This elegantly illustrated volume is a journey through more than two centuries of remarkable discovery. Books on dinosaurs are usually arranged by classification or epoch, but this unique work tells the story chronologically, in order of the key finds that shaped our understanding and brought these creatures to life for the public. From the fragmentary remains of giant extinct animals found in the early 1800s to the dinosaur wars in the American West to the amazing near-complete skeletons found around the world today, Darren Naish tells how these discoveries have led not only to the recognition of new species and whole new groups, but also to new theories of evolutionary history. Along the way, we encounter dinosaurs both familiar and obscure-including Tyrannosaurus rex, the giant sauropods, and most recently, the feathered dinosaurs of China. As he describes these significant finds, Naish explains in clear, accessible language, how our ideas about dinosaur appearance, biology, and behavior have developed and changed over time, and what the state of knowledge is today.
• Discusses each major dinosaur group
• Illuminates the human side of fossil discoveries by describing explorers, scientists, and artists
• Beautifully designed pages feature extensive captions, engaging text, and sidebars throughout on select topics of interest
• Almost 200 illustrations include historical and contemporary photographs, art works, drawings, and maps
Darren Naish is Honorary Research Associate in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Among his books are Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, which he coauthored with David Lambert and Elizabeth Wyse, and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Evidence. How Did They Know That?, produced to accompany the acclaimed BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs.
“Photographs of fossils and illustrations of what dinosaurs might have looked like in the flesh help tell the story.”—Earth Magazine
“Reading this book will most definitely whet your appetite for donning your hiking boots, grabbing your rock hammer, and joining a dinosaur hunting expedition!”—Samantha Sands American Paleontologist
“ Best new coffee-table book.”—Cosmiclog, Msnbc.com
“What sets this book ahead of the rest of the pack is its design and layout that groups most items under discussion into well-arranged, double-paged spreads with well written text and well chosen photos or illustrations.”—Paleoblog
“An excellent book for dinosaur enthusiasts of any stripe. It is a beautifully-produced volume that is among the best summaries of dinosaur science presently available. It will no doubt be beloved by professional paleontologists and young dino-philes alike.”—Smithsonian.com/Dinosaur Tracking Blog
Outstanding Academic Title in Earth Science, Choice, a publication of the American Library Association