Dinosaurs

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Take a journey through the prehistoric world and trace the evolution of the most astonishing creatures ever to have walked the earth. Over 170 superbly detailed computer-generated illustrations provide a stunning visual catalogue of dinosaurs, bringing the prehistoric world to life like never before. The expert text identifies each species – what they looked like, what they ate, how they lived and died. Packed with the latest research and discoveries, this spectacular title is as unique and impressive as the ...

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Overview

Take a journey through the prehistoric world and trace the evolution of the most astonishing creatures ever to have walked the earth. Over 170 superbly detailed computer-generated illustrations provide a stunning visual catalogue of dinosaurs, bringing the prehistoric world to life like never before. The expert text identifies each species – what they looked like, what they ate, how they lived and died. Packed with the latest research and discoveries, this spectacular title is as unique and impressive as the dinosaurs themselves.

 Chapter 1: The Evolution of Life and Origin of the DinosaursChapter 2: Dinosaurs of the TriassicChapter 3: Dinosaurs of the Early-Middle JurassicChapter 4: Dinosaurs of the Late JurassicChapter 5: Dinosaurs of the Early-Middle CretaceousChapter 6: Dinosaurs of the Late CretaceousChapter 7: The End of the Dinosaurs

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dinosaurs continue to fascinate young and old alike, and this sumptuously produced oversize book is bound to be a huge hit. Brusatte, a paleontology researcher at Columbia and the American Museum of Natural History, gives a tour of the dino realm, enlisting computer-aided imaging to depict these masters of all they surveyed in almost frightening four-color detail. Measuring 17”×14”, the book is large enough to convey actual size on a few, such as the Microraptor. Brusatte (Field Guide to Dinosaurs) breaks up his survey into geologic periods and uses family trees, or “cladograms,” to illustrate how various dinosaurs are connected. The author's explanation of how the continents broke apart helps readers understand why T. Rex fossils tend to be found in the American West, and why new species are being found in China. Brusatte gives for each species its scientific classification, a map showing where fossils have been found, basic statistics (length, weight, posture, etc.), and a diagram showing its size compared to humans. The individual essays reflect the current state of knowledge about each species. These “terrifying lizards,” reproduced in all their majesty, will captivate all comers. (June)
Library Journal
Roughly 17" × 14" and weighing 8.2 pounds, this is likely the heftiest book on dinosaurs yet. What set it far above others are the incredible color computer-generated images (CGI) that depict some 100 species according to the latest information available; one of the smallest, the microraptor, is presented life-size in a two-page spread. Profiles include the name of each species along with pronunciation, a short description including size and weight, small map showing its fossil locations, classification list, and size comparison illustration with an adult man. Covering 160 million years of dinosaur evolution—from their origins in the late Triassic period to their extinction in the late Cretaceous—Brusatte, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History who discovered a new species of carnivore in 2007, and Benton (The Penguin Historical Atlas of Dinosaurs) describe where these creatures lived, what they looked like, what they ate, and how they died. One of the most fascinating sections discusses the recently discovered feathered dinosaurs of China. VERDICT Aside from the problem of where to house it, this fabulous coffee-table book, with its unique presentation and images, will appeal to dinosaur buffs young and old.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll. Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847244178
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 626,978
  • Product dimensions: 14.30 (w) x 17.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Brusatte has a degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. He is currently a researcher of vertebrate palaeobiology at the University of Bristol focusing on the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs and mega predators. In 2007, Steve identified a brand new species of carnivorous dinosaur: Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis is one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs ever to have lived.

 Michael Benton is Head of Earth Sciences at Bristol University and Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology. His many books include Walking with Dinosaurs and The Penguin Historical Atlas of Dinosaurs. He also acted as consultant on the Walking with Dinosaurs series for the BBC. Pixel Shack are the award-winning creators of digital content for television, computer games and books, including the 3D images used in the books of the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    If you weren't already a dinosaur fan, after reading this book, you will be!

    Steve Brusatte brilliantly explains the history of dinosaurs in a way that really holds the reader's attention, and the illustrations that compliment his writing are awesome. This book is a great buy and great gift for all ages!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Must for dinosaur fans

    An absolutely beautiful, huge, coffee table type volume. I ordered this for my dinosaur mad 8 year old niece as a Christmas gift but once it arrived I couldn't wait until Christmas to give it to her. She is ecstatic with it and spends lots of time studying it.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Love it! Big book and Really Good Photos!!!

    My 6 year old son is into "Dinosaur Train" every time they mention a dino he look it up on this book. I like the size of the book (big), you can get a bigger picture and details of the dinos and a couple of them the actual size and I Love Love the artwork and photos. We bought it just for fun and my 6 year old is actually learning from this book. We just love it!!!

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