I've never studied palaeontology before, but with this book my first palaeontology class became more of a pleasure than a must. It explains things directly and precisely without being too niched and the images are clear and always have something to give.
I am only half way through this book and I have been tremendously impressed - here's why:
1. Very easy to read - well done to the authors - clear, concise text resulting in a detailed summary. 2. At last.......!!!!! Excellent diagrams - the exploded Plateosaurus with skull components - how long have I waited for this?! Tired of reading text and wondering what the actual skeletal element actually looks like..... 3. Very well updated - wow, has this field moved on..... 4. Affordable - good price for the quality of information.
Folks, if you're a dinosaur enthusiast, this book is a must. Take my advice, buy this book and enjoy. An excellent job from Weishampel and Fastovsky.