Top positive review
16 people found this helpful
on 2 October 2009
Great to look at, enjoyable and informative to read. Darren Naish updates and shows us many supposedly well known discoveries afresh and also covers the scientific emergence of some less well known and recently described dinosaurs (Eotriceratops for example). Think you know all about the earliest dinosaur discoveries? Think again.
It's not a dinosaur encyclopedia, doesn't pretend to be and is the better for it. This book focuses on a selection of particularly important and interesting discoveries - revealing how and why some pivotal fossils moved our understanding on, whilst also showing how major ideas and interpretations have developed over time - and puncturing some myths along the way.
Written by someone who is comfortable with technical language, but intended for those who may be less so,the text is accessible without dumbing down - but precise and detailed where it needs to be.
I was initially doubtful that `yet another' dinosaur book targeted at the non-specialist audience could really bring anything new to a subject already awash with books - but for me, this one does.
Sure, someone somewhere will find the odd error no doubt, and others may disagree with some of the author's interpretations or inclusion choices - but that in no way detracts from the overall quality of this book. At Amazon price, great
value. Apparently a lot of material didn't make it into the final print, a real shame but maybe - volume 2?