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on 15 September 1998
First, take one bright, enthusiastic person with an interst in paleontology. Second, add a dash of The Complete Dinosaur. Third, allow to sit for a week or two. Sounds almost too easy, doesn't it? Although most people are interested in the findings of science, science is usually viewed as too difficult for the average person to "do." This book starts with interesting, non-technical essays on subjects pertaining to dinosaurs, the history of their discovery, and how artists learn to restore them. Then it moves through how paleontologists work on things like anatomy, geology, and how dinosaurs are related to one another. By the end of the book, the reader is reading full-blown technical treatises, without realizing it. This engaging book is also sprinkled with amusing annecdotes (how many lawyers would it take to feed a T. rex?). The good nature of the editors, combined with the lively writing of the individual authors, makes the transition from interested layman to knowledgale amateur an easy one. Many paleontologists I work with have their own copy of this book as a reference. Highly recommended.
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on 1 March 2001
The complete dinosaur? Not half! With 700+ pages and smallish print, there's a lot in here. A collection of up to date essays written by experts and palaeo professionals - some easy-read, others fairly technical. Too many to list, but you'll be pushed to think of a dinosaur related topic that isn't covered. Example? there are no less than 4 essays on aspects of dinosaur metabolism and thermodynamics alone.
The best dinosaur book ever for the interested non-professional? Probably. Why have I not seen this book on shelf in any bookstore? The paperback's a bargain - buy it now.
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on 5 January 1999
A must have for profesionals working in this field and for dinosaur lovers. It treats every aspect concerning dinosaurs in a way that it is understandable for both experts and common people without losing credibility. It has an excellent price for a book with all this information.
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on 22 April 1998
It doesn't matter if you're a dino-nut for as long as you can remember (like me), a complete layman in this field who is looking for a great, clear and in-depth introduction to the field, or a professional paleontologist; if you like dinosaurs, this is a book you simply must have!
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on 15 July 2000
This book is an excellent survey of the current state of dinosaur knowlege. It brings together all the conflicting opinions and evidence, in a thorough but readable way.
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on 8 April 2011
I have many text books about various apects of biological sciences left over from my studies in Zoology, I also have many books about Dinosaurs and prehistoric life left over from when I was a small boy and teenager with a love for these amazing creatures.

This book would be at home with any of them, succeeding in joining scientific papers with such things as a reflection on dinosaurs in the media.
As far as I'm concerned, this book hits the nail on the head.
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on 23 February 2002
This is an excellent well written and very readable book.It is however not a coffee table book. It is usefull (but not essential) if you have a very basic knowledge of anatomy (GCSE Level), although it does start off simple if you are reading the book cover to cover as I did. It contains many good illustrations and even a colour section in the middle. My only very minor negative point is that some of the pictures (very few)at the back are little more than rough sketches. The book over all though is a goldmine of information, so go buy a copy.
From an apprentise palaeontologist.
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on 14 April 2011
All I want say about this book is that it strikes the perfect balance between technical detail and being a damn fine read. If my house was burning down and I could save just one of my dinosaur book collection this would be the one!
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on 15 May 2013
Book arrived promptly and as described. A heavy volume on dinosaurs with lots of indepth explanations of every dinosaur imaginable. not for a light read!
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