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The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life
The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life
by Tim Haines
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Re: A Monster of a Book!, 14 Dec 2005
This book does exactly what it says on the cover. As a guide to the prehistoric world it really is unbeatable. It takes you from the formation of the Earth, 4.5 billion years ago, through to the modern day. As well as getting a potted history of life on Earth, this book also acts as an encyclopedia to prehistoric.
By my count over 100 animals (from all time periods) are portrayed in detail using the realistic computer generated photographs that Walking with Dinos is famous for. Each animal has one or two pages devoted to including several hundred words of text that describes what it looked like, where and when it lived, how it may have behaviour and also its evolutionary history and the history of its discovery. There is a lot of information packed in, including some amazing facts.
I am familiar with books on fossils and dinosaurs and I must say that this is one of the best ones I've come across. It manages to get that rare balance of being informative without being dull. I would recommend it to children and adults alike.


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