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This review is from: DK Handbook: Fossils (Paperback)
I picked this book up after struggling to find any books about prehistoric animals aimed at adults. This is the best one that I could find and is up to DK's usual standards of being visually impressive. The drawings are nicely annotated with pithy and informative notes. In it's favour, the book also includes thumb-nail sketches of what the various animals would have looked like when the animals were alive. In addition the guide outlines where the fossils can be found, what era they date from and how commonplace they are. The book is organised in ascending phylla but there is a marked bias towards invertebrates with masses of shell fish, sea urchins, trilobites, ammonites and crinoids. The vertebrates first appear on page 194 and reptiles on page 225. There are only 10 pages with dinosaurs on, perhaps reflecting their rarety.
All in all, this is fascinating to read and offers informative details about the kind of prehistoric life that I wanted to learn about. The only downside is the fact that the book is not that practical unless you intend on doing alot of globe trotting. A more UK-centred book would have been more useful although this is a small grumble given that the subject is endlessly fascinating. An absorbing book that is great fun to dip in to.