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Full-color photos. "From cover to cover, this openly invites the reader to discover the delights of dinosaurs. The visual appeal is impressive. The text is informative. Fossilization, skeleton reconstruction, and a superb time scale round out a stunning and compelling book. Complete, authoritative, exact, and imaginative, it is sure to survive when other dinosaur books bec...more
Published 1991 by C. Bertelsmann
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When it comes to books on dinosaurs, you can usually choose between collections blistered with pictures or weighty scientific tomes with too many words. That's why I really enjoyed this book, as it offers a tour of the Mesozoic age and its terrible lizards. There are enough illustrations (including one stunner showing the viewpoint of raptors trying to evade being stepped on by an enormous sauropod) to keep the reader interested and the text is outstanding.

Although everything we know about dinos...more
A very good, intermediate-level book about dinosaurs. It gives a solid history of paleontology and leads the reader through the progression of how dinosaurs were viewed and researched, and how theories have changed over time. Throughout, the author provides the latest knowledge (at the time) while still making clear that theories change as new information is made available.

There's relatively little information about specific dinosaurs; this is very much a survey course of dinosaurs in general. B...more
Matthew Shields
Good intro on dinosaurs including:
-What clues they left behind, how fossils and these clues came to be left there
-How modern day animal & plant life can fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of dinosaurs
-The history of our perception & popularization of dinosaurs
-Different extinction theories.
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