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The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals: A Visual Who's Who of Prehistoric Life Paperback – April 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan General Reference (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020429819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020429814
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These are happy hunting days for lovers of dinosaur paraphernalia. As such, the Macmillan encyclopedia has something for everyone: colored reconstructions of the animals matched with a text whose style is accessible to most enthusiasts but whose content is extensive enough for more serious students. Both newly discovered and classic fossil animals are included, and there is background information to put each animal in time, place, and taxonomic perspective. The book's strongest feature is its inclusion of vertebrate animals other than dinosaurs. The variety of fossil fish and mammals should convince the skeptical that dinosaurs had no monopoly on bizarre structure. (See also R. McNeill Alexander's Dynamics of Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Giants , reviewed in this issue, p.00.)-- Margery C. Coombs, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I still take this out to read and re-read.
Steven J. Satak
It gives brief information about the families as well as the individual species.
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The illustrations are also very good and interesting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
This informative and well-illustrated book would be a useful adition to any nature- or science-lover's personal library, or an interesting coffee table book
I've only seen and read the 1988 edition so I don't know how many changes have been made in the new edition, but I assume the format's still the same. Basically this is a very good non-technical introduction to prehistoric vertebrates (animals with backbones - fish, amphbians, reptiles, birds & mammals). Although there are some pages that provide the basic background - how fossils form, continental drift, etc - by the far the most interesting, and indeed the bulk, of the book is the coverage it gives to a large number of individual genera, each of which is illustrated by a color painting. It is the sheer number and diversity of creatures covered here, rather than simply a few dozen types of dinosaurs, that makes this book so interesting. I find the realism of the art work tends to vary - some drawings seem more realistic than others, but I suppose that's just personal taste. The art work is still of good quality thoughout though. The accompanying text is brief but clear and informative, and gives a basic introduction to that type of animal. The best thing about this book is that it's not just about dinosaurs (although these are covered in detail) but also deals with many other types of vertebrate creatures as well. My only real criticism is that despite the title - "animals" - no invertebrate animals were included, no trilobites, eurypterids, nautiloids etc. Still, you can only cover so much in the space available, and this book does a pretty good job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAMES mell on December 11, 2013
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Extremely good book with a ton of information, I recommend this book to any dinosaur fan, it is a welcome addition to my Dinosaur library!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Starner on August 19, 2011
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As a child, I must have checked this book out of the library nearly a hundred times. It's got great illustrations and lots of good information. Obviously, advancements have been made in the field of paleontology and some of the information or graphics are no longer accurate, but it's still a good book, especially for a child who is interested in dinosaurs.
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The book came on time and was in the condition that it was expected to be in. This book is great for anyone interested in prehistoric life, from the young dinosaur fan to the seasoned paleobiologist (although it should be noted that some of the entries in the book are outdated)
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