Deltadromeus and Other Shoreline Dinosaurs(Dinosaur Find Series)

Deltadromeus and Other Shoreline Dinosaurs(Dinosaur Find Series)

by Dougal Dixon, James Field, Steve Weston

Seashores, lakes, and riverbanks are all places that shoreline dinosaurs roamed and ruled. Learn what these creatures had in common with today's water-loving animals.


Seashores, lakes, and riverbanks are all places that shoreline dinosaurs roamed and ruled. Learn what these creatures had in common with today's water-loving animals.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The eight dinosaurs described in this book lived near the shores of bodies of water such as rivers and oceans millions of years ago. Slightly larger than a chicken, the meat-eating Compsognathus ate small animals, insects, and lizards. The vegetarian Corythosaurus cooled off in the forest swamps where it found edible plants on the bottom. The Deltadromeus ran down its prey or ate dead animals that it found on the delta where it lived. The Masiakasaurus, with its spiky, hooked teeth, enjoyed the fish it caught in streams. The huge Paralititan was a plant-eater. The Pelecanimimus had a pouch under its chin similar to a pelican. The armored Struthiosaurus was a plant-eater slightly taller than a chicken. The Suchomimus was as tall as an elephant and had jaws like a crocodile. Each dinosaur is pictured in detail in its natural environment, and its size is compared to a chicken, a human or an elephant. A modern day animal that may have some similarities to each dinosaur is shown. The back of the book offers library references and a web site. This is an excellent choice for an elementary school library. 2005, Picture Window Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In each book, two-page chapters give very basic information about eight dinosaurs that shared a type of environment. Three or four short sentences provide a few interesting facts. Each title includes at least one item related to the common habitat, such as noting that Paralititan's "huge flat feet were perfectly shaped for mud walking." A full-page illustration shows each dinosaur in action, while a smaller photo beneath the text depicts a modern animal that shares a common feature. The Ankylosaurus entry, for instance, shows a rhinoceros that also has armorlike skin. Small silhouettes indicate the size of each dinosaur compared to a chicken, human, or elephant, although Corythosaurus is incorrectly undersized. Occasionally, theories, such as the notion that Amargasaurus used their neck spines for signaling, are presented as actual fact. The habitats represented are fairly broad: "shoreline" species include those that lived near rivers, oceans, swamps, and deltas. There's no exploration of the commonalities among dinosaurs that lived in similar environments, and many of the species lived in vastly different time periods, but that's appropriate in a series for beginners. Generally, the habitat theme serves well in a presentation of basic facts about several species in ways that young readers can easily grasp.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Dinosaur Find Series
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dougal Dixon has written more than 120 books, including many on dinosaurs, fossils, and Earth science subjects. Since 1980, Dougal has been a full-time freelance writer and editor. He enjoys researching out in the field. In 2004, he spent time in Montana excavating a Stegosaurus skeleton.

His books have won the Times Educational Supplement, Primary School Book Award for Science in 1996, the Helen Roney Sattler Award from the Dinosaur Society in 1993, and the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award in 1993.

Dougal lives in Wareham in Dorset, England, with his wife Jean. He has two children, Gavin and Lindsay.

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