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Dinosaurs - The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops Hardcover – Sep 17 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615192123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615192120
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Main Selection of Scientific American Book Club

“This richly illustrated volume presents the latest perspectives on dinosaur lore, feathers and all, with field notes from famed paleontologist Jack Horner.”
—NBC Science News

“Remarkably all-encompassing and superbly illustrated . . . A fascinating tome that will appeal to children and adults.”
—Huffington Post

“If there is one book you should give as a gift to any dinosaur fan . . . this is it.”
—Staten Island Advance

“Dramatic illustrations and silhouettes of the dinosaur accompany each profile...A good, inexpensive choice for those who want the most up-to-date, comprehensive information on dinosaurs.”—Booklist

“If you’ve got a kid who’s wild about dinosaurs, this is the book you need to get.”—GeekDad blog
 

About the Author

As a small boy in the early 1980s nothing seemed more exciting to Keiron Pim than a visit to London’s renowned Natural History Museum, where he would gaze up at the Diplodocus skeleton and later depart clutching some little dinosaur-related memento: an eraser shaped like Stegosaurus, a lurid poster of a Jurassic scene, or a book crammed with dino-facts. It would have blown his four-year-old mind to know that thirty years later a book on dinosaurs would be his first publication. Keiron, married with three young daughters, is a writer and journalist now based in Norfolk, England.


John “Jack” Horner is one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, credited with finding the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos. He served as the inspiration for Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, and as the technical advisor on all of the Jurassic Park films. Horner is Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and Regents Professor of Paleontology at Montana State University.


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The illustrations that are there are awesome and the natural and archeological history write ups are neat. I like the chronological order, side panels and sub sections throughout. It would be better to get more artists involved so more great artwork could be included, many pages simply show a dinosaurs silhouette. Also a table of contents would be helpful to navigate sections and revisit subsections!
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If you're expecting plenty of brilliant illustrations, as other people said, don't get this book. But the information is there and detailed, and i'm satisfied with the drawings there are. As an artist myself, I would have liked more drawings of the dinosaurs, so thats why I gave it 4 stars.
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this book is just amazing but plz add the hight. any way i would rate this (if possible) 1000000 stars!!!!!!!!!! oh and plz write one every year just tocatch up on all the paleontologyl discoverys but at the end of the year.
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An amazing amount of information in this book. A must have for anyone thats interested in prehistoric life.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b83306c) out of 5 stars 66 reviews
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac88a8c) out of 5 stars This book was exactly what I was searching for! Jan. 8 2015
By Alexis Fitze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a perfect first book for learning about dinosaur breeds, what period they're from, how to pronounce their names and what they mean, their statistics, and their discovery history. It gives an easy and organized visual to help break all these things down so it's not a boring read. I'd suggest it for most people who love learning about these creatures and wanting to extend their knowledge in dinosaurs. I would not suggest it however if you have started a dinosaur library and are already pretty knowledgeable in them. It's definitely a beginner's guide - comparable to a 101 college class let's say. I attached an example of a page about a dinosaur to see the layout (my favorite dinosaur too!).
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac88ae0) out of 5 stars The weren't as many colored pictures as I would have liked, but those that were in the book more ... Oct. 9 2014
By Kenneth Miranda - Published on Amazon.com
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It works as a dinosaur reference, but if you are looking for something a little more in depth, you might consider looking elsewhere. Perhaps you might consider Robert T. Bakker's Dinosaur Heresies or Dinosaur Odyssey. The weren't as many colored pictures as I would have liked, but those that were in the book more than made up for this deficiency. All in all, this is a pretty solid book on those amazing creatures called dinosaurs.
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HASH(0x9ac88dbc) out of 5 stars Two Stars Dec 31 2014
By Ricardo Pinto da Rocha - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good data on dinos but, incredible disappointing grayscale illustrations. The cover is the best illustration of the book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac88cb4) out of 5 stars Great sweeping overview of known dinosaus Oct. 27 2014
By in His Name - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent volume, including many species only announced in the last two years. Great reference for the many species that have been discovered. While not all known dinosaus are included, nor could they realistically fit in one volume, those missing have close relatives feature and this facilitates comprehension of the families and types of the vast range of dinosaurs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac88ea0) out of 5 stars Ok overall, lacking visually. Aug. 1 2015
By Norrin Radd - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm frankly amazed at the high percentage of "five-star" reviews. Certainly this book does give a nice variety of data on a large number of dinos and other Mesozoic critters. But for most "dino fans," a big factor is that they "look cool." We like seeing good artistic renderings of what they (are believed to have) looked like. This book is sadly lacking. Most of the "illustrations" are mere black silhouettes. Many of the rest are gray-scale drawings. Only a relative few are full-color. I'd have much preferred a tome twice as thick with at least twice as many full-color renderings, even if it meant twice the price.

Lesser but still annoying complaints:

-- I have some issues with the organization. It would have been nice to see all the "horned dinosaurs," "armored dinosaurs," "theropods," etc. grouped together for easy comparison.

-- I was disappointed to see old "friends" given sadly short shrift. Styracosaurus, for one, was denied a full-page spread, and instead was relegated to a single paragraph on a "and there were also these critters" sort of page.


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