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Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life [Hardcover]

David Lambert
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4 Oct 2001 Encyclopedia

  • The ultimate prehistorical reference book - a fascinating insight into how life evolved over a period of 400 million years
  • Researched, compiled and authenticated by experts
  • Details the very latest findings from the prehistoric world with striking photographs, artwork and models
  • Cutting-edge computer-generated reconstructions show a vast range of bizarre prehistoric creatures
  • Organised into four easy-to-use sections - Fish and Invertebrates, Amphibians and Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds, Mammals and Ancestors - illustrating how different groups of organisms are related to one another
  • A 100-page reference section explains how to find, study and date fossils; and gives a detailed timeline that shows which creatures evolved when

276 x 216mm Hardback

Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: DK ELT/Schools; 1 edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751309559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751309553
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The DK Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life is a big book packed with information for the general reader and hundreds of colour illustrations which cover the whole range of fossil life from microbes over 3-billion years old through the dinosaurs to the Dodo which became extinct in 1680. One of the new generations of fossil books, it uses computer-generated images to produce very lifelike colour reconstructions of long dead creatures. From the wonderful picture of a 400 million year old sea scorpion set against a real coral reef to an extinct elephant that died out around 2-million years ago set in savannah grasslands, many of the pictures look wonderfully convincing. Natural history illustration is never going to be quite the same again.

The bulk of the book illustrates the variety and evolution of fossil life from the extinct trilobites and a selection of other invertebrates through fish, amphibians, reptiles including the dinosaurs of the title and so on to humans. Following the traditional Dorling Kindersley format, the reconstructions of individual animals are supported by data, descriptions and other illustrations of the fossils that their constructions are actually based on. The accurate and informative text has been written by an award winning British science writer David Lambert, Darren Naish an expert on dinosaurs and Elizabeth Wyse, a writer and editor who has contributed to many DK titles. The hundred or so pages of the reference section include geological history and life, famous fossil sites, how to study fossils in the lab and field, biographies of famous fossil finders and a glossary and index. Some of this material, especially the fossil photos are reused from earlier DK books but they are of such high quality that one cannot complain too much about seeing them again. Altogether, the book is exceptional value for any fossil fan and one of the best of the plethora of fossil books.--Douglas Palmer

About the Author

David Lambert is the author of more than 12 books on dinosaurs. In 1994 he won the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Junior Science Books for DK's Ultimate Dinosaur Book * Darren Naish works within the Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Portsmouth * Elizabeth Wyze has contributed to many DK titles including Millennium Family Encyclopedia and Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia * Consultant, Mark Norell, is the co-curator at the Halls of Dinosaurs at the AMNH * Consultant, Jim Meng, is the assistant curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the AMNH

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! One of the best books I've seen. 17 Feb 2002
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If you are even vaguely interested in nature, prehistoric or otherwise, for gods sake buy this book for yourself and for others. This is an up to date, lavishly illustrated book for all ages and more than wets your appetite. Prehistoric theories are marching forward all the time in this age of discovery and there are many, now obsolete texts still doing the rounds.
From a student of Palaeobiology & Evolution.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book is the best Deinosaur book I ever read. Using state of the art computer generated images to show deinosaurs and other extinct creatures in all their glory. The information is very up to date;it even includes the likes of Giganotosaurus,carcharadontosaurus and the therinzinosaurs plus old favourites like t-rex and deinonychus! No deinosaur fan should be without this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy for xmas. 28 Dec 2012
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My Grandson looked through this book at the school library and loved it, he was unable to borrow it as it was held as a reference book. I suggested that he look for the ISBN number as there are just soooo many Dinosaur books around. What a surprise he had on Christmas morning !! I must agree with him, this book carries a lot more information than others. My Grandson particularly likes the size comparision between dinosaurs and man.
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