Dinosaurs have always captured the imagination like no other animal on Earth, and this encylopaedia aims to recreate their prehistoric lives. Arranged chronologically, it contains information about how we can interprete fossil finds which tell us about many aspects of this distant past. Two sections introduce the reader to the world of the dinosaurs, discussing how life on Earth began and how animals evolved, as well as how we know about the dinosaurs from the work of paleontologists and geologists.
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David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles for Kingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-10-A chronology of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings in a primordial sea to a brief look at the Tertiary and Quaternary (including a quick flick into human evolution). Divided into broad subjects ("The Age of Ancient Life," "Armored Dinosaurs," etc.), which are again subdivided ("The Burgess Shale," "Triassic animals," etc.), the book focuses on dinosaurs, but provides a broad spectrum of other life-forms and the evolutionary landscapes in which they lived. With a longer and more cohesive text than David Lambert's Dinosaur Encyclopedia (DK, 2001), this volume demands a more concentrated effort to read. However, Burnie's style is quite approachable and should prove no problem to determined dinophiles. A time line across the tops of relevant pages allows easy placement in time of referenced animals. The numerous illustrations are colorful and inviting; color photos are used where possible. Diagrams include such disparate subjects as a stegosaurian nervous system and a cladogram of advanced therapods (the sole mention of cladistics in the book, other than the glossary). Theories on dinosaur endothermia, the cause of mass extinctions, and the course of bird evolution are included. Though a list of Web sites is given, no further readings are suggested, and no bibliographic/source notes are provided. More demanding and more up-to-date than Dougal Dixon's The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (1988), this new fodder for budding paleontologists will be met with pleased approbation.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Descripción Kingfisher Books Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110753405369