Ultimate Guides - Dinosaurs: The Ultimate Guide to Prehistoric Life (Collins ultimate guides)

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Throughout the years man’s fascination with dinosaurs has never failed to dwindle. This latest addition to the popular Collins Ultimate Guides series unleashes a multitude of amazing facts about these prehistoric creatures.

An introductory chapter delves into dinosaur past, explaining how many dinosaurs we know of, how many probably existed and how we know about them. It discusses geological time, the formation of fossils and gives information on identifying and classifying dinosaurs.

The second chapter provides a comprehensive survey of the different periods during which the different types of prehistoric creatures existed, right through to their mass extinction, while chapter three looks at dinosaur features including physiology, feeding, digestion, reproduction, the life cycle and methods of survival.

The book then goes on to look at the relationship between dinosaurs and man, from famous myths, through the first ‘discovery’ of dinosaurs in the 19th century and past and present palaeontologists, to dinosaurs on screen and in fiction.
There is also a chapter dealing with the practical side of studying dinosaurs, with information on where to look and what to look for, field excavations and how finds are studied and analysed back in the laboratory.

Finally, there is a section listing useful data on all the dinosaurs, such as meaning and pronunciation of name, size and weight and geographical area in which they lived, followed by information on important dinosaur sites and museum collections.
Beautifully presented with over 500 stunning colour photographs and illustrations, Dinosaurs: The Ultimate Guide to Prehistoric Life provides all the information you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs.

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Dinosaurs is a highly illustrated and up-to-date compendium and reference guide to the "terrible lizards" and their relatives for all novice "dinomaniacs" from eight to 80 years old. Six sections by different authors, all experts in various fields of the study of fossils, introduce the reader to how and where dinosaurs are found, excavated, identified; where and when they lived; their relatives; how they lived and died; and what is new in our understanding of the beasts. The second section portrays more details about a selection of some 79 individual kinds of dinosaurs. These include recent finds of the last decade from Liaoning in China and some surprising scientific discoveries. It is now pretty clear that feathers are not unique to birds. New Chinese dinosaurs include the long-legged and turkey-sized dinosaur Caudipteryx, which was found in 1998. This bizarre animal had bunches of feathers on its arms and tail but they were not for flying with. They may have been used to help catch insects and/or sexual display. We now know that although most dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, in a sense they are still very much with us but are flying around and are otherwise known as birds. There is a useful guide to 18 major dinosaur sites and museums around the world and a few Web sites. The latter could have usefully been expanded, especially as there is no reading guide to other books but there is a glossary and index. -- Douglas Palmer

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