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The Complete Dinosaur

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What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates? What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 1128 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Indiana University Press
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Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a truly remarkable book. I read every single page of text. This book is really a compilation of peer-reviewed literature reviews of different aspects of dinosaur paleontology. It seems that the editors solicited chapters from various professional paleontologists about just about all the subjects they felt were worth writing about (hence the book's title).

The content and quality of the chapters is highly variable as you might expect given the many authors. Some chapters seem to be
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this work in conjunction with the Coursera class, Dino 101, offered by the University of Alberta. It proved to be quite the conversation piece in the staff lounge at work during the three months it took me to work my way through it. But wow! It is an incredible collection of knowledge spanning all presently known areas of dinosaur study and speculation, from the history of paleontology itself to dinosaur origins, anatomy, classification, behavior, disease and extinction. I would very much ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I am in the last hundred pages or so of this book, which has taken me awhile. It is very comprehensive. A fantastic book. Some of the chapters can be quite a challenge, as they focus on very specific aspects of Dinosaur biology and throw quite a bit of anatomical terminology at you. This is a book I will keep coming back to, as my understanding deepens. The chapters on muscle attachment and bone histology I found the most challenging and will have to reread this at a later date. Overall, if you ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
treba uznať, že kniha je vo svojom rozsahu veľmi detailne rozpracovaná a tematicky dobre rozkúskovaná, no na druhej strane, náruživý milovník dinosaurov v nej narazí na naozaj nezáživné kapitoly ako trebárs história paleontológie, skladba kostí či choroby dinosaurov (čo z celého rozsahu knihy odoberá celé stovky strán), plus čo bolo najprekvapujúcejšie, kniha nemá k svojej dobe vydania žiadny zoznam známych druhov, čo je asi najviac vyhľadávaná pasáž a takisto, treba zabudnúť na obrázky, pretože ...more
Very easy to read, assumes you know nothing and when it says Complete, it means complete :-)
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