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Title:
The concise dinosaur encyclopedia
Author:
Burnie, David.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Kingfisher, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The Kingfisher illustrated dinosaur encyclopedia, 2001.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Life in the distant past -- The age of ancient life -- The age of reptiles -- Plant-eating giants -- Ornithopods -- The meat eaters -- Giant meat eaters -- Armored dinosaurs -- Reptiles in the air -- Reptiles in the sea -- The age of mammals.
ISBN:
9780753457542
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia is the most compact and comprehensive volume available for all the family. This portable encyclopedia uses a highly visual approach to a popular subject, with show-stopping artwork of dinosaurs in action. The book combines hard facts with interesting and intriguing feature spreads detailing dinosaur lifestyle, behavior, families, and habitat.

From how life on earth began and how animals evolved to the catastrophic events that brought about the end of the dinosaurs, this book is a must for every dinosaur enthusiast. Timelines, a detailed glossary, and a comprehensive index help guide the reader through the book.


Author Notes

David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles forKingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The paper-over-board, highly portable The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Burnie takes an exhaustive look at the beginning and development of life on earth with a focus on the evolution and reign of the dinosaurs. Realistically rendered illustrations plus photos of fossils and dinosaur discoveries bring fresh life to these ancient creatures and landscapes, as Burnie details the latest scientific theories about hundreds of dinosaurs. Interludes on modern fossil searching and various theories about the lives of dinosaurs are included. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Life in the Distant Pastp. 9
The beginning of lifep. 10
Earth's first animalsp. 12
How animals evolvep. 14
Evidence from the pastp. 16
How fossils formp. 18
Studying fossilsp. 20
Continents on the movep. 22
Setbacks and disastersp. 24
Dividing up timep. 26
The Age of Ancient Lifep. 27
The Cambrian Periodp. 28
Cambrian animalsp. 30
The Burgess Shalep. 32
The Ordovician Periodp. 36
Ordovician animalsp. 38
The Silurian Periodp. 40
Silurian animalsp. 42
The Devonian Periodp. 44
Devonian animalsp. 46
The Carboniferous Periodp. 48
Carboniferous animalsp. 50
The Permian Periodp. 52
Permian animalsp. 54
End of an erap. 56
The Age of Reptilesp. 57
The Triassic Periodp. 58
Triassic animalsp. 60
Early dinosaursp. 64
The Jurassic Periodp. 66
The Cretaceous Periodp. 68
Dinosaur groupsp. 70
Plant-Eating Giantsp. 71
Cetiosaursp. 74
Brachiosaurs and Camarasaursp. 76
Feeding on plantsp. 78
Diplodocidsp. 80
A question of sizep. 84
Fossil hunting in South Americap. 86
Titanosaursp. 88
Ornithopodsp. 91
Life in a groupp. 94
Hypsilophodontsp. 96
Fabrosaurs and Heterodontosaursp. 98
Iguanodontsp. 100
Colors and camouflagep. 102
Hadrosaursp. 104
Fossil hunting in Asiap. 108
Soundsp. 112
The Meat Eatersp. 113
Ceratosaursp. 116
Moving on two legsp. 118
Studying dinosaur tracksp. 120
Bird mimicsp. 122
Dromaeosaursp. 124
Troodontsp. 126
Dinosaur brainsp. 128
Eggs and parental carep. 130
The origin of birdsp. 132
Early birdsp. 134
Giant Meat Eatersp. 135
Carnosaursp. 138
Megalosaurs and Segnosaursp. 140
Allosaursp. 142
Tyrannosaursp. 144
Fossil hunting in North Americap. 146
Were dinosaurs warm-blooded?p. 148
Armored Dinosaursp. 151
Dinosaur defensesp. 152
Ceratopsidsp. 154
Stegosaursp. 158
Fossil hunting in Africap. 160
Weapons and ornamentsp. 162
Nodosaurs and Ankylosaursp. 164
Dome-headed dinosaursp. 166
Dinosaur droppingsp. 168
Reptiles in the Airp. 169
Wings of skinp. 170
Long-tailed pterosaursp. 172
Pterodactylsp. 175
How pterosaurs fedp. 180
How pterosaurs bredp. 182
Reptiles in the Seap. 183
Adapting to life in waterp. 184
Nothosaursp. 186
Plesiosaursp. 188
Pliosaursp. 190
Ichthyosaursp. 192
Swimming stylesp. 194
Fossil hunting in Europep. 198
Mosasaursp. 200
Shelled reptilesp. 202
The Age of Mammalsp. 203
The end of the dinosaursp. 204
Early Tertiaryp. 206
Late Tertiaryp. 208
Quaternaryp. 210
Human evolutionp. 214
Glossaryp. 217
Index and web sitesp. 219