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Predatory Dinosaurs of the World: A Complete Illustrated Guide Hardcover – November, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671619462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671619466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Paul thinks dinosaurs are fun, and he conveys his enthusiasm in this well-written account of their life and times. In the first part of the book he describes how the predatory dinosaurs (meat-eating dinosaurs, as opposed to herbivorous dinosaurs) evolved, what they looked like and how they lived. He dispels some commonly held notions: dinosaurs were not cold-blooded, slow or stupid; they were, in fact, the ancestors of birds. The second part of the book is an illustrated catalogue of all important predatory dinosaurs known to date, a new reorganization of predatory dinosaur taxonomy and systematics. Dinosaur are obviously the love of Paul's life, and he sometimes makes us forget that these extraordinary creatures have been extinct for at least 65 million years. In addition, as a paleontologist who does his own illustrations, he can back up his contention that dinosaurs "look neat."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This was sent in good time, and is a wealth of information.
JAMES mell
Even today, Paul's illustrations of theropod skeletons as well as his line art interpretations of live dinosaurs are among the best.
Moose
Or, you can wait and hope Mr. Paul writes an update sometime in the near future.
Rachel K. Clark (raptorrkc@aol.com)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rachel K. Clark (raptorrkc@aol.com) on November 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Once, I was just a kid obsessed with Jurassic Park. That's as in touch with dinosaurs as I got. Then, on a search for information on Velociraptor, I discovered this book at my public library. And it got me hooked. PDW got me into dinosaurs for real, and ever since I have been fascinated by them, a serious field of interest for me.
PDW is well-written, lively and readable, save for the occasional (and amusing) typo. The information is extremely valuable. Although some of Paul's theories on theropods, especially their classification, have since been disfavored (or were never really agreeable to begin with), an astonishing number of them have remained wickedly close to the truth. It is fascinating reading of Paul's then-outrageous theories of, say, feathered theropods, and not even ten years later watching feathered theropods pop out of the ground like weeds.
The illustrations are incredible. Paul is, without a doubt, the most influential dinosaur artist today; virtually every other artist has been influenced at least somewhat by Paul's magnificent work. They depict dinosaurs at the highest level of accuracy, painstakingly researched, skeletons reconstructed, muscles laid onto the bones, and finally the flesh (and, sometimes, feathers) added to reveal the finest possible restorations of these extinct animals. Greg Paul is truly a genius.
This book has been scrutinized by the conservatives, flamed, disappreciated. I think that is truly a shame, as the book is, in actuality, one of the gems of dinosaur paleontology. It is also a shame that this book is out of print. If you are fascinated by theropod dinosaurs, or dinosaurs or paleontology in general, I urge you to find a copy of this book. It may be hard, but it's worth it. Or, you can wait and hope Mr. Paul writes an update sometime in the near future. I wait for a version two with more anticipation that I can possibly relate in words. We'll see...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By j_dyal@hotmail.com on May 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I only lower the number on this review because much of the material presented here is outdated. In fact, Greg Paul kinda went out on a limb with his classification system. While he was correct that a new one was needed, other schemes have left his behind long ago. This book also is missing (because of the date of publication) some of the essential and fascinating finds of the nineties. I've sent Paul an email before hassling him to get a new edition out! It would truly be the most complete reference of its kind available, and Paul's wonderful illustrations are a plus anytime, while his skeletal restorations are more than just a plus, they are a necessity! Maybe we could convince him to through in a couple of his color plates in that new edition...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark the illustrator on August 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Greg Paul is the greatest dinosaur artist. He inspired a whole generation of dinosaur artists including myself. When I first found his book and saw it's astounding, action-packed illustrations my art would never be the same again. His art is more accurate, more dramatic, and more breathtaking than any other dinosaur artist alive today. For thirty years he has set the bar, and for thirty years every dinosaur artist young and old have tried but failed, to put it any higher. That's without saying his book, the PREDATORY DINOSAURS of the WORLD, that did the same for all dinosaur-books there after. In my opinion, my small dim-witted opinion,is one of the greatest dinosaur books to exist today. The only thing that keeps it from being the greatest is it's out-dated by little over ten years. Maybe someday Greg Paul will update P.D.O.T.W. and will showcase gigantosaurus, sinosauropteryx, chacharodotosaurus, majungatholus, neovenator, afrovenator, and so many others that I can't even think of at this point. Let finish with saying that if you enjoy dinosaur art, dinosaurs or paleontology you're going to flip out when you get this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V on November 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Here's an interesting exercise. Conduct a literature search to identify all the SCHOLARLY books published commercially before 1986 that are devoted to special topics (e.g., infinite-dimensional vector spaces) in, say, the fields of mathematics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, genetics, and cellular biology. Expect to turn up items numbering in the hundreds, if not the thousands. Now, conduct a search for all the pre-1986 commercially-published scholarly books devoted exclusively to dinosaurs (henceforth, "SDBs"). You're not likely to come up with more than a single item, William Elgin Swinton's THE DINOSAURS (Thomas Murby & Co., 1934), which went out of print in 1952 but resurfaced briefly in 1968.

Astounding as it may seem, before the publication of Bob Bakker's THE DINOSAUR HERESIES (Citadel, 1986), one could not walk into any book store in the English-speaking world and purchase a TECHNICAL volume devoted entirely to dinosaur paleontology. Prior to 1986, the only such books were treatises published by state or national geological surveys, professional paleontological societies, or museum-affiliated research institutions (example: Charles Whitney Gilmore, OSTEOLOGY OF THE CARNIVOROUS DINOSAURIA IN THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM, Bulletin 110 of the United States National Museum [Government Printing Office, 1920]). These treatises were published in limited runs and today are rarely encountered outside of university libraries. Enthusiasts seeking copies for purchase will probably require the good offices of book dealers specializing in out-of-print scientific tracts and must expect to pay dearly.

Of course, there were scads of POPULAR books on dinosaurs published before 1986.
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