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Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, April 3, 2018
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|What It's About||Welcome to the world of dinosaurs! Walk with prehistoric giants in this complete guide to dinosaur life. It contains facts and stats about more than 150 different species of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures.||Discover the incredible lost world and meet dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. This dinosaur encyclopedia will tap into every child's natural curiosity and answer all their questions about these prehistoric creatures!||From unearthing fossils to well-known dinosaurs like Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, help your little dino-lover meet their favorite dinosaurs face-to-face! They will love sinking their teeth into this exciting encyclopedia.||This children's encyclopedia is not simply a catalog of facts and photos - it is a visual celebration of the history of dinosaurs. See more than 100 dinosaur species come to life in spectacular detail through beautifully illustrated artworks.|
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- Publisher : DK Children; 2nd edition (April 3, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1465470115
- ISBN-13 : 978-1465470119
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : NC1120L
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 2.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.81 x 0.91 x 11.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By J.T. on July 26, 2018
Since the book has no list of references, other than photos, it would be nice if more historical detail and brief descriptions of how these details have changed would be welcome.
For example, there is currently a debate about how scientists classify dinosaurs, which rates a single sentence at the end of page 162. Likewise, the 'largest dinosaur' debate rages on and has been fueled by some recent fossils unearthed in Argentina.
The section on Titanosaurs on pp. 162-163 definitely need rewriting. There needs to be a picture of the giant scale model of Patagotitan Mayorum constructed in the Chubut province of Patagonia in this section as well.
Furthermore, important information, like the process of how scientists estimate the size and weight of dinosaurs from fossil remains is never mentioned. This process is important and is constantly being reevaluated.
Ditto for the process of dating fossils, which is missing although it too is a very debatable topic that is constantly undergoing revision. The sections in the introduction, "All about fossils" and "A look at size', need to address these.
So overall a decent visual representation of the subject, but not for inquisitive kids in their tweens.
I am confident many readers could find better detail by just doing google searches on many of the sections.
I never saw the first edition of this book so I don't know what was 'updated' but I think DK could have done a better job of locating facts that have been available online since 2014.
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and the great heat causing years of continuous downpours thus forming the seas and oceans from there life began. It is amazing some of the early creatures, before arthropods, looked fearsome Others looked like seaweed but were actually animals. It is without doubt a fascinating book well written and presented with very good pictures. They even offer the differing view of some palaeontologists an excellent book well worth reading
The topics were arranged logically so material is easy to find. As another reviewer pointed out, this deals with much more than just dinosaurs, but dinosaurs are still the major focus. It makes sense though to address the origin of the dinosaur body and to put them in their historical context, both before their reign and after, and to dedicate time to their successors, birds.
The writing is enhanced by the many high quality illustrations. I recognize many from Prehistoric Life but many stand out, especially dinosaurs in the Jurassic and Cretaceous, that are shown with more feathers and less scales that previous publications had, bringing these in line with our current understanding.
All in all I would recommend this as a solid general reference in any library for this subject and a good starting point for those wanting to learn more.