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Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs

by Steve Parker
     
 

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"Magnificent in its breadth and illustration."
-- Booklist

Dinosaurus was published in 2003 and went on to sell 15,000 in hardcover and more in paperback. Now 13 years have passed during which there have been dozens of discoveries. At the same price and fully revised, this edition of Dinosaurus is simply too exceptional a value to

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"Magnificent in its breadth and illustration."
-- Booklist

Dinosaurus was published in 2003 and went on to sell 15,000 in hardcover and more in paperback. Now 13 years have passed during which there have been dozens of discoveries. At the same price and fully revised, this edition of Dinosaurus is simply too exceptional a value to pass up.

Many incredible discoveries made 2015 a banner year. For example:

  • Yi qi ("ee chee", "strange wing"), the earliest known flying non-avian dinosaur
  • The "Chicken from Hell," a bird-like beaked, clawed and feathered dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas
  • Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of Velociraptor, suggests that this family has been inaccurately depicted. The new 5-foot-long dino more resembles a feathered poodle than the brute of Jurassic Park.
  • "Superduck," at 5 tons and with a mate-attracting head crest it is thought to be a missing link between two other known duck-billed head-crested dinosaur species.

Perhaps most exciting is that in 2016 the American Museum of Natural History opened a new exhibition featuring the astonishing, newly discovered 122-foot-long titanosaur, yet to be named. The plant-eating colossus is the largest dinosaur ever found -- it weighed around 77 tons--as much as 14 or 15 African elephants!

No other life-form captures the imagination like dinosaurs. Organized by the major dinosaur families, Dinosaurus identifies 500 species. It describes in detail and stunning illustrations what they looked like, what they ate and how they fought, lived and died.

The features include:

  • Concise explanations of species' traits and habits
  • Vivid full-color illustrations representing life among the dinosaurs
  • Stunning color photographs of dinosaur discoveries
  • Latin name, translation and pronunciation
  • Height specifics and comparison to humans
  • Diet and habitat
  • Global distribution.

Brimming with research from digs in North America, Mongolia, Europe, China and elsewhere, Dinosaurus is an encyclopedic and vividly illustrated reference for all ages.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Weighing in with a hefty number of pages, this single volume is promoted as a complete guide, and perhaps it is just that. Providing more in-depth information than average dinosaur texts, this work is intended for advanced secondary students. The arrangement of chapters such as "Great Predators," "Boneheads," and "Horned Dinosaurs" makes locating specific dinosaurs a hit-or-miss adventure without using the table of contents or index. Once a certain species is located, abundant information is available, including a half page of text, a picture, and a "Dino Factfile" listing the dinosaur's name, the meaning of the name, pronunciation, the animal's diet, and its estimated length and weight. What separates this book from other dinosaur guides are sections that dispel dinosaur myths, explain the question of mass extinction, and outline the evolutionary process, including human development. The easy-to-use time line alleviates students' frustration of trying to organize pre-recorded history. Young adult librarians are sure to welcome any additional source on evolution, a challenging report topic. Living up to its billing, this book also has maps indicating where fossils have been located (identified by color according to the discovery), a list of museums that display dinosaurs (with contact information, including Web sites), and a commentary about rebuilding dinosaur skeletons. The high price tag might cause school librarians to pass on this outstanding work, but it is a must-have source for libraries where dinosaur study is an annual research unit. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Firefly, 448p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Source Notes. Chronology. Appendix., Ages 11 to Adult.
—Rollie Welch
Children's Literature
This book is subtitled "the complete guide to dinosaurs" which humbly says it all. Identifying 500 species of dinosaurs, this great big book will educate, fascinate and inspire its readers. The introduction could stand alone as a small book; it discusses evolution, fossils, the finding, dating, recovering and rebuilding of the fossils. Being provided with a solid base from which to appreciate the facts is essential. Commonly held myths and legends are clarified. For example, Tyrannosaurus was never the world's largest consumer of meat—today's sperm whale is much bigger and the prehistoric sea creature Liopleurodon was also a contender! While Tyrannosaurus held the record as largest known land based meat eater for about 90 years, the discovery of the skeleton of an even greater predator called Giganotosaurus in Argentina in 1994 disproved this theory. Fifteen chapters then follow, organized by major dinosaur families (such as the boneheads, bird-foot dinosaurs, the giants). Two really outstanding aspects of the book include the illustrations and pictures and a "factfile" for each dinosaur. The illustrations are superb, from the colors to the setting to the placement on the page. The "factfiles" give the Latin name of the dinosaur, its meaning and pronunciation, when it lived, its size (height and weight) what it ate and where its fossils have been discovered. Maps of our present day world with how the world was situated superimposed upon it according to the era in which that particular dinosaur lived are useful. Accompanying text offers rich details in an easily readable manner. Younger children will view this as a picture book while older ones will revel in the text based material.Highly recommended. The author has worked at the Natural History Museum in London for many years and is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society. He has written more than 100 books for children, including Dinosaur! and the Practical Paleontologist. 2003, Firefly Books, Ages 10 up.
— Cindy L. Carolan
Library Journal
Why buy yet another book about dinosaurs? In this case, for the pictures. The dinosaurs in this encyclopedia are remarkably lifelike creatures. Their elephantine skin seems to stretch over real muscles as they strut like birds or charge like rhinoceroses. Some have whiplike tails, knifelike claws, feathers, or weird horns sprouting from all parts of their bodies. They are fancifully painted in colors ranging from rattlesnake earth tones to vivid gila monster hues. The full-color computer-generated illustrations are by various artists identified in picture credits, and the accessible, nontechnical text is by Parker, author of over 100 books for young people and amateur scientists, including The Practical Paleontologist and The Encyclopedia of Sharks. Most of the book consists of a directory covering some 500 dinosaurs arranged by major families. Each entry includes an ingenious "factfile" diagram that shows how big the particular animal was compared with a human, where the drifting continents were when it was alive, and where its fossil remains were found. With neither a bibliography nor a list of references, this encyclopedia is far less scholarly than a work like The Complete Dinosaur, edited by James Farlow and M.K. Brett-Surman. It is thus appropriate for children and adults who are curious about dinosaurs but not that curious. Recommended for public libraries. [A Discovery Book Club selection.]-Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
St Paul Pioneer Press - Mary Ann Grossmann
[Review of previous edition:] If you're serious about dinos, this is the book for you... the paintings of the creatures in motion are riveting (and sometimes a little scary).
Seattle Times - Mary Ann Gwinn
[Review of previous edition:] Attractive drawings, well-designed graphic snapshots and accessible language.
Winnipeg Free Press - Tom Oleson
[Review of previous edition:] The subtitle -- The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs -- is no lie... Information and illustrations and reconstructions of everything.
Louisville Courier-Journal - Keith Runyon
[Review of previous edition:] Comprehensive, well-organized and cleverly illustrated... lively account of the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Princeton Times of Trenton
[Review of previous edition:] Nice little factoids make this a winner... A great timeline from 540 million years ago to the present is fun.
Edmonton Journal - Marc Horton
Lavishly illustrated, this hefty book proves again why dinosaurs are so enduringly fascinating to so many.
Sacramento Bee - Bruce Dancis
[Review of previous edition:] Informative and fun.
Canadian Press - Kim Covert
[Review of previous edition:] Not only lists and illustrates 700 known dinosaur species, but also puts dinosaurs into context.
Science News
[Review of previous edition:] Large, vivid illustrations grace every page and accompany data indicating how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, how big they were, where they roamed, and when they lived.
Resource Links - Brenda Dillon
If you're interested in dinosaurs, you'll love Dinosaurus!
CM Magazine - Gail Hamilton
[Review of previous edition:] Comprehensive in scope... Filled with abundance of information... An attractive and consistent layout contributes to the book's appeal as does the plethora of fabulous illustrations... An excellent reference book.
Globe and Mail
[Review of previous edition:] Lavishly illustrated overview of the most interesting of these creatures... the latest scientific theories.
Science and Children - Jacqueline Pfeiffer
[Review of previous edition:] Written by an expert who can't help but convey his enthusiasm... an excellent resource... I would highly recommend this book, especially as a library resource.
E-Streams - Linda R. Zellmer
Liberally illustrated and much more comprehensive than other recent dinosaur books.
Booklist / RBB
Magnificent in its breadth and illustration. Arrangement is by group, and 500 dinosaurs are described.
Choice - P.K. Strother
A well-illustrated, large-format book... a good book for a young person who is curious about dinosaurs.
Booklist - RBB
[Review of previous edition:] Magnificent in its breadth and illustration. Arrangement is by group, and 500 dinosaurs are described.
Edmonton Journal - March Horton
[Review of previous edition:] Lavishly illustrated, this hefty book proves again why dinosaurs are so enduringly fascinating to so many.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554074754
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
555,457
Product dimensions:
11.88(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Parker is a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Sharks.

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