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National Geographic Dinosaurs
     

National Geographic Dinosaurs

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by Barrett, J. L. Sanz, Raoul Martin (Illustrator), Kevin Padian (Introduction)
 
Dinosaurs ruled the earth for 160 million years before their sudden and still mysterious extinction. In the 192 pages of National Geographic Dinosaurs, fact-filled text from dinosaur expert Paul Barrett helps answer questions such as What were dinosaurs really like? How big were they? What did they eat? and How did they interact with each other? More than 50 dinosaur

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Dinosaurs ruled the earth for 160 million years before their sudden and still mysterious extinction. In the 192 pages of National Geographic Dinosaurs, fact-filled text from dinosaur expert Paul Barrett helps answer questions such as What were dinosaurs really like? How big were they? What did they eat? and How did they interact with each other? More than 50 dinosaur profiles flesh out the details behind the fossil record. Range maps show where dinosaur evidence has been found all over the world. Size charts show how much larger -- or smaller -- dinosaurs were compared to humans. And lively descriptions of each dinosaur genus make the fascinating facts stick in your mind.

Stunning mural artwork by Raul Martin goes beyond the informative and speaks to the imagination. Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous scenes seem vividly real. Allosaurus chases his prey through luminously lit water. Pterosaurs swoop through purple-misted skies, and Iguanodons haunt the marshy forest. Reconstructing dinosaurs and their world is the work of painstaking research and excavation, informed imagination, and constant discovery. National Geographic brings it all together in its first full-length dinosaur reference. Open the pages and let the world of the dinosaurs come to life!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Paul Barrett's National Geographic Dinosaurs, illus. by Raul Mart!n, catalogues more than 50 of the "terrible lizards." A "time bar" running along the outside of the page indicates the period for each particular dinosaur; a "Fact File" provides the animal's genus, classification, weight and measurements; and a graph compares the dino's size to humans. Other sections focus on the Mesozoic through the Cretaceous period, paleontology and dinosaur behavior. Over 300 full-color photographs and 90 photorealistic illustrations add dimension. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-This overview includes nearly 200 pages of well-organized, attractively presented information. The opening chapters offer a chronology of the age of dinosaurs, a brief history of key discoveries, and lots of information about the creatures' habits and characteristics in general. The heart of the book is the 50 or so profiles of individual dinosaur genera, divided into the two major groups (bird-hipped and lizard-hipped). Each one includes size, location, and era, as well as basic information and intriguing facts. While not a comprehensive dictionary of species, the entries offer a wealth of information. The attractive layout makes this a good resource for both browsing and for more in-depth research. The uncluttered "profiles" feature one main illustration of the dinosaur, along with a few smaller captioned illustrations. A time line, fact file, and map for each species appears consistently on the edge of the page. Interspersed among the introductory chapters and profiles are over a dozen dramatic, full-page and two-page scenes, vividly capturing selected species in action. Several recent discoveries are mentioned, and current theories are clearly distinguished from accepted fact in such areas as classification, evolutionary factors, and behaviors. Though not quite as visually exciting as David Lambert's DK Guide to Dinosaurs (DK, 2000) or as comprehensive as Douglas Dixon's The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures (S & S, 2001), this title fills a need for reference materials for older students.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792282242
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.11(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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We recieved this book from my mother in law for my 5 year old son, and he carried it around with him for months. The illustrations are amazing, and the information is all wonderful. If you have a child (or adult) that loves dinosaurs, this would be a great gift!!