This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. It presents thorough descriptions of more than 735 dinosaur species and features more than 600 color and black-and-white images, including unique skeletal drawings, "life" studies, and scenic views--illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, from small, feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.
Heavily illustrated species accounts of the major dinosaur groups are preceded by an extensive introduction that covers dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, the origin of birds, and the history of dinosaur paleontology--and that also gives a taste of what it might be like to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs.
The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist.
The first authoritative field guide to dinosaurs
Covers more than 735 species
Beautiful, large-format volume
Lavishly illustrated throughout, with more than 600 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, including:
More than 130 color life studies, including scenic views
Close to 450 skeletal, skull, head, and muscle drawings
8 color paleo-distribution maps
Describes anatomy, physiology, locomotion, reproduction, and growth of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs
Preface 6 Acknowledgments 6 Introduction History of Discovery and Research 9 What Is a Dinosaur? 13 Dating Dinosaurs 14 The Evolution of Dinosaurs and Their World 15 Extinction 23 After the Age of Dinosaurs 24 Biology 24 General Anatomy 24 Skin, Feathers, and Color 32 Respiration and Circulation 33 Digestive Tracts 35 Senses 36 Vocalization 37 Disease and Pathologies 37 Behavior 38 Brains, Nerves, and Intelligence 38 Social Activities 38 Reproduction 39 Growth 44 Energetics 46 Gigantism 48 Mesozoic Oxygen 51 The Evolution--and Loss--of Avian Flight 52 Dinosaur Safari 53 If Dinosaurs Survived 54 Dinosaur Conservation 54 Where Dinosaurs Are Found 55 Using the Group and Species Descriptions 61 Group and Species Accounts Dinosaurs 67 Theropods 67 Sauropodomorphs 162 Ornithischians 214 Additional Reading 316 Index: Dinosaur Taxa 317 Formations 319
I have been looking forward to this book for years. Gregory Paul has set the standard for how prehistoric animals are reconstructed in scientific illustrations. As with all his work, the illustrations in this book are made with a near-fanatical quest for accuracy. This will be a popular and much-used reference for a wide audience of dinosaur enthusiasts. James I. Kirkland, state paleontologist, Utah Geological Survey
The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
A great reference book; each species includes the length, weight, fossil remains, a few remarks on anatomy, geologic age, where the fossils have been found, habitat type, and usually some notes. Each page has one or two illustrations of the more important species - both a color drawing and a skeleton, all in the same pose. There are a few full-page illustrations, nothing remarkable and with an unusual art style, but they work. Pages 9 to 65 are mostly text and cover pretty much everything about dinosaurs, each subject is from a couple paragraphs to a couple pages long, and they don't dwell too much on fossil formation or the Bone Wars. I give it 5 stars because I can't really think of any way for this book to be better.
More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone who loves dinosaurs. Where there's enough information to create one, there is a silhouette with the known bones of a dinosaur as well as frequent full (imagined) color illustrations of the dinosaurs themselves. Sprinkled throughout are illustrations of the dinosaurs in their world. It really is amazing to see how many dinosaurs there are that aren't in the spotlight and to learn where they are found. There is just a ton of information in this book.
The only thing it lacks is pronunciation. A lot of dinosaurs have names that can be difficult to attempt to sound out and a pronunciation guide for each name would have made this the perfect dinosaur book.
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