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Dinosaur A to Z Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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Dinosaurs first appeared on Earth during the Mesozoic era, which lasted from about 250 million years ago until about 66 million years ago. In the Mesozoic era, Earth was warmer than it is today, and all the continents were joined in one large landmass called Pangaea.
During the time of the dinosaurs, Earth's climate was warmer than today. This resulted in a wide variety of plants and habitats. Herbivores would gather to feed on the plants. Wherever there were herbivores, there would also be carnivores hunting them!
Where Dinosaurs Lived
Because the world was warmer and wetter during the Mesozoic era, dinosaurs were able to live on every continent on Earth. Dinosaur bones have been found in freezing Antarctica. The fact that dinosaurs could live almost anywhere shows how adaptable they were.
Creatures of the Deep
Millions of years ago, the prehistoric seas and oceans were packed with swimming reptiles. Some, such as Megalodon, were as big as school buses! Smaller sea creatures swam alongside these extraordinary reptiles. Some of these, such as jellyfish and squid, are still around today.
End of the Dinosaurs
About 66 million years ago, a meteorite the size of Mount Everest crashed into Earth near what is now Mexico. The impact caused tidal waves, global wildfires, and altered the climate for thousands of years. It marked the end of 75 percent of all life on Earth, including all nonflying dinosaurs.
The birds we see alive today share many features with extinct theropod dinosaurs. These include three toes, beaks, wishbones, and feathers. Because of this, most dinosaur experts now believe that birds didn't just evolve from dinosaurs—they actually are dinosaurs.
About the Author
Dustin Growick is the educator at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. He is the author of DK's Utterly Amazing Dinosaur, published in 2016.
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I got this for my grandson who does have an interest in dinosaurs. He was spending the night and I told him he could keep the light on and look at the book for a little while. When I passed down the hall a couple of hours later, he had read until falling asleep with the book still open. The next morning, he was at it again. I am delighted to have him concentrate and be engaged with something that does not have a screen.
Truthfully, I can understand his involvement. I had no idea that there even where enough different dinosaurs to take up the entire alphabet or that dinosaurs came in so many different varieties and sizes (even one as small as a pigeon). The book provides the names with a pronunciation key, interesting facts about each one, what they ate, their size and points of reference to make it easy to visualize. Truly, you can spend half an hour in two or three pages or flip pages in a minute if that particular specimen doesn't fascinate you. I've left the book on the coffee table so he can lounge and look at his book whenever he wants, but I've found that visiting adults also find it interesting.
I'll probably never learn the names but I and my grandson have learned a great deal about a subject that, if we didn't have concrete evidence that they really did exist, would seem too fantastical to be real. I foresee that this book will be relevant and interesting for many years to come--so it's a good thing it's such a high quality book (heavy paper, great binding, durable cover).
It uses a good amount dinosaur vocabulary and has helped my 8 year old learn not only about dinosaurs but it has helped her add to her mental dictionary. She now knows paleontology and theropod among other terms. She did need some help from me with some terms and I often needed a refresher. Thankfully there's pretty good two page glossary. My ten year old boy is learning a lot on his own and I was able to teach him to use the glossary himself.
This book really focuses on all the dinosaurs. There's a brief introduction to the dinosaur time line and paleontology, but it really focus on giving you the name and some info on each dinosaur. I like how it has a person's silhouette picture on each page to give you an idea of how big the dinosaurs are compared to a man. It doesn't go very in-depth.
For a DK book, it's not huge. It's just under 150 pages. But it does have a lot of good info. I do think the Smithsonian book "Dinosaur!" does a better job of explaining everything related to Dinosaur. But I think this is a better introduction to all the exciting dinosaurs without getting as bogged down in the deeper info. If your kid really likes this book, you might want to try the Smithsonian book next.
It has great images. It makes all the dinosaurs look really exciting. It gives a good idea of all the variety of dinosaurs that existed. It's somewhat repetitive because a lot of the dinosaurs are somewhat similar, but it's a great book in small doses. My kids and I like it a lot.