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The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (Princeton Field Guides) Hardcover – October 10, 2010
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"You'll never need to decide whether that massive beast lumbering through your front yard is Chasmosaurus belli or C. sternbergi, but if you did, this would be a handy book to have on your windowsill. . . . [A]s dinosaur guidebooks go, this is as carefully assembled and authoritative as they come."--Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History
"Artist and researcher Gregory S. Paul describes hundreds of dinosaur species in this richly illustrated compendium. Learn how beasts ranging from Allosaurus to zuniceratops grew, moved and reproduced--and how they eventually went extinct."--Scientific American
"Given the vibrant state of dinosaur science, any book about them is going to be out-of-date by the time it hits shelves, but Gregory Paul's new The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a useful yearbook of dinosaurs which includes a variety of rarely-mentioned species. . . . Indeed, Paul is to be credited for pulling so much information together into one volume, as well as for illustrating so many skeletons (some dinosaurs no doubt discovered while the book was in press.)"--Brian Switek, SmithsonianMag.com's Dinosaur Tracking blog
"The publication of Gregory Paul's The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is cause for celebration for all who share a fascination with this diverse family of animals. Paul's field guide is (perhaps) the most comprehensive one-volume guide to what we know about 735 species of dinosaurs. The book includes an outstanding . . . introduction summarizing the history of dinosaurs research, evolution, biology, energetics, behavior, and distribution. It includes a discussion of the most arresting feature of dinosaurs--their great size. . . . The heart of the book is a richly illustrated field guide which is organized like any of the field guides that we have become accustomed to. The species are presented in phylogenic order and meticulously and beautifully illustrated following the current state of our knowledge of posture and shape."--Wayne Mones, AudubonMagazine.org blog
"World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the dinosaurs in this lavishly illustrated field guide. Incorporating the latest discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. . . . The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist."--Prehistoric Times
"Lavishly filled with fossil forms and drawn interpretations of their outward appearance, the guide covers the entire spectrum of dinosaur species. The color images of some of the rock stars of the Age of Dinosaurs, from T-Rex to Triceratops, will enthrall any youngster with a yen for these ancient beasts. . . . Paul has revitalized and re-invented the depiction of dinosaurs in recent decades, and the book brings the breadth of their lost world to today's readers."--Dan Vergano, USA Today
"This latest book by Paul, a leading dinosaur researcher and illustrator, is an excellent accompaniment to your standard dinosaur encyclopedias. Its strength lies in the inclusion of over 735 species, along with information on how complete the fossil skeletons representing them are, anatomical characteristics, distribution of fossil finds, the animal's probable habitat, and what scientists believe about its behavior. . . . [B]eautifully illustrated."--Library Journal
"A fantastic new book on dinosaurs. . . . Paul is an accomplished illustrator and expert in all things dinosaurian. The first 60 pages of the book provide an introduction to dinosaur biology, morphology and techniques for studying these fossils. The information on how the limbs of dinosaurs articulated is particularly intriguing. . . . His fine illustrations provide nice accents to the text. The meat of the book is the coverage of individual dinosaur species."--Herb Wilson, Portland Press Herald
"This book . . . shows off Paul at his artistic and conceptual finest, as it is replete with all the latest knowledge of dinosaurian knowledge. . . . [I]t's an excellent book, one of the best ever, and one which I wish was around in my youth, when all I had were dense textbooks."--Dan Schneider, Blogcritics.org
"There's no doubt that Paul has done a tremendous job with The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs and it's quite impressive. If you're serious about dinosaurs and want a meticulously researched guide, this is certainly the book for you."--Jonathan Liu, Wired.com's GeekDad blog
"Paul, an eminent authority on dinosaur anatomy and a leading dinosaur illustrator, presents detailed information on all dinosaur groups. . . . The author, well known for his detailed skeletal diagrams and ability to interpret dinosaur biomechanics, displays his formidable skills throughout this book. . . . Serious dinosaur scholars will devour this book; it is a major contribution to the field."--Choice
"Reproduced and copied time and again, Paul's interpretation of dinosaur anatomy has found for years a permanent home on both the popular and scientific page. Paul's latest publication, The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, is the collection of these skeletal reconstructions that the dinosaur-loving community has been waiting for. If nothing else, it is this collection that makes the book worthy of ownership."--Richard A. Kissel, American Paleontologist
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It represents the most comprehensive collection of scientifically informed dinosaur anatomical illustrations to date, making it a valuable desk reference. One can imagine taking a trip back to the Mesozoic and using this guide to identify these awe-inspiring creatures. This volume should find a proud place on the bookshelf of both amateurs and professionals."--Christopher R. Noto, Quarterly Review of Biology
"I am certain that all ages of dinosaur fans will love this book."--Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes
"Greg Paul is an independent researcher who specialises on dinosaurs; he's well known for his popular articles, books and technical papers, but in particular for his hugely influential artwork. Paul's most recent book--the 2010 The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs--is, simply put, the ultimate Greg Paul book. It's a large, heavily illustrated catalogue of over 400 reconstructed skeletons, accompanied throughout with life restorations and brief chunks of text that present data on the world's Mesozoic dinosaur species."--Darren Naish, ScientificAmerican.com's Tetrapod Zoology blog
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Now, some 22 years later, Paul releases what is probably his magnum opus: a big, bold 8 & 1/2 by 11 volume containing hundreds of reconstructions dozens of muscle studies and shaded skull drawings, and numerous fine color scenes. A feast for the eyes and an atlas for the imagination.
Paul writes in the preface: "Producing this book has been particular satisfying in that it has given me the reason to achieve a long-term goal, to illustrate the skeletons of almost all dinosaur species for which there is sufficiently complete available."
Thank you, Mr. Paul, from the bottom of our hearts! And thank you Princeton University Press for producing a durable big-format volume, the sort of thing that older boys can carry around on planes, trains, and automobiles . . .
Dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes, and levels of fame (or obscurity) are ranked taxonomically and provided with detailed background information. Each species is not only illustrated in life-like artist's renditions, but skeletal systems are also depicted. This book is not quite as "pretty" as some of the other large paleo-books, but it's replete with information.
Due to the technical nature of the book, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for younger children or children who don't have an earnest academic interest in paleontology. Instead, I'd recommend "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs" for adult dinophiles -- "grown ups" who never grew out of their dinosaur "phase."
Greg Paul likes to do something we call lumping, meaning he lumps together different genera of dinosaurs. For example, Tarbosaurus bataar (a relative of T.rex) is called Tyrannosaurus bataar in this book. This is widely disregarded among paleontologists, but at least it had been suggested before. There are times when lumping is correct, but Paul goes one step further and lumps together dinosaurs no one suggested. Let me put it this way: Greg Paul is the reason to general public thinks Velociraptor is 6 feet tall. Writer Michael Crichton used his book (Predatory Dinosaurs of the World) for reference when he wrote Jurassic Park 25 years ago. Greg Paul lumped Deinonychus into Velociraptor thinking Deinonychus is just a different species of Velociraptor. If your kids want to learn the names of the dinosaurs, they would get a lot of the names wrong.
The writing is a mixed bag. The opening intro and talk about the history of paleontology is well done, but once you hit the list of dinosaurs, that's where things get dicey. Some of his size estimates are off the mark (he made Deinonychus too big in Predatory Dinosaurs of the World), though that's a minor issue. The biggest problem is the anatomical descriptions of the fossils are so vague that you learn almost nothing about them. He also likes to add silly notes like dinosaur X is the enemy of dinosaur Y, like they have some kind of ongoing feud or something. On the bright side, sometimes the descriptions are very on the mark. He also likes to put dinosaurs that haven't even been officially studied into the book.Read more ›
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The best and up-to date encyclopedia about dinosaurs. If you are serious abot learning academic information about these majestic animals, this is your book.Published 12 days ago by Joelice
Amazing illustrations, very accurate and actualized information, fullfill my expectatives, Thank you!Published 20 days ago by Jaxbalam
How can you have a field guide for dinosaurs without plesiosaurs!! Moasaurs.... No water dinosaurs periodPublished 27 days ago by ILikeCookies
Well the cover was great but things seemed to go downhill from there. Yes this may be one of the most complete inventories of dinosaurs out there, but there's practically nothing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JP
I have both the book and the Kindle version. I love dinosaurs and have used the book to enhance my granddaughters love of dinosaurs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Modupe Hendricks
I looked up this writer specifically because he inspired and collaborated with Michael Crichton on his Jurassic Park novel/screenplay. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Junkie