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Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth Hardcover – October 5, 2009
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However, unlike others I was not impressed with the CGI illustrations. Few seem very lifelike, some barely 'adequate', and many are in static poses on an unremarkable backdrop (i.e. blue water, green grass, ect). Additionally, there's far too much emphasis on small fossils in the photographs. The giant arthropods of the Paleozoic are barely even mentioned. I suppose it's easier to prominently photograph a half-inch long trilobite rather than a six-foot eurypterid, but to fail to include these remarkable creatures even in CGI reconstruction? Hardly 'definitive'.
Despite these shortcomings, it IS a wonderful book, especially for the pricetag. However, I recommend 'Evolution: Story of Life' as a companion book, as it's better for full environment reconstructions. I purchased both, and the two compliment one another very well.
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amazing and so life like - most people ( except those without eyes!) will see that fossils are really showing evolution!Published 1 day ago by Jesse Matty
This is an incredible book. The amount of information contained and the manner in which it is presented are beyond what you normally find these days. DK means quality.Published 22 days ago by Mark Schilling
Very thorough book and full of interesting facts. Also beautifully illustrated.Published 1 month ago by Calluna
Tons of pictures and lots of info too. Perfect for my 10 yo dyslexic who wants to be a paleontologist.Published 1 month ago by Heather Armbruster
Wow, there is a lot of great info in this book! Great pictures, jam packed with information. Wonderful reference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mama B
very good quality of book, especially the photos. Absolutely recommended.Published 3 months ago by Rodrigo