-Kevin Padian
Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology
University of California, Berkeley

Ken Olson is a dinosaur hunter who has located numerous specimens including two nine-foot skulls that are among the largest for any land animal ever. A Research Associate in Paleontology for The Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Bozeman, he is also an ordained Lutheran pastor, having served congregations for thirty-eight years.
Jack Horner: Living With Dinosaurs (Science Superstars)
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A biography of the man who as a boy found his first dinosaur fossil and decided to study dinosaurs, becoming one of the world's leading dinosaur experts and real-life hero in the book and movie "Jurassic Park"


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