m (Automa: Sostituzioni normali automatiche di errori "tipografici".)
:''How would we think and feel about predatory dinosaurs if they were alive today? Humans have long felt antipathy toward carnivores, our competitors for scarce protein. But our feelings are somewhat mollified by the attractive qualities we see in them. For all their size and power, lions remind us of the little creatures that we like to have curl up in our laps and purr as we stroke them. Likewise, noble wolves recall our canine pets. Cats and dogs make good companions because they are intelligent and responsive to our commands, and their supple bodies make them pleasing to touch and play with. And, very importantly, they are house-trainable. Their forward-facing eyes remind us of ourselves. However, even small predaceous dinosaurs would have had no such advantage. None were brainy enough to be companionable or house-trainable; in fact, they would always be a danger to their owners. Their stiff, perhaps feathery bodies were not what one would care to have sleep at the foot of the bed. The reptilian-faced giants that were the big predatory dinosaurs would truly be horrible and terrifying. We might admire their size and power, much as many are fascinated with war and its machines, but we would not like them. Their images in literature and music would be demonic and powerful — monsters to be feared and destroyed, yet emulated at the same time. '' (p. 19)
*Se non fosse per la coda lunga, una persona al buio potrebbe scambiare un teropode per un grosso uccello dentato e rapace. Che i teropodi siano simili agli uccelli è logico dal momento che gli [[uccello|uccelli]] sono i loro parenti più stretti. Ricordati di questo la prossima volta che ti mangi una coscia di pollo o rompi delle uova.
:''If not for the long tail, one might mistake a theropod for a big, toothy, marauding bird in the dark. That theropods are birdlike is logical, since birds are their closest living relatives. Remember that next time you eat a drumstick or scramble some eggs.'' (p. 22)