Desmond, Adrian J. | The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs. A Revolution in Palaeontology

  • First edition, first impression of the first book by palaeontologist and historian of science Adrian Desmond (1947 - ), a significant popular work in the late-20th century debate over the physiological nature of dinosaurs.

    The late 1960s was the beginning of a revolution in the scientific view of dinosaurs, with Robert T. Bakker, John H. Ostrom, and Armand de Ricqlès arguing that they were quick, agile, and upright, with fast metabolisms and self-regulating internal temperatures similar to those of mammals. In The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs, Desmond – trained as both a palaeontologist and a historian – makes the case that dinosaurs were indeed warm-blooded, and analyses this new information within the context of the history of palaeontology and changing ideas about dinosaur biology.

  • London: Blond & Briggs, 1975.

    Tall quarto. Original brown boards, titles to spine in red, yellow endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrations throughout the text. Small, contemporary ink ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Binding just a little rubbed at the extremities. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with some small marks and abrasions and light toning of the spine panel.