320 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps
Dinosaurus was published in 2003, now 13 years have passed during which there have been dozens of discoveries. Many incredible discoveries made 2015 a banner year. For example:
- Yi qi ("ee chee", "strange wing"), the earliest known flying non-avian dinosaur
- The "Chicken from Hell", a bird-like beaked, clawed and feathered dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas
- Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of Velociraptor, suggests that this family has been inaccurately depicted. The new 5-foot-long dino more resembles a feathered poodle than the brute of Jurassic Park.
- "Superduck," at 5 tons and with a mate-attracting head crest it is thought to be a missing link between two other known duck-billed head-crested dinosaur species.
Perhaps most exciting is that in 2016 the American Museum of Natural History opened a new exhibition featuring the astonishing, newly discovered 122-foot-long titanosaur, yet to be named. The plant-eating colossus is the largest dinosaur ever found – it weighed around 77 tons – as much as 14 or 15 African elephants!
No other life-form captures the imagination like dinosaurs. Organized by the major dinosaur families, Dinosaurus identifies 500 species. It describes in detail and stunning illustrations what they looked like, what they ate and how they fought, lived and died.
The features include:
- Concise explanations of species' traits and habits
- Vivid full-colour illustrations representing life among the dinosaurs
- Stunning colour photographs of dinosaur discoveries
- Latin name, translation and pronunciation
- Height specifics and comparison to humans
- Diet and habitat
- Global distribution
Brimming with research from digs in North America, Mongolia, Europe, China and elsewhere, Dinosaurus is an encyclopedic and vividly illustrated reference for all ages.
Reviews of the first edition:
"Written by an expert who can't help but convey his enthusiasm [...] an excellent resource [...] I would highly recommend this book, especially as a library resource."
– Jacqueline Pfeiffer, Science and Children on 01/07/2005
"Magnificent in its breadth and illustration. Arrangement is by group, and 500 dinosaurs are described."
– RBB Booklist on 01/03/2004
"Comprehensive in scope [...] Filled with abundance of information [...] An attractive and consistent layout contributes to the book's appeal as does the plethora of fabulous illustrations [...] An excellent reference book."
– Gail Hamilton, CM Magazine on 27/02/2004
"Lavishly illustrated, this hefty book proves again why dinosaurs are so enduringly fascinating to so many."
– March Horton, Edmonton Journal on 21/12/2003
"Comprehensive, well-organized and cleverly illustrated [...] lively account of the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth."
– Keith Runyon, Louisville Courier-Journal on 14/12/2003
"Attractive drawings, well-designed graphic snapshots and accessible language."
– Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times on 10/12/2003
"Nice little factoids make this a winner [...] A great timeline from 540 million years ago to the present is fun."
– Princeton Times of Trenton on 07/12/2003
"The subtitle – The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs – is no lie [...] Information and illustrations and reconstructions of everything."
– Tom Oleson, Winnipeg Free Press on 07/12/2003
"Large, vivid illustrations grace every page and accompany data indicating how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, how big they were, where they roamed, and when they lived."
– Science News on 06/12/2003
"Not only lists and illustrates 700 known dinosaur species, but also puts dinosaurs into context."
–Kim Covert, Canadian Press on 03/12/2003
"The dinosaurs in this encyclopedia are remarkably lifelike creatures [...] accessible, nontechnical text [...] Each entry includes an ingenious fact file [...] Recommended for public libraries."
– Amy Brunvand, Library Journal on 01/12/2003
"Informative and fun."
– Bruce Dancis, Sacramento Bee on 30/11/2003
"If you're serious about dinos, this is the book for you [...] the paintings of the creatures in motion are riveting (and sometimes a little scary)."
– Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press on 23/11/2003
"Lavishly illustrated overview of the most interesting of these creatures [...] the latest scientific theories."
– Globe and Mail on 22/11/2003
Conquerors of the Land
The First Dinosaurs
The Small Meat-eaters
The Great Predators
Other Creatures of the Dinosaur Age
After the Dinosaurs
Picture credits and Acknowledgements
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Steve Parker is a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Sharks.