New York: The Viking Press, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Minimal foxing of edges. Clean, unmarked and bright textbox. Tight and square binding. Black paper boards with black cloth spine. Gilt lettering on spine. Some wear to cover. A few marks on back endpaper. B/W illustrations. Bibliography. Index. 22 x 28.6 cm. 117 pp. / Missing dust jacket. Item #10215
Attempts to clear away generally held myths and misconceptions surrounding the class Archosauria and the subclass Dinosauria, using line drawings to illustrate these swift, warm-blooded, bipedal animals
From KIRKUS REVIEW:
McLoughlin, who filled us in on our closer-to-home inquilines in The Animals Among Us (1978), now adds his voice to the burgeoning defense of the long-maligned dinosaur. No longer the sluggish, ""dimbulb,"" swamp-dwelling reptiles of 19th-century imagination, the new dinosaurs are erect, agile, and warmblooded--metabolically sophisticated creatures who run in packs and tend their young, and whose small brains signify not stupidity but ""only a nonmammalian nervous organization."" As for how the subclass died out, McLoughlin rejects the old, lame stabs at explanations and puts forth a ""pet theory"" involving atmospheric conditions which would affect the photosynthetic process--and thus all the most energy consumptive, active beasts at the tops of their food chains. McLoughlin looks at different groups of dinosaurs in roughly evolutionary order, and he is especially good at integrating the hows and whys of development with descriptions of particular features. His suggestions--even down to such specifics as the functions of the sauropods' high nostrils, the hadrosaurs' crowns, and tyrannosaurus rex's tiny forearms--will not be new to readers of Adrian Desmond's The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs, which put the revisionist case to the public back in 1976. But McLoughlin offers a more streamlined summary of the new ideas, he writes with more grace than the subject usually inspires, and his delicate fine-line drawings will do much for the dinosaur's new image.