Dinosaurs (Single Subject References)

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Here's the ultimate guide for the young dinosaur enthusiast who craves the latest information from the lost world of prehistoric animals. With its winning combination of dramatic artwork, and exciting, narrative text, this title goes far beyond the basic facts about dinosaurs, presenting up-to-date information from dinosaur experts and realistic color illustrations by top dinosaur artists. Find out where the world's most important excavations are located and how scientists piece together tiny clues that help them reconstruct these incredible beasts. See Oviraptors babysitting their young in late cretaceous Mongolia. Escape from a pack of Deinonychus in prehistoric Wyoming. The colorful spreads include a geological time-scale that helps the inquisitive reader locate the appearance of the various species of dinosaur. Finally, discover how some of the creatures that shared the dinosaurs' world survived the catastrophe that experts believe led to the dinosaurs' extinction. A special reference section at the end of the book provides an at-a-glance family tree of these fascinating prehistoric animals, along with a helpful illustrated glossary and index.

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Professor Michael Benton is the author of over 30 books on dinosaurs, and has acted as consultant on the Learning Channel's "'Paleoworld"' series. Based at the University of Bristol in England, he travels widely and has taken expeditions to Romania (for fragments of pterosaurs and other dinosaurs in the remains of ancient caves) and Russia (for pre-dinosaur remains in the South Urals).

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Grade 4-6-Benton covers lots of recent revisions in dinosaur theory in this attractive resource. Readers will find clear explanations of the debate over whether dinosaurs were cold or warm-blooded; whether or not they were related to birds (and also mammals and reptiles); and the various hypotheses of what led to their extinction as well as discussions on anatomy, birth and death, eating, hunting, and self-defense. What really makes this book, however, are the vivid full-color drawings at every turn. For example, a small cross section of a dinosaur's stomach shows how swallowed stones called gastroliths helped grind up the creature's food. A double-page illustration of a Tyrannosaurus rex helps explain dinosaur anatomy, while a look at two skulls demonstrates how some dinosaurs made trumpeting noises through extended nose holes. Plenty of attention is given to the step-by-step process of fossil discovery and recovery, from field work to museum assembly. Try the Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (Macmillan, 1988) for specifics on individual dinosaurs. This book provides quite a spark to fuel the fires of paleontological excitement.
Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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