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Dinosaurs of the British Isles Paperback – 30 Jun 2014


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Siri Scientific Press (30 Jun 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0957453051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957453050
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Eric J. Charge on 23 July 2014
I have been looking for a decent book on dinosaurs for a very long time. Most publications seem to be assembled with children in mind, which is off-putting if you are an adult with an interest in ancient life forms. Dinosaurs Of The British Isles is just amazing. Printed on high quality glossy paper, with tons of colourful illustrations (honestly, a page without a picture is a rarity) including photos of fossils from museum collections that are usually hidden from view, this is the perfect book for dipping in and out of, or for reading straight through. It looks at every dinosaur found in Britain and the book almost reminds me of an over-sized Observer's Book Of Dinosaurs. The life reconstructions of the dinosaurs are awe-inspiring. The charts, graphs and maps in the introductory chapters are so good that I wish I could have them hanging on the wall.
The text is fascinating, if you can cope with all the Latin names (even a poorly educated person like me managed it) then you will find it easy to understand. What makes this book really important is that it includes many recent discoveries.
This truly is a wonderful, brightly illustrated, and meaty tome. Five stars!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BMD on 20 July 2014
Dean Lomax has obviously put a lot of time and effort, compiling photos and facts on British Dinosaurs, and it shows in the quality of this book. The book goes into the history of British Dinosaur discoveries and then walks through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous finds from across the UK. There are some excellent photos and there is a lot of stuff featured that I haven't seen before. I have given it 5 stars as I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time. A couple of minor criticisms; I would have liked this book in hardback as it deserves pride of place on a coffee table and I am also aware of some specimens both in museums and private collections.that have not been included. Even with those minor points, the book still deserves 5 stars and I can't wait for the second edition. Thanks Dean for such a good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JRL on 29 Oct 2014
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This is a vitally important book for any UK dino enthusiast. Lomax provides a chronological catalogue of all (it feels comprehensive) UK dinosaurs, discussing fossil and trace specimens, sumptuously illustrated with full colour photographs of much of the material. He provides enough background information on bone morphology so the reader can appreciate what s/he is looking at, without chucking a degree course at you. Ecology/behaviour is touched upon in passing, but it becomes abundantly clear that most UK dinosaurs are poorly preserved (or worse), so presumably Lomax doesn't feel like sticking his neck out! This is one of the most important aspects of the book, making the reader aware of how patchy dinosaur finds are, which makes the good quality finds even more amazing. The text does become a little repetitive at times, and this isn't for the general reader looking for a broad overview of dinosaurs in the round. It is a marvellous reference work to complement others, and really puts UK dinosaurs on the map. Money very well spent.
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