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Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages

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WRITTEN BY A PROFESSIONAL paleontologist for young readers, this award-winning guide to the complete Dinosauria is packed with enough detail and insider information to satisfy even adult dinophiles! The text includes brief entries on all 800+ "named" species of Mesozoic dinosaurs, as well as chapters on the history of dinosaur discoveries, the science of dinosaur art, dino...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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This is the absolute best dinosaur book I have ever read. It is also pretty recent, made in '07. I highly recommend it to dinosaur lovers.
If all the text dedicated to describing phylogenies were to be replaced by cladograms, about a hundred pages would vanish from this volume, with no loss of information. Holtz's abjection to the pedantry of phylogenetics turns a wonderful subject, full of mystery and wonder and grandeur, into a tedious one. Much more could have been made of recent advances in the study of dinosaur behaviour, or of recent spectacular finds, or of dino-diseases and injuries, or something - anything but the amount o...more
If I could, I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. My kids have been really into dinosaurs lately and I wanted to find a book that adequately explains the evolution of dinosaurs (i.e., how all the different groups of dinosaurs are related) and what characteristics make them distinct from each other. The author does an excellent job describing these groups and describing dinosaur paleontology in general. The book is written at about a junior high level, but is very engaging. The art work is gorgeous...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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I am not a paleontologist (obviously). I am not, truth be told, even a dinosaur fanatic. What I am is a reader who is always looking to extend my knowledge base on interesting subjects, and this dinosaur encyclopedia fulfills that quest in spades!

Everything you could ever want to know about dinosaurs -- all types, all genuses, all sizes and shapes and colors -- is detailed, extensively, within the pages of DINOSAURS. There are wonderful illustrations by Luis V....more
Dave Schey
If you are interested in learning about dinosaurs and are new to the subject, this is the best first book you should read.
Absolutely amazing! This was an incredibly detailed and exhaustively researched book. I've always been fascinated by dinosaurs, so this was perfect for me. The illustrations were gorgeous, and I learned about so many species of dinosaurs that I didn't even know existed.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dinosaurs.
I know, we have lots of dinosaur books, but not like this one! It is huge, with page-length articles on all sorts of dinosaur behavior. Perhaps its best feature, though, is the full-action illustrations that just pop right off the page. This one book is good for countless hours of browsing fun for even the most rabid dinosaur fan.
I loved looking at the dinosaur pictures. This book is very colorful & full of great pictures that appeal to all ages. I cant get used to dinosaurs with feathers though. I didnt read this book cover to cover, I mostly looked at the pictures & read about my favorites.
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(This book) is extremely informative and actually not too boring either and introduces a few new ideas like that some dinosaurs might have had primitive feathers. Also really good illustrations.
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