By Jr. & George Poinar, Roberta Poinar
Hundreds of thousands of years in the past within the Cretaceous interval, the amazing Tyrannosaurus rex--with its dagger-like tooth for tearing its prey to ribbons--was certainly the fiercest carnivore to roam the Earth. but as What Bugged the Dinosaurs? finds, T. rex was once no longer the single killer. George and Roberta Poinar express how insects--from biting sand flies to disease-causing parasites--dominated lifestyles in the world and performed an important position within the lifestyles and demise of the dinosaurs. The Poinars convey the age of the dinosaurs marvelously to lifestyles. studying unique bugs fossilized in Cretaceous amber at 3 significant deposits in Lebanon, Burma, and Canada, they reconstruct the complicated ecology of a opposed prehistoric global inhabited through voracious swarms of bugs. The Poinars draw upon tantalizing new proof from their striking discoveries of disease-producing vertebrate pathogens in Cretaceous blood-sucking flies, in addition to intestinal worms and protozoa present in fossilized dinosaur excrement, to supply a distinct view of the way bugs contaminated with malaria, leishmania, and different pathogens, including intestinal parasites, can have devastated dinosaur populations. a systematic event tale from the authors whose examine encouraged Jurassic Park, What Bugged the Dinosaurs?? deals compelling proof of ways bugs without delay and ultimately contributed to the dinosaurs' dying.