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Dinosaurs Hardcover – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847244173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847244178
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dinosaurs continue to fascinate young and old alike, and this sumptuously produced oversize book is bound to be a huge hit. Brusatte, a paleontology researcher at Columbia and the American Museum of Natural History, gives a tour of the dino realm, enlisting computer-aided imaging to depict these masters of all they surveyed in almost frightening four-color detail. Measuring 17×14, the book is large enough to convey actual size on a few, such as the Microraptor. Brusatte (Field Guide to Dinosaurs) breaks up his survey into geologic periods and uses family trees, or cladograms, to illustrate how various dinosaurs are connected. The author's explanation of how the continents broke apart helps readers understand why T. Rex fossils tend to be found in the American West, and why new species are being found in China. Brusatte gives for each species its scientific classification, a map showing where fossils have been found, basic statistics (length, weight, posture, etc.), and a diagram showing its size compared to humans. The individual essays reflect the current state of knowledge about each species. These terrifying lizards, reproduced in all their majesty, will captivate all comers. (June)
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For sheer value for money this can't be beaten ... absolutely visually stunning, jam-packed with information ... Dinosaur fanatics of all ages will love this - Ulster Newsletter.

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We checked this book out from the library for our daughter and she loved it.
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The only disconcerting aspect of this book would have to be it's big size although it would go down well on a coffee table a large coffee table reference book.
Peppercorn
Though working within a very tight style brief these illustrations vary somewhat in quality, obviously reflecting the abilities of the different artists used.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. P. Walsh on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This title brings new meaning to the term "coffee table book". It's big; put legs on it and it could almost be one. However I would hesitate to label it as such because this might suggest just another poorly written and illustrated tome recycling the same old 'facts'. This is in fact a high quality book in both content and construction. Dinosaurs is divided into 7 chapters, one for each of the geologic periods that dinosaurs existed as well as their origins and extinction. There are over 170 taxa usually presented one per page and in four sections with the topmost consisting of a large title, the name's meaning and its pronunciation. Beneath this is several paragraphs of text followed by a large illustration. The bottom-most section of small text covers classification, a map of fossil locations, statistics (habitat, length etc.) and a size comparison using silhouettes of the animal and a human. At times this format varies so that a taxon takes two pages or a single page profile with a facing 'portrait' page. Peppered through the dinosaur profiles are double-page spreads giving overviews of dinosaur groups and other key topics.

The author is Steve Brusatte, a young but very talented U.S. palaeontologist currently working at the American Museum of Natural History. His text is lively, engaging and up-to-date. Refreshingly Steve does not talk down to his audience though few would be flipping often to the generous glossary provided.

Dinosaurs is profusely illustrated by Pixel-[...], a company of 2 and 3D digital artists. They seem to specialise in dinosaurs having produced illustrations for numerous Dorling Kindersley books and the Walking with Dinosaur books that accompanied the BBC television series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herman Diaz on September 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Short version: If you want the best digital paleoart, get Csotonyi's "The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi". If you want the best natural history of dinos, get Gardom/Milner's "The Natural History Museum Book of Dinosaurs". If you want the best collection of dino profiles, get GSPaul's "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs". Brusatte/Benton's "Dinosaurs" fails at being any of these or even just decent in its own right.

Long version: Read on.

Benton & Brusatte are consistently good sources for the specialist (E.g. See Brusatte's "Dinosaur Paleobiology"). However, they're also consistently not-so-good sources for casual readers/the enthusiast. Dinosaurs in particular is so bad that Naish described it as a representation of "uninformed laziness" (Google "All Yesterdays Book Launch Talk - Darren Naish"). In this review, I list the 4 main reasons why I think Dinosaurs is that bad.

1) The writing is annoyingly hyperbolic (E.g. See the Brusatte/Benton quote)/repetitive (E.g. On average, the word "dominate" is used once or twice per page in Dinosaurs, a 224 page book; In fact, it's used 3 times, back-to-back, in the 1st paragraph alone)/inconsistent (E.g. It goes back & forth between "story" & "storey" throughout Dinosaurs).

2) The text is hit-&-miss in terms of getting the facts straight. This is especially apparent in the dino profiles because the misses stick out more with less text. That of the Protoceratops profile is some of the worst: On page 205, Protoceratops is described as being "a small, generalized grazer of low plants"; Also, on the same page, it's claimed that "the frill anchored strong jaw muscles...that helped Protoceratops mow through shrubs and bushes".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reed J. Richmond on February 21, 2011
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I really got this product because the other reviews talked about how big it is. And it's huge and heavy.
I do several talks with groups of young children each year about dinosaurs (I am an amateur enthusiast) and this book is great for showing illustrations big enough for everyone to see.
The information inside is well presented and compact. There are lots of dinosaurs in it's large format, about 220 pages with most dinosaurs on a single page and some of the more popular ones getting two pages (or more). A couple of the sauropods impressively go across the spread.
My only complaint is that the illustrations are usually in dull gray and green colors, usually with a splash of red as a highlight somewhere on the head. The illustrations are of the "3D Model" variety, and not the best examples of the dinosaurs. Pixel-shack.com did the models (several inaccuracies, I think) so you are forewarned.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on July 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was looking everywhere for a book like this, just page after page of different dinosaurs. My five year-old son loves dinosaurs. He has looked through this book 10 times since we got it 2 days ago! It's HUGE and heavy, he reads it on the floor or props it up on the back of the couch and has to walk a couple steps to turn the page! I've never seen such gorgeous photographic looking dinosaur pictures. On each page it has infomation about the dinosaur, where he lived, how big he is in relationship to man, and - my favorite - the phonetic pronunciation of the dinosaurs names! Yey! It is a bargain at twice what Amazon is selling it for! Every school library should have one!
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