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National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals [Hardcover]

Alan Turner , Mauricio Anton
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Oct 2004 National Geographic
Written by one of the world's foremost paleontologists, Prehistoric Mammals gives children a rare glimpse at a world gone by in a stunningly illustrated, incredibly comprehensive reference book.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792271343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792271345
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The book, as is the case with others by Alan Turner, is elegantly written and quite thorough for the species examined (the chronological information and scale drawings are of particular value). Of course it makes an easier and simpler reading than, say, "The Big Cats and their Fossil Relatives", but after all it is addressed to a wider audience.
Nevertheless, even at this level of "simplified" paleontology, the information about prehistoric mammals' classifications (orders, families, etc.) is scanty (just a confused diagram) and not very well placed in the chronological context. A more detailed classification chart would be of great help to people, completely new to the subject, so they can better understand and remember, where exactly each examined species falls in the general design of things.
To be stingy about Mauricio Anton's handiwork would be gross ingratitude. The man is a real artist and very serious and talented at what he is doing. But it is obvious that all artwork is not of the same high standards. The individual species' drawings in particular obviously suffer in comparison with the magnificent work of the two-page spreads. Anyway the big cats are as beautiful as ever.
Overall a good book as a starting point but certainly not the best I have read on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never seen better 7 Sep 2008
I bought this book expecting a good book with a few prehistoric animals such as the obvious mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers etc.
What I got was an absolutely fantastic book, with stunningly detailed images with very accurate descriptions and many species.
It is definitely worth buying for the RRP price, let alone the prices on here!
I'd recommend this book to anyone, for those who know very little on the subject and even for experts.
Overall it is the most informative book I have read in a long time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on this subject 14 Aug 2006
By diderot
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For those who want a book on prehistoric mammals of the same quality and detail as the many available on the dinosaurs, this book is for you. mauricio anton is simply the best illustrator in the field, particularly good at prehistoric cats, and the book is organised in a very efficient way with sections on all the major classes of extinct mammals.

Possibly the most valuable general interest book on prehistoric life since 'life before man', as it covers an area often underrepresented in general surveys, and the illustrations are by the best artist in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking but brief 11 Oct 2012
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This is a beautifully illustrated book but the text is little more than an introduction for a young readership to these great creatures.In all it only took me 4-5 hours of slow reading to go from cover to cover.Sadly if the aim of the authors was to galvanize a young audience to further reading the absence of any bibliography thwarts even that.We really do need an updated Savage & Long for
the older reader demanding more.However books on the last 65 million years are rare so its a welcome addition none the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug 2014
By John
for juniors only.
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