Paleontology Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs

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Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs

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9780122268106: Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs

This book is the most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs and dinosaur science. In addition to entries on specific animals such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor, the "Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs" covers reproduction, behavior, physiology, and extinction. The book is generously illustrated with many detailed drawings and photographs, and includes color pictures and illustrations that feature interpretations of the best known and most important animals. All alphabetical entries are cross-referenced internally, as well as at the end of each entry. The Encyclopedia includes up-to-date references that encourage the reader to investigate personal interests. The most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs, it includes many detailed drawings, photographs and illustrations in both color and black-and-white; contains comprehensively cross-referenced alphabetical entries with internal references, as well as references at the conclusion of each entry; provides in-depth references, allowing readers to pursue independent interests; and, includes sixteen plates and 35 color illustrations.

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"Anyone who is truly curious about the reptiles that ruled the world... will find answers to every possible question about them in the definitive Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, compiled by two of the world's foremost dinosaur experts... Every public library and every school in America should own it, for it is the most valuable and up-to-date reference work on the intriguing subject ever published." David Perlman, Science Editor in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE "Currie is well known for unearthing the "feathered dinosaur" in China, and Padian has written extensively on the relationship of birds and dinosaurs. Their book features 275 original articles, heavily illustrated with photographs, paintings, drawings, and diagrams, many in color. Given the enduring interest among the general population in dinosaurs, this will prove to be a very popular reference source." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "Although this is definitely an adult reference book, libraries with young dinosaur aficionados should prick up their ears. What most recommends this densely written volume is that it brings readers straight to the facts, fresh from the scientists' mouths, instead of filtering the information through an intermediary writer." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is quite possibly the most valuable and comprehensive volume ever published on dinosaurs, and it is sure to become the reference work in the field. Edited by two of the world's foremost dinosaur experts, it includes hundreds of contributions from virtually every luminary in the field. The Encyclopedia not only embraces the very latest research, but it also includes copious entries on fossil sites, geological periods and formations, dinosaur discoveries, collections, paleontologists, methodology, and much, much more--all profusely illustrated. No topic in science generates more interest than dinosaurs, and this volume is an absolutely essential addition to any public library, educational institution, or museum. I can't imagine anyone with an interest in dinosaurs--laymen, student, or scientist--not wanting to own this magnificent book." --DOUGLAS PRESTON, Author of Dinosaurs in the Attic and Relic. "Here's the 'Who's Who' and 'What's What' about dinosaurs that we've been waiting for. An easy-to-get-around-in definitive compilation of general information about fossils, the theory, the scientists, the history--just about everything you'd like to know about--written by the finest scholars in the field. On top of the superb (and heavily cross-referenced) text, the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is wonderfully and profusely illustrated. I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of this book, and so would any teacher or parent with a dinosaur-nutty kid. (I think that's all of us...)" --EUGENIE C. SCOTT, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, El Cerrito, California "You will be amazed as we are with this incredible accomplishment. Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is a new 875 page volume covering all aspects of diosaurs by the experts that can tackle the subject best. A nice foreword by Michael Crichton is also inside. Articles discuss museums, specific dinosaurs and dinosaur families, famous sites, a history of paleontology, dinosaur color, feathered dinosaurs, Paleopathology, tooth replacement, and so much more. Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is reference material and fantastic reading that no dino lover can be without." --PREHISTORIC TIMES "Written by well-known paleontologists and organized alphabetically by subject, the signed articles cover kinds of dinosaurs, biology, geology, research, and museums where dinosaurs are on display, including a worldwide list of museums and sites. Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs provides a nice link between popular and scientific dinosaurs studies." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "Highly recommended for a wide range of libraries, this invaluable encyclopedia dictionary is accessible enough for larger public libraries, yet sufficiently technical to appeal to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." --CHOICE "This exhaustive body of research authoritatively survey all of our dinosaur knowledge to date." --SCIENCE NEWS "...they have produced a massive tome, consisting of about 280 contributions from 123 authors. The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is perhaps the most comprehensive treatment of almost all things dinosaurian ever to have appeared in a single volume. As a consequence, it will certainly become a standard general reference as well as a good entry into the current literature. For years to come, it will remain almost an essential addition to the library of any serious student of dinosaur whether lay or professional." --SCIENCE "As befits an encyclopedia, it mixes short and long articles on topics ranging from African dinosaurs to the Dalton Wells Quarry - an important new fossil site in Utah. The anatomical terminology gets a bit thick in places, but the glossary should rescue you. This book is browsable, [and should be] within easy reach when your eight-year-old (or you) is in a curious mood." --NEW SCIENTIST "For those of you who haven't liked any animal that's walked, crawled, swum, or flown since the Jurassic Period, fear not: The 1000-page Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs tells you everything you ever wanted to know about these cold-blooded creatures - including the possibility that some of them were actually warm-blooded." --EXPRESS BOOKS "The authoritative and comprehensive Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs covers not only specific animals but also dinosaur reproduction, behavior, physiology, and extinction. The book is written, edited, and illustrated by dozens of the world's dino experts. References follow each entry, and extensive cross-references lead to other articles in the book." --EARTH "So far as I know, this book is the first of its kind: a comprehensive encyclopedia of dinosaur lore in all its aspects. In view of current dinomania, this book should be available in all libraries catering to either adolescents or adults. I'm certain that it will be heavily used. Serious amateurs and dinosaur specialists will need a copy as well." --JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCE EDUCATIION "This near 900 page tome, so heavily stocked with information, is clearly the most valuable reference tool currrently available. This is an extremely worthwhile book. In fact, if you own it and Don Glut's new encyclopedia, and provide you keep up with the scientific literature, you'll have 90% of the repository knowledge necessary to understand dinosaurs in a detailed fashion." --DINOSAUR WORLD ...this volume will become a benchmark in dinosaurian studies, vertebrate, paleontology, and biology in general for many years to come. The Encyclopedia's treatment of aspects of dinosaur biology and related biological topics is refreshingly conservative in nature. ...issues of concern a controversy in the public arena such as evolution and extinction are carefully and thoughtfully addressed. ...the total package is a remarkable contribution. No doubt, it will become even more useful in the future. Well-worn copies of this volume will no doubt be found as a standard of comparison on the bookshelves of biologist, paleontologist, students, and in interested public for many years to come." --THE AMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER "In summary, this is a BIG book, with HEAPS of information, it is about DINOSAURS and for its size it is competitively priced; the message is loud and clear, 'BUY ME'. I am sure that thousands already have bought it and it is probably just what they want, so what do I know? I fear that the answer to that question is also equally loud and clear." --David Norman in GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE (1999) "The book is an excellent and up-to-date summary of the group, and deserves a place in any collection catering to existing or would-be paleontologists." --Bruce H. Tiffney in AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANUAL (1999) "...a well-organized, reputable, and comprehensive resource, and a must for all academic libraries. The scope and authority... is unmatched." --Jonathan Nabe in E-STREAMS "This encyclopedia is a comprehensive compendium of information about dinosaurs organized in a manner that expedites ease of use for the serious and scholarly study of this antural phenomenon that existed milions of years ago. This reference should be in high school, college and public libraries." --Jessie M. Stewart in TOP OF TEXAS REVIEWS (Spring 1999)

About the Author:

Philip Currie is noted for many expeditions to sites in North and South America and Asia, particularly in China where he and others unearthed the "feathered" dinosaurs. He is currently the Curator of Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, and an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. He holds a doctorate from McGill University and is the author or co-author of nine earlier books on dinosaurs, as well more than 100 papers and articles. His work has been reported on by The New York Times, National Geographic, the PBS Nova series, Canadian Geographic, a CBS special on dinosaurs, and various other media. Kevin Padian is Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Lower Vertebrates in the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. His doctorate is from Yale University. He is a frequently quoted authority in both the scientific and popular press on the subject of dinosaurs, particularly on the relationship of birds and dinosaurs. His previous publications include seven books as well as 60 technical papers and 60 general articles, and his research findings have been described in Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, and other media.

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