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Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context

David E. Fastovsky

in The Paleobiological Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226748610
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0013
Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology: Resonating to Social and Political Context

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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

Chapter.  5664 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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