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by Dr. Robert T. Bakker, Luis Rey

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Dinosaurs! follows the evolution of these spectacular creatures from their earliest beginnings as little fellows who had to evade attacks from giant croc relatives to today’s living dinosaurs.


Dinosaurs! follows the evolution of these spectacular creatures from their earliest beginnings as little fellows who had to evade attacks from giant croc relatives to today’s living dinosaurs.

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Natural History Magazine
THIS BOOK COMBINES THE TALENTS of two of the more imaginative (some might say "controversial") workers in dinosaur studies. Robert Bakker, whose curriculum includes stints at both Harvard and Yale, as well as the Tate Geological Museum in Casper, Wyoming, was the enfant terrible of the dinosaur renaissance in the 1970s, when his research, combined with similar studies by his colleagues, laid to rest the midcentury vision of dinosaurs as inept, maladapted failures. Rey's dinosaur reconstructions (digitally superimposed for this book onto scenic background photographs) are so brilliantly colored they are almost garish, and the figures are probably the most dynamically posed of any in the tradition of paleoart. Yet despite the bold effects, the results are surprisingly mainstream, in the best sense of the word. That is to say, few dinosaur paleontologists today would find the information and reconstructions in Dinosaurs! at all unreasonable (except perhaps for the imaginative colors). If you are looking for a short, colorful, easy-to-read overview of the new understanding of dinosaurian diversity, this book will serve as an excellent introduction for young readers.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Dinosaurs are a subject of great fascination for young children, especially boys. This factual account explains that dinosaurs lived in three major periods—the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous—and that together these three periods comprise the Mesozoic era which ended more than 65 million years ago as did the dinosaurs. As various dinosaurs are discussed, readers learn what period they lived in, who some of their contemporaries were, whether or not they were meat or plant eaters, and how to pronounce those tongue twisting names. The dinosaur names are followed by a parenthetical pronunciation guide. There is also a scale on each spread, which also shows what period and the approximate date for the dinosaur under discussion. While I have read quite a few books on the subject, I did learn about a few new creatures—the Smilosuchus, a relative of crocodiles, and the Torosaurus, which had the biggest and strongest head of any dinosaur. The illustrator provides vivid, action-packed illustrations of all of these dinosaurs and he does not spare the gore. There is plenty of introductory material here, and the book closes with a statement that birds may well be distant relatives of dinosaurs. Budding paleontologists will enjoy this picture book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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Meet the Author

“Bakker, more than any other scientist, is responsible for the ideas behind the novel and movie Jurassic Park.”–The New Yorker
Dr. Robert T. Bakker is one of the most-respected vertebrate paleontologists in the world. He is often credited with starting the “Dinosaur Renaissance.” He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Luis Rey’s Extreme Dinosaurs received a 2001 Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award. He lives in London, England.

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