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Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History

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From the authors of The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs comes an introduction to the study of dinosaurs for non-specialists designed to excite readers about science by using dinosaurs to illustrate and discuss geology, natural history and evolution. While focusing on dinosaurs it also uses them to convey other aspects of the natural sciences, including fundament ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press
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L.J.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for paleo-enthusiasts. I found myself lost in some of the cladeogram descriptions as I could not clearly see the relationship of certain groups of dinosaurs but overall the book is well written, extremely well illustrated and I have learned so much about behavior, environmental influences and general dinosaur (avian/reptilian) evolution and would recommend to anyone interested in this subject.
Hilary
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the most readable textbook I've ever had. It was intermittently hilarious and highly informative. It made learning enjoyable, and I loved my dinosaur class all the more for it! The graphics are very detailed and the verbiage isn't too dense. I highly recommend this to any aspiring paleontologists, professional or otherwise. However, this is at least a middle school reading level, a time after which most childhood dinosaur obsessions have passed. But I definitely enjoyed it as a 23-year- ...more
Erik
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, ebook
An excellent introductory book on dinosaurs, their environments, evolution and relationship to modern fauna. The only missing information is some graphical explanation on detailed cladograms features to help comprehend anatomical characteristics, which by no means is a demerit to this highly recommended book.
Allen
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
More of a textbook than anything else. A very good intro to science and paleontology.
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