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The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs Hardcover – Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312262264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312262266
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 3.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,408,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory S. Paul is one of America's leading dinosaur paleontologist and also a gifted paleo-artist, renowned for his anatomical accuracy. He has served as a consultant on "Jurassic Park" and the Disney film "Dinosaurs." His scientific papers have been printed in numerous magazines and journals, and he is the author of several books, including" Beyond Humanity" and "Dinosaurs of the Air." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Something of a disappointment. The cover's deceptive - there are only 16 pages of colour plates - but that isn't my major gripe. The book consists of almost 30 dinosaur related essays, many (but not all) from past issues of SA - some excellent and bang up to date, others up to 25 years old.
Section 6, Dinosaur Bioenergetics, illustrates the problem nicely: the section includes a couple of very good, up to the minute reviews of dinosaur growth and thermodynamics (possibly commissioned specially for the book?), but also an essay by Bob Bakker from 1975. Bakker's essay is at the end of the section and no original publication dates are included with the essays - you have to look in the small print at the front of the book to work out which ones are recent. Obvious potential for confusion. There are no bibliographies for each essay, but there is a section for suggested further reading at the end of the book.
That said, I have great admiration for Greg Paul (without whom the palaentological world would be a good deal poorer) and there is some good stuff in here; Greg's essay on restoring life appearances is a must-read.
The paperback edition of `The Complete Dinosaur' makes this book (albeit a hardback)look rather poor value by comparison, but some essays here update some from that (wholly excellent and recommended) book. If you're a serious dino buff you'll want to read at least some of the contents of the Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs; whether you buy it yourself or persuade your local library to invest in it will depend on your budget. Or maybe wait for the paperback?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Varley on 23 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Dont be put off by other "reviews" this is by far one of the best paleontology books i have and is facinating stuff!. The book itself is crammed full of artwork by some of the best artists in the field a must have for any paleontology collection
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By Hannah on 1 July 2013
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I was pleased with this product as it was exactly what it said it would be. I don't have any complaints
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Splendid Overview Of Dinosaur Paleobiology 19 Sept. 2003
By John Kwok - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The Scientific American book of Dinosaurs" edited by distinguished artist and vertebrate paleontologist Gregory S. Paul is a splendid summary of the current state of knowledge of dinosaurian paleobiology. Although there are a couple of classic articles included in this volume, most notably Robert Bakker's "Dinosaur Renaissance", published in Scientific American in the mid 1970's - which sets the tone of much of the book's contents - most of the text is comprised of recent Scientific American articles or new essays commissioned for this volume. The first two chapters are an overview of the history of dinosaur paleontology and the history of reconstructing dinosaurs from both an artistic and scientific perspective. Chapter Three contains several articles on dinosaur systematics, emphasizing the relationships between living dinosaurs (birds) and their nearest cousins, small predatory theropods such as Velociraptor and Deinonychus, and their larger cousins, the tyrannosaurids, most notably Albertosaurus, and of course, Tyrannosaurus. It closes with an elegant essay on the origin of birds and their flight by distinguished paleobiologists Kevin Padian and Luis Chiappe. Chapter Four is an overview of the physical geography and climate of the middle and late Mesozoic Era, when dinosaurs were the dominant creatures on land. Chapter Five delves into intriguing reconstructions of dinosaur behavior, from locomotion, and food gathering to nesting and the rearing of young. Chapter Six contains several essays on dinosaur bioenergetics, exploring issues such as how rapidly they grew and whether they were - or were not warm blooded creatures. Chapter Seven is devoted to the demise of non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Mesozoic, focusing on extraterrestrial impacts as the likely "smoking gun" for their extinction. Finally, in Chapter Eight, Gregory Paul offers some interesting speculations on the future of dinosaur paleobiology. This is absolutely a must read for anyone fascinated with dinosaurs, replete with many first-rate drawings and color plates of dinosaurs and their world.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs 4 Nov. 2002
By Khemprof - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs edited by Gregory S. Paul is a book that combined with the essays that preceed its chapters bring the most current knowledge about dinosaurs to light.
The essays contained within this book are written by some of the foremost thinkers of today about dinosaur life long, long ago. This book attempts to answers some of the most commonly asked questions about dinosaurs; where did they live, how did they evolve, which dinosaur families lived where and when, how did they look, act live, were dinosaurs warm-blooded, did they have feathers, did some of them fly, are birds of today the living descendants of dinosaurs, how are dinosaurs named?
These are just a few of the questions that are answered by some of the best minds now working on these questions from the knowledge of the fossil remains found. You have to remember that the knowledge that is found here has been debated for years and may not be all conclusive, but the best quess is given from some of the most sensational finds.
We are given a remarkable tour of the 140-million-year reign of the dinosaur, a tour that covers some of the most exotic animals that ever walked the earth. This book is written for adults and is not a childrens book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not What You Think 8 Aug. 2001
By dondemutis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Paul's earlier work, Predatory Dinos of the World, I bought this book hoping it would follow a similar format and to some extent, update the previous book. I realize that Paul didn't write this book, but one can always hope for the best. I expected a book that listed all of the known species and gave some info on each. Take note, if this is the type of book your looking for, keep looking. However, this is a good book, with lots of new and informative info., and well worth having if you are interested in dinosaurs. The drawings, many of them by Paul, are first class and represent the state of the art. The color pictures are also good and represent a nice mix of new and old. Especially good is the chapter on feathered dinosaurs and the one on dinosaur thermoregulation. I've found myself reading some chapters many times over. Not perfect, but a very good read that adults will find geared towards them without having to have a masters degree to understand.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of dinosaur paleontology 11 July 2001
By Daniel Phelps - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Almost considered using this as a textbook in an undergraduate dinosaur class; it is perhaps a little to difficult for those not already highly interested in dinosaurs. Book consists of reprintings of Scientific American articles with lots of new material and entire chapters by various experts in dinosaur paleontology. Great artwork is also another plus for the book. Editor Gregory Paul did a wonderful job of compliling these articles with major contributions of ideas and artwork by himself.
Some of Pauls ideas about dinosaurs are speculative and a little quirky, but are well-presented. Some odd, non-paleontological, speculations at the end of the book by Paul are sort of out of place.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best dinosaur book I own, hands down. 9 April 2007
By Joshua C. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read Scientific American fairly regularly, and so thought this might be a good book to try. After only a few chapters I was highly impressed. Most books I've bought on the subject are really just lists of dinosaurs with a few blurbs and factoids set against some pretty art, while others are heavy on the mechanics of paleontology and talk about things like the strata of rock you find fossils is (which while important info, can be rather boring.) This book has a high level of detail, while not getting boring. For example, I had only a vaugue idea of what cladistics was, and thought it would be boring even if I did, but the essay on the subject was very simple without being condescending. If you like dinosaur books, but are tired of too much artwork with no substance behind them, this book is for you.
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