Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia

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The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia is the most compact and comprehensive volume available for all the family. This portable encyclopedia uses a highly visual approach to a popular subject, with show-stopping artwork of dinosaurs in action. The book combines hard facts with interesting and intriguing feature spreads detailing dinosaur lifestyle, behavior, families, and habitat.

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Overview

The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia is the most compact and comprehensive volume available for all the family. This portable encyclopedia uses a highly visual approach to a popular subject, with show-stopping artwork of dinosaurs in action. The book combines hard facts with interesting and intriguing feature spreads detailing dinosaur lifestyle, behavior, families, and habitat.

From how life on earth began and how animals evolved to the catastrophic events that brought about the end of the dinosaurs, this book is a must for every dinosaur enthusiast. Timelines, a detailed glossary, and a comprehensive index help guide the reader through the book.

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Publishers Weekly
The paper-over-board, highly portable The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Burnie takes an exhaustive look at the beginning and development of life on earth with a focus on the evolution and reign of the dinosaurs. Realistically rendered illustrations plus photos of fossils and dinosaur discoveries bring fresh life to these ancient creatures and landscapes, as Burnie details the latest scientific theories about hundreds of dinosaurs. Interludes on modern fossil searching and various theories about the lives of dinosaurs are included. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everything and anything anyone ever wanted to know about dinosaurs can be found in this book. The book even goes above and beyond the dinosaur era; it spans the creation of the earth 4.6 million years ago to the present. This science based text looks at the development of animals and man through evolution and geography. Each chapter focuses upon a different era and discusses the life forms of the time. The sections specifically on dinosaurs break down into different types of animals such as plant eaters, meat eaters, and armored dinosaurs. This highly illustrated volume features detailed full color illustrations and photographs of fossils to bring the ancient world alive. Each dinosaur has its own picture and set of details regarding its time of existence, size, and area where it lived. Readers also learn about dinosaur facts such as parenting, intelligence, and adaptation. Information about fossil hunting and excavations are also provided, giving readers the big picture of paleontology. 2004, Kingfisher, Ages 12 to 15.
—Patricia Silverberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457542
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Series: Concise Series
  • Pages: 223
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles for

Kingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Life in the Distant Past 9
The beginning of life 10
Earth's first animals 12
How animals evolve 14
Evidence from the past 16
How fossils form 18
Studying fossils 20
Continents on the move 22
Setbacks and disasters 24
Dividing up time 26
The Age of Ancient Life 27
The Cambrian Period 28
Cambrian animals 30
The Burgess Shale 32
The Ordovician Period 36
Ordovician animals 38
The Silurian Period 40
Silurian animals 42
The Devonian Period 44
Devonian animals 46
The Carboniferous Period 48
Carboniferous animals 50
The Permian Period 52
Permian animals 54
End of an era 56
The Age of Reptiles 57
The Triassic Period 58
Triassic animals 60
Early dinosaurs 64
The Jurassic Period 66
The Cretaceous Period 68
Dinosaur groups 70
Plant-Eating Giants 71
Cetiosaurs 74
Brachiosaurs and Camarasaurs 76
Feeding on plants 78
Diplodocids 80
A question of size 84
Fossil hunting in South America 86
Titanosaurs 88
Ornithopods 91
Life in a group 94
Hypsilophodonts 96
Fabrosaurs and Heterodontosaurs 98
Iguanodonts 100
Colors and camouflage 102
Hadrosaurs 104
Fossil hunting in Asia 108
Sounds 112
The Meat Eaters 113
Ceratosaurs 116
Moving on two legs 118
Studying dinosaur tracks 120
Bird mimics 122
Dromaeosaurs 124
Troodonts 126
Dinosaur brains 128
Eggs and parental care 130
The origin of birds 132
Early birds 134
Giant Meat Eaters 135
Carnosaurs 138
Megalosaurs and Segnosaurs 140
Allosaurs 142
Tyrannosaurs 144
Fossil hunting in North America 146
Were dinosaurs warm-blooded? 148
Armored Dinosaurs 151
Dinosaur defenses 152
Ceratopsids 154
Stegosaurs 158
Fossil hunting in Africa 160
Weapons and ornaments 162
Nodosaurs and Ankylosaurs 164
Dome-headed dinosaurs 166
Dinosaur droppings 168
Reptiles in the Air 169
Wings of skin 170
Long-tailed pterosaurs 172
Pterodactyls 175
How pterosaurs fed 180
How pterosaurs bred 182
Reptiles in the Sea 183
Adapting to life in water 184
Nothosaurs 186
Plesiosaurs 188
Pliosaurs 190
Ichthyosaurs 192
Swimming styles 194
Fossil hunting in Europe 198
Mosasaurs 200
Shelled reptiles 202
The Age of Mammals 203
The end of the dinosaurs 204
Early Tertiary 206
Late Tertiary 208
Quaternary 210
Human evolution 214
Glossary 217
Index and web sites 219
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