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Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth [Hardcover]

David Burnie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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5 Oct 2009

Experience a story 3.8 billion years in the making, with this unparalleled visual guide to prehistoric life

Unprecedented visual detail, comprehensive entries on hundreds of species and the latest research provides the whole picture of the creatures and plants that represent Earth's prehistoric life.

Journey through the millennia and explore the rise and fall of successive organisms, devastating extinctions and the knife-edge progress of evolution. Fantastic photographs and images present each species in exceptional clarity, including 3D CT scans that transform inert fossils into species that almost live and breath on the page.

Discover a huge catalogue, profiling a vast and diverse array of plants, fungi, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals and discover how they have evolved through time.

From giant dinosaurs to lesser-known species that faced a similar, cataclysmic demise, this is a fascinating and essential reference on prehistoric life for the whole family.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); 1 edition (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756655730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756655730
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 26.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,998,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to Prehistoric Life 25 Mar 2010
Brilliant book for everyone interested in the subject. Note this book goes under a variety of titles for some reason. I particularly like the use of the human body for comparison with the illustrations to show scale. The computer generated artwork is terrific. This is probably one of the best books to show all prehistoric life and not just the dinosaurs, particularly giant snakes, crocs and sharks. Recommended for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference 14 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wanted a book with pictures and basic facts and a book that could inspire a child.
This book goes beyond that with great descriptions,good layouts and great images.

I bought it for my 5 year old - and it was perfect for him to dip into.
He is now considering a career in paleontology, replacing David Attenborough and working on the next revision of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great images, poor text 18 July 2013
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I've given 4 stars purely for the images which give a wonderful impression of the many life forms that have existed and make a good reference work. I'm disappointed in the text though. It deals purely in small sound bites and is lacking in any detail. If you want to learn about the subject you will need another book to accompany this one. If you treat the text largely as extended captions, it's a very useful and fascinating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prehistoric Life 15 Jan 2014
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This masterfully illustrated book and scholarly commentary carry the readers imagination through all the epochs of prehistoric life in a handy sized volume with a detailed index.A very absorbing and enjoyable experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 25 Jun 2013
By D. Hull
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Everything you ever wanted to know is in this book.
Very educational, well illustrated and great value for money.
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This magnificent book charts life through from the birth of the planet to the present day. Introductory sections briefly cover scientific investigations and dating rocks, earth's origins and it's early history, plate tectonics, climate and the evolution of life. These are followed by sections on the classification of fossils, extinctions and other essentials before launching into wonderful sections on life through the immense periods of time that allowed it to evolve giving rise into so many forms including of course those favourites, the Dinosaurs. It gives 'pictures' of ancient ecosystems and the many life forms that are part of them. Wonderfully illustrated throughout it is accessible to all age groups although for the younger ones an adult is needed both to hold the book and focus at first on things of interest.
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