Bizarre Dinosaurs: Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think They Got That Way

Bizarre Dinosaurs: Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think They Got That Way

by National Geographic Society, Christopher Sloan
     
 

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With state-of-the-art, digitally modeled images, fantastic photos of fossils, and up-to-date scientific interpretations, Bizarre Dinosaurs introduces dino-lovers to a group of very strange creatures indeed.

The cast of characters includes Masiakasaurus, a fierce some beast whose mouth bristled with serrated, slightly hooked, forward-poking teeth;

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With state-of-the-art, digitally modeled images, fantastic photos of fossils, and up-to-date scientific interpretations, Bizarre Dinosaurs introduces dino-lovers to a group of very strange creatures indeed.

The cast of characters includes Masiakasaurus, a fierce some beast whose mouth bristled with serrated, slightly hooked, forward-poking teeth; Deinocheirus with his ungainly long arms and huge triple claws; Epedendrosaurus with a tiny body and pinky fingers as long as his arms; and flat-faced Dracorex hogwartsia, the "dragon king of Hogwarts," named after Harry Potter’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Paleontologist Josh Smith uses clear and informed text to tell kids what we know and what we are still guessing about this collection of odd-looking monsters, including how scientists think they used their individual bizarre characteristics. In his introduction, life-long dinosaur enthusiast John Updike gives young readers a new perspective on the sheer weirdness of dinosaurs by turning our relationship with them on its head: "How weird might a human body look to dinosaurs?" he asks. "That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that limp upright stance, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tail—ugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn his place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"What makes Amargasaurus so bizarre?" Answers to this and other intriguing questions posed in this book may surprise even jaded dinosaur fans. The introduction, written by two paleontologists, explains that we know dinosaurs mostly by their bones, which provide clues to puzzling questions about the strange creatures. This neat little book goes on to present details for eleven bizarre saurians, including a fossil bit, explanatory text, a silhouette size-comparison with a man, some brief basic facts and, best of all, a re-creation of the living beast using computer graphics. Anyone would marvel at the spiked shoulders of Tuojiangosaurus, the vicious slicing and hooking teeth of collie-sized Masiakasaurus, or the eight-foot-long clawed arms of Deinocheirus, and that's all we have left of them. Christopher Sloane, the National Geographic staff members, paleontologists, and artists have pooled their knowledge and skills to create lifelike images complete with textured skins, glaring eyes, and razor-sharp teeth, spikes, and horns. With its glossy paper, sharp reproductions, dinosaur-green endpapers, and curved brown borders on each page, the book's design reinforces National Geographic's reputation for excellence. The last two-page spread, "Dinosaur Stomping Grounds," groups the creatures in an unexpected way—by their presence on one of the two ancient supercontinents, Gondwana or Laurasia. A glossary and an index are helpful. Fascinating evocations of some especially bizarre monsters will make this volume a welcome gift for dinosaur lovers who have everything. It could also add new zest to a library's dinosaur collection. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Join those scientists who dig for fossils and make "some surprising and baffling discoveries, dinosaurs with features nobody fully understands." Eleven truly strange dinosaurs are highlighted in this attractive book that is certain to appeal to young paleontologists. Meet carnotaurus, a distant relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex with "a pair of stubby, chunky horns jutting out from its brow..." Were these horns used for defense or for attracting mates? Why did epidendrosaurus have a super-long finger on each hand? Was it used to fish tasty bugs and grubs out of holes in tree trunks? No one knows for sure. Horns and fingers, spiked shoulders, and a musical head are just a few of the bizarre features that paleontologists are attempting to understand. Every double-page spread is illustrated with a realistic computer-generated model of each dinosaur. There is also a list of "expert knowledge" that includes the dinosaur's name, year named, type of dinosaur, adult size, where and when it lived, and its diet. "Dinosaur Stomping Grounds," the final double-page spread, groups the dinosaurs on the two ancient super continents, Gondwana and Laurasia. A table of contents, glossary, and an index are included. An excellent addition to any collection of dinosaur books. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426303302
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,426,182
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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