Aimed directly at confirmed young dino-fans, this pleasantly specific overview covers not only the dinosaurs' distinctive physical characteristics (the authors include modern birds in the group) but the work of paleontologists in both field and lab, the types and typical life cycles of what are carefully dubbed "non-avian" dinos within each "clade," the mass extinction of 65,000,000 years ago (properly noted as likely due to several causes, not just an asteroid impact) and how new discoveries have refined theories about wings and feathers. Extended onto several single and double gatefolds, the art mixes small color photos with soft-edged paint-and-pencil reconstructions of bones, individual live portraits and prehistoric herds in natural settings. New York's American Museum of Natural History gets several plugs in the main narrative and the closing, multimedia resource list (two of the authors are employees), but that won't limit the audience for this above-average series entry. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)
Inside Dinosaursby Andra Serlin Abramson, Carl Mehling, Jason Brougham, American Museum of Natural History
Through more than 75 meticulously hand-drawn illustrations, plus ten gorgeous gatefolds, experts from the world-famous American Museum of Natural History recreate the world of the dinosaurs as it was over 250 million years ago. Each gatefold presents a dinosaur-related subject, from the characteristics of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods to dinosaur classification using a cladogram. In addition, readers will accompany a paleontologist on an excavation and learn how they plan a dig!
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