A Field Guide to Dinosaurs: The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic

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9780764155116: A Field Guide to Dinosaurs: The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic

This beautifully produced and illustrated volume is the result of sophisticated scientific research. However, it has been written in clear laymen’s language for nonscientists who have serious interest in paleontology. Author Henry Gee provides naturalists’ notes on more than 50 different dinosaur species. His information is supplemented with dramatic, anatomically accurate full-color illustrations of each dinosaur. Material in this book is based on findings of dinosaur remains in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Antarctica, and is divided according to time periods: Triassic, Jurassic, Early- and Mid-Cretaceous, and Late Cretaceous. At-a-glance icons convey key information about each animal, including size, taxonomy, geological period of origin, and geographical location of discovered bones. The book also presents general background information on the 180 million years of the dinosaur-dominated Mesozoic era, including details on Mesozoic plants and animals and the modern story of dinosaur discovery. More than 500

vivid illustrations are all in full color.

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Renowned dinosaur artist Luis V. Rey and paleontologist and writer Henry Gee use up-to-the minute research findings to paint a vivid picture of the dinosaurs' world. Their unique approach gives readers lifelike portrayals of dinosaurs similar to that of naturalists in the wild, observing living animals of our own era.

  • Experience dinosaurs as living, breathing creatures, each kind described--from the field--and shown in breathtaking illustrations
  • Observe dinosaur physiology in full-color paintings, anatomical sketches, and a host of fascinating incidental detail, much of it never published outside specialist journals
  • Understand the dinosaurs' environment in terms of the world's changing face throughout the 180-million-year extent of the dinosaur-dominated Mesozoic Era, with a detailed, full-color chart that relates the time-span of each dinosaur group

    At-a-glance icons convey key information about different dinosaur groups,
    including size, taxonomy, diet, geological period and geographical origins


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    Sensational discoveries during the past decade have shed new light on the most intimate details of dinosaurs'lives, including their appearance and behavior, their family structures, and even their sex lives. Modern dinosaur finds encompass far more than just bones, and currently take account of eggs, footprints, skin impressions, and in some cases, feathers. Today's paleontologists use biochemistry to learn what dinosaurs ate, and they study fossil bones to understand how those animals grew. Modern science also employs engineering design techniques to work out how dinosaurs fed, for instance demonstrating from skull structure and density that Tyrannosaurus was a bone-crushing butcher, while Allosaurus ripped and slashed flesh from its fleeing prey.

    The latest dinosaur findings present a far more vivid and complete picture of this extraordinarily successful group of animals than would have been thought possible only a few years ago. Recent finds in South America, Madagascar, Mongolia, China, and Australia have revealed the existence of amazing and exotic dinosaurs. Some of the most remarkable finds in these recently explored territories include feathered dinosaurs from China, as well as a sauropod dinosaur nesting ground in Patagonia that stretches for miles in every direction. Our knowledge of dinosaurs is richer today than ever before, with no sign of the excitement lessening or the flood of new finds drying up. Paleontologist Henry Gee and artist Luis Rey have seamlessly integrated all of the most recent discoveries in the making of this unique book. Henry Gee is a renowned and thought-provoking science writer, and the author of In Search of Deep Time and Jacob's Ladder. Trained as a paleontologist, he is a senior editor of Nature, the weekly journal of science, where many of the dinosaur discoveries described in this book made their scientific debuts.
    Luis V. Rey is one of the boldest and most highly respected dinosaur artists working today. His vivid images are based on careful anatomical study, making him a first-choice illustrator for many leading dinosaur experts.
  • About the Author:

    Henry Gee is a paleontologist and a senior editor of Nature, a major weekly science journal. He is also author of In Search of Deep Time, published by Cornell University Press.

    Luis V. Rey is one of the most highly respected dinosaur artists working today. His images are based on rigorous anatomical study, which keeps him in demand by many leading dinosaur experts.

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