Grave Secrets of the Dinosaurs – Phillip Manning

This is a pretty interesting book on the discovery of Dakota, a ‘duckbill’ dinosaur that was exceptionally well preserved – the impression of the skin itself is preserved over much of the body, and the outline of the muscle is still present, as the body was not crushed after burial or distorted.

The information on Dakota himself is pretty limited, as the book was published before

Hadrosauridae (Dakota) - 01

Hadrosauridae (Dakota) – 01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

they could finish.  You do get to read about the practical problems of trying to X-ray a giant rock.  To partly make up for this, there is a bit of background on other ‘mummy’ discoveries in the past.

So it is a tad disappointing that the results given in the book are so limited.