The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs

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Firefly Books Ltd

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

"A well-illustrated large-format book... A good book for a young person who is curious about dinosaurs." -- Choice

No other life-form captures the imagination and attention like dinosaurs. Organized by the major dinosaur families, Dinosaurus identifies 500 species creature by creature, from the voracious flesh-eaters to the egg-stealers to the vegetarians, detailing what they looked like, what they ate and how they fought, lived and died.

All this information is dramatically presented and exciting to read, with features such as:

  • At-a-glance fact files
  • Concise explanations of known traits and habits of each dinosaur species
  • Vivid full-color illustrations
  • Latin name, translation and pronunciation
  • Adult length and weight
  • Height specifics and comparison to humans
  • Diet and habitat
  • Global distribution.

Dinosaurus also challenges and discredits some long-popular myths and legends. For example, this guide shows that:

  • The dinosaur known as brontosaurus never existed
  • Tyrannosaurus was not the biggest meat-eater of all time
  • Flying dinosaurs were not simply feeble gliders
  • Sea dinosaurs could not out-swim today's fastest fish.

Brimming with the research from digs in North America, Mongolia, Europe, China and elsewhere, Dinosaurus is comprehensive, innovative and as compelling and exciting as the dinosaurs themselves.

Book News
This reprint of a 2003 text, originally published by Quintet Publishing Ltd., provides amateur and professional dinosaur enthusiasts with profiles of 500 species organized into sections covering the life forms that preceded the dinosaurs, the first dinosaurs, small meat-eaters, great predators, ostrich dinosaurs, the giants, bird-foot dinosaurs, the duckbills, boneheads, armored dinosaurs, plated dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs, other creatures of the dinosaur age, and the birds and mammals that came after the dinosaurs. All entries describe the species' appearance and diet, how they lived and fought, and where they lived and died. Illustrated with full-color diagrams and photographs, the text incorporates all the latest information and discoveries (through 2003), and descriptions of the earliest fossils. No new material has been added to the reprint. Parker (Natural History Museum, London) is the author of 100-plus other books on dinosaurs and other natural history topics. Oversize: 9x11.25". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009, c2003
ISBN: 9781554074754
Characteristics: 448 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm


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May 14, 2017

A good basic reference, but could have been formatted slightly better.

May 01, 2012

OK.The Encyclopedia itself , fantastic, but images could be much better.


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May 01, 2012

Shows the extreme science of prehistoric life, the ultimate prehistoric encyclopedia.

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