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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context

Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context

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(p.239) Chapter Twelve Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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David E. Fastovsky

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0013

This chapter examines the social and political meaning of dinosaur paleontology in popular culture. It considers three case studies: the paleobiology of the large theropod T. rex, the discovery of dinosaur maternity, nests, eggs, and embryos, and the dinosaur extinction. The analysis reveals that important discoveries about the biology, behavior, and extinction of dinosaurs were influenced not just by empirical developments, but also by the social climate of the times in which they were produced.

Keywords:   dinosaur paleontology, popular culture, political meaning, paleobiology, T. rex, dinosaur extinction, social climate

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