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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
Books on dinosaurs tend to fall into one of two categories: "catalogs" full of color pictures and a little text, marketed to the general public, and college textbooks that presume a background in geology, zoology, and evolutionary biology. Fastovsky & Weishampel have written a concise, accessible, and extremely well-illustrated text that uses the study of dinosaurs to explain evolutionary biology. The tone is scholarly and yet light, even irreverent at times (e.g. Matt Groening's Tree of Life cartoon). Although intended as an intro college text, it's equally useful for high school students and interested amateurs.

The following quote, on the back cover, from Kevin Padian (UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology) sums up the book perfectly:
"...the most comprehensive and useful text on dinosaurs on the market. It's both authoritative and whimsical, providing students with a great background on dinosaurs and on the sciences needed to understand them. It's fun to read and great illustrations, too."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2010
I really enjoyed using this book in a college class I took last semester. The pictures and diagrams were very helpful and the text was written in a way which made it easy to read and remember. I intend to keep this book as a reference.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
I've been searching for a nice dinosaur book for a long time, and Dinosaurs is exactly what I was looking for. A book at an academic level, written by renowned scientists in the field, though not too sophisticated, and avoiding too much detailed information about one specific theme. It's a book with a mission, namely teaching undergrads about dinosaurs from a biological perspective, i.e., from a phylogentic point of view. I'm a PhD in biology, but in a very different field. Because the authors wrote the book for people with some scientific background, but kept the writing lightly, it reads away nicely. A book full of nice pictures made by a talented and famous artist, but centered around the contents of the book, instead of the reverse - a situation encountered in most mainstream books dealing with this subject. It gives a nice perspective and overview on evolution, while still discussing different species, yet without loosing itself in too much detail.
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on July 14, 2015
This book is awesome. The first few chapters are a bit drier than the rest and you have to commit to getting familiar with the structure of latin roots, but I feel like I learned a lot. One thing to keep in mind is this book prefers a general category (like "ceratopsia") instead of a specific dinosaur (like "triceratops"). Again, I thought that the book caught fire in the 4th or 5th chapter when it began addressing the time frame, characteristics, and lineage of dinosaur categories. I highly recommend this for a college-level reader who wants to know about dinosaurs.
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on December 9, 2013
This book is awesome! The information is intelligent and engaging, while remaining down-to-earth. I appreciate the authors' concisive tone and helpful images.
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on May 29, 2012
I like the inclusion of the biology of dinosaurs and easy to understand presentation. The pictures are well made. I think this book is one of the best introduction to dinosaurs books on the market.
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on April 27, 2015
A good intro book in that it explains things very well with plenty of illustrations (black and white) on high quality pages (thick, glossy paper).
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on July 23, 2014
Informative book with many nice illustrations and some photos.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
This book was in great condition and I got it for a very cheap price. A textbook that was cheap for college.
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0 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
xits old and was not in "acceptable' condition when it said the book was in 'acceptable' condition before i bought it!
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