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L'Encyclopédie Delachaux des Dinosaures

By: Gregory S Paul (Author)

320 pages, 600+ colour illustrations

Delachaux et Niestle

Hardback | Oct 2014 | #219335 | ISBN-13: 9782603020128
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Language: French

A large-format field guide to the true dinosaurs – the Tetrapoda (excludes pterosaurs and marine reptiles). Dinosaur taxonomy is complex and contentious, and while more than 1 500 species have been claimed, many records are based on partial remains or are without adequate scientific documentation. The author recognises 600+ species. An extensive introduction treats a wide range of topics from taxonomy, evolution, biology and behaviour to a discussion of fossil discoveries and paleontological research.

The bulk of the book is devoted to full treatment of the five dinosaur groups: protodinosaurs; predatory dinosaurs and protobirds; prosauropods; sauropods; and ornithiscians. After each family introduction, the species text includes biometrics, fossil remains (proportion of full animal recovered and sites at which specimens have been found), age, distribution and formations, habitat (where known), and habits (mainly based on anatomical features).

The level of knowledge about species varies considerably and this is fully reflected in the species accounts. Many of the species descriptions are accompanied by black-and-white anatomical reconstructions and/or skull diagrams as well as numerous colour renderings of the complete animal. There are also supplementary illustrations – eggs, trackways, herds, juveniles and so forth – and evocative colour and black-and-white 'scenes' of dinosaur behaviour.

Summary in French:
Gregory S. Paul, chercheur et illustrateur de réputation mondiale, présente un panorama visuel et textuel exhaustif sur ces grands animaux du Mésozoïque qui sont – assez paradoxalement – les lointains ancêtres de nos oiseaux.

Intégralement les recherches et les découverts les plus récentes, qui ont radicalement transformé l’état de nos connaissances sur les dinosaures, ce livre se distingue par sa minutie scientifique comme par la quantité et la qualité de ses illustrations.

Il fournit la description de plus de 735 espèces, et offre aussi plus de 600 illustrations incluant des dessins de squelettes, des études « sur le vif » et des reconstitutions.

Le catalogue des espèces, abondamment illustré, est précédé d’une introduction très complète qui couvre l’histoire et la biologie des dinosaures, l’extinction des espèces non aviennes, l’origine des oiseaux et l’histoire de la paléontologie. Elle propose même – sur le mode de la science-fiction – une idée de ce qu’aurait pu être une expédition de recherche du vivant des dinosaures.


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