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Come jaw-to-jaw with an amazing array of awe-inspiring prehistoric reptiles and other incredible creatures in this dramatic trek back in time to the dawn of life on our planet and the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular, full-color illustrations, photographs, and realistic dinosaur reconstructions based on the latest scientific discoveries bring each creature to life. The text combines hard facts about dinosaurs with interesting and intriguing details about their lifestyle and behavior. Species spreads detail the members of specific dinosaur families, giving information about their habitats and behavior, sizes, and the locations of fossil finds, while special subject spreads focus on various aspects of dinosaur life. Packed with dramatic photographs and illustrations, this colorful volume is an indispensable reference for young dinosaur enthusiasts and a captivating resource for the whole family. Special Features: Comprehensive, chronological encyclopedia of dinosaurs through the ages. Timelines give a visual guide to prehistoric periods. Up-to-the-minute research focuses on the latest finds. Includes glossary and general index.

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The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Burnie is comprehensive in scope. Full-color photographs and dramatic drawings illustrate the dense but clearly laid out text while a timeline running across the top of each page plants readers firmly along the continuum. A glossary and index are included along with a list of Web sites for further learning. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Dinosaurs have historically captured the imagination of many people in a unique way. Those massive and sometimes bizarre behemoths that strode across the landscape of the distant past are so unusual in their natures that modern readers continue to clamber for more information about them. Here, in David Burnie's Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, these ancient creatures and their fossil remains are brought to life via a wonderfully informative text and striking illustrations. Arranged chronologically, with special features on the presumed habits of these long gone creatures, this comprehensive book will fascinate readers with an interest in these extinct reptiles. One of the strongest features of this information-packed work lies in the many illustrations sprinkled across virtually every page. Artist John Sibbick does a splendid job of interpreting and recreating the habitat and habits of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. This combination of a fact-filled story line and realistic imagery provides readers with a virtual treasure trove of knowledge about creatures that once dominated the world. This is an outstanding reference book and one that youngsters with a bent for the ancient "Terrible Lizards" will want to possess. 2002, Kingfisher, Romaneck
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Gr 5-10-A chronology of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings in a primordial sea to a brief look at the Tertiary and Quaternary (including a quick flick into human evolution). Divided into broad subjects ("The Age of Ancient Life," "Armored Dinosaurs," etc.), which are again subdivided ("The Burgess Shale," "Triassic animals," etc.), the book focuses on dinosaurs, but provides a broad spectrum of other life-forms and the evolutionary landscapes in which they lived. With a longer and more cohesive text than David Lambert's Dinosaur Encyclopedia (DK, 2001), this volume demands a more concentrated effort to read. However, Burnie's style is quite approachable and should prove no problem to determined dinophiles. A time line across the tops of relevant pages allows easy placement in time of referenced animals. The numerous illustrations are colorful and inviting; color photos are used where possible. Diagrams include such disparate subjects as a stegosaurian nervous system and a cladogram of advanced therapods (the sole mention of cladistics in the book, other than the glossary). Theories on dinosaur endothermia, the cause of mass extinctions, and the course of bird evolution are included. Though a list of Web sites is given, no further readings are suggested, and no bibliographic/source notes are provided. More demanding and more up-to-date than Dougal Dixon's The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (1988), this new fodder for budding paleontologists will be met with pleased approbation.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753452875
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Kingfisher Encyclopedias Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.97 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles for

Kingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Life in the distant past 9
The beginning of life 10
Earth's first animals 12
How animals evolve 14
Evidence from the past 16
How fossils form 18
Studying fossils 20
Continents on the move 22
Setbacks and disasters 24
Dividing up time 26
The Age of Ancient Life 27
The Cambrian Period 28
Cambrian animals 30
The Burgess Shale 32
The Ordovician Period 36
Ordovician animals 38
The Silurian Period 40
Silurian animals 42
The Devonian Period 44
Devonian animals 46
The Carboniferous Period 48
Carboniferous animals 50
The Permian Period 52
Permian animals 54
End of an era 56
The Age of Reptiles 57
The Triassic Period 58
Triassic animals 60
Early dinosaurs 64
The Jurassic Period 66
The Cretaceous Period 68
Dinosaur groups 70
Plant-eating giants 71
Cetiosaurs 74
Brachiosaurs and Camarasaurs 76
Feeding on plants 78
Diplodocids 80
A question of size 84
Fossil hunting in South America 86
Titanosaurs 88
Ornithopods 91
Life in a group 94
Hypsilophodonts 96
Fabrosaurs and Heterodontosaurs 98
Iguanodonts 100
Colors and camouflage 102
Hadrosaurs 104
Fossil hunting in Asia 108
Sounds 112
The Meat eaters 113
Ceratosaurs 116
Moving on two legs 118
Studying dinosaur tracks 120
Bird mimics 122
Dromaeosaurs 124
Troodonts 126
Dinosaur brains 128
Eggs and parental care 130
The origin of birds 132
Early birds 134
Giant Meat eaters 135
Carnosaurs 138
Megalosaurs and Segnosaurs 140
Allosaurs 142
Tyrannosaurs 144
Fossil hunting in North America 146
Were dinosaurs warm-blooded? 148
Armored dinosaurs 151
Dinosaur defenses 152
Ceratopsids 154
Stegosaurs 158
Fossil hunting in Africa 160
Weapons and ornaments 162
Nodosaurs and Ankylosaurs 164
Dome-headed dinosaurs 166
Dinosaur droppings 168
Reptiles in the Air 169
Wings of skin 170
Long-tailed pterosaurs 172
Pterodactyls 175
How pterosaurs fed 180
How pterosaurs bred 182
Reptiles in the Sea 183
Adapting to life in water 184
Nothosaurs 186
Plesiosaurs 188
Pliosaurs 190
Ichthyosaurs 192
Swimming styles 194
Fossil hunting in Europe 198
Mosasaurs 200
Shelled reptiles 202
The Age of Mammals 203
The end of the dinosaurs 204
Early Tertiary 206
Late Tertiary 208
Quaternary 210
Human evolution 214
Glossary 217
Index and websites 219
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