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Dinosaurs and prehistoric life
Richardson, Hazel.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2003.
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
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Includes index.
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QE862.D5 R53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The most comprehensive pocket guide to these early creatures and the world they inhabited millions of years ago. Published in association with the esteemed Smithsonian Institution, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life features authoritative text, crystal-clear artwork, and a systematic approach to its subject matter.

For ease of reference, the main body of the book is divided into three sections: the Precambrian and Palaeozoic eras, the Mesozoic era, and the Cenozoic era. Each section is broken down into its geological time periods, and, within these, the species are organized according to habitat--whether they lived on land, in the water, or in the air.

There are detailed profiles of 200 dinosaurs and other ancestors of modern animals. Each entry
combines a precise, jargon-free description with full-color artworks, skeletons, and replica models, annotated to pinpoint the key features of the species. Maps show where the animal's fossils have been found, and many profiles are supported by photographs to show actual excavation sites.

The guide is authored by Hazel Richardson, a former research scientist, lecturer, and teacher. She has written 15 science books, many of which have been published worldwide, as well as educational CDs and scientific articles.

Author Notes

Hazel Richardson is an author and editor of science books with a background in generic research. She's the author of 16 books, including Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals, Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley, and Life in Ancient Japan .

Table of Contents

How This Book Worksp. 6
Classification of Lifep. 8
What Were Dinosaurs?p. 10
Evolution of the Dinosaursp. 12
Mammal and Bird Evolutionp. 14
Geological Timep. 16
Fossil Evidencep. 18
Precambrian Timep. 20
Cambrian Periodp. 22
Ordovician Periodp. 24
Silurian Periodp. 26
Devonian Periodp. 28
Carboniferous Periodp. 30
Permian Periodp. 32
Mesozoic Erap. 34
Triassic Periodp. 36
On the Landp. 38
In the Oceansp. 52
In the Airp. 57
Jurassic Periodp. 58
On the Landp. 60
In the Waterp. 92
In the Airp. 98
Cretaceous Periodp. 104
On the Landp. 106
In the Waterp. 148
In the Airp. 154
Cenozoic Erap. 158
Early Tertiary Periodp. 160
On the Landp. 162
In the Waterp. 168
In the Airp. 170
Late Tertiary Periodp. 172
On the Landp. 174
In the Waterp. 184
In the Airp. 186
Quaternary Periodp. 188
On the Landp. 190
Additional Dinosaursp. 200
Glossaryp. 210
Indexp. 216
Acknowledgmentsp. 224