Dinosaurs - The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About

Dinosaurs - The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About There is nothing I lovethan a good list style book with information, and images about different species of things This one was fantastic The author manages, on each dinosaur to give you the facts you need and to make it interesting, at least in some small way The little asides and one or two page interludes on Dino adjacent facts were nice touches that broke up the listing style of the narration The artwork is also fantastic, I loved the full color spreads we got occasionally througho There is nothing I lovethan a good list style book with information, and images about different species of things This one was fantastic The author manages, on each dinosaur to give you the facts you need and to make it interesting, at least in some small way The little asides and one or two page interludes on Dino adjacent facts were nice touches that broke up the listing style of the narration The artwork is also fantastic, I loved the full color spreads we got occasionally throughout This particular style of book is not one most people try to read cover to cover, but if you are the oddball that enjoys that or have a teen or kid that loves dinosaurs this is a fantastic read Even if you want to have a handy reference for dinosaurs I think it s worth checking out A visual trove of thandinosaurs, with key anatomy, geology, history, and theory at a glance We live in a golden age of paleontological discovery the perfect time to dig in to the spectacular world of dinosaurs From Aardonyx, a lumbering beast that formed a link between two and four legged dinosaurs, to Zuniceratops, who boasted a deadly pair of horns, Dinosaurs The Grand Tour details everything worth knowing about thandinosaurs The important discoveries and gory details touch on topics from geology, anatomy, and evolution to astronomy and even Native American and Chinese myth Fascinating facts abound Giganotosaurus was longer, two tons heavier, and had bigger jaws than T RexThe poison spitting Dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park wasn t actually venomous at all Because of its bizarre single clawed hands, scientists now believe Mononykus was a prehistoric predecessor of the anteater Illustrations on virtually every page, true to the latest findings, bring these prehistoric creatures to life in all their razor sharp, long necked, spiny, scaly glory An excellent introduction to the world of dinosaurs, written in a way that is accessible and not condescending. Rawwwrrrrrr From the Good Mother lizard Maiasaura to the Tyrant Lizard T Rex these monsters have descriptive names Many ancient monster myths probably arose from the existence of large animals that had been witnessed only in the form of bones that surfaced in desert, sand, and mud These people who told stories of dragons, Griffiths, and Quetzalcoatl s were struggling to provide a framework to explain the beasts they saw evidence of from a long forgotten era Twas brillig, and the slith Rawwwrrrrrr From the Good Mother lizard Maiasaura to the Tyrant Lizard T Rex these monsters have descriptive names Many ancient monster myths probably arose from the existence of large animals that had been witnessed only in the form of bones that surfaced in desert, sand, and mud These people who told stories of dragons, Griffiths, and Quetzalcoatl s were struggling to provide a framework to explain the beasts they saw evidence of from a long forgotten era Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe Quoted from Dinosaurs, taken originally from Through the Looking Glass as the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll originally meant the borogoves as nonsense creatures, and now the Borogovia, a carnivorous dinosaur bears the name Likewise, scientists and bone hunters alike struggle to reconstruct a dinosaur from sometimes as little as a tooth, to as much as 90% orof a whole skeleton They take the available bone or bones and draw a picture, filling in the unknowns from characteristics of what a beast with a tooth or bone that size would look like if it had features similar to supposed relatives In this way, models and reconstructions are formed But, some of them areor less exact replicas of the internal bone structure Scientists mechanically blew air through the skull of a Parasaurolophus to see how they might have sounded with the mysterious long pipe on the top of their heads You can hear it on Youtube Dinosaur SoundsI found another cute video about the Parasaurolophus while looking for that video too, which I will share here as well Dinosaur CartoonAnd, some game play from Jurassic Park Evolution the Game which has the parasaurolophus being released Jurassic Park Game PlayI would say I m speechless, but it would be a lie It s not easy to quit talking about dinosaurs with so much new information about these old dead bones It s not like I haven t kept up since the bone wars or anything like that There was plenty known when I was in High School And, ever since I ve read what I could find But,bones are found all the time And,is learned almost on a yearly basis worldwide Even in Antarctica This book describes dinosaur footprint locations and egg finds, as well as the guesswork involved in trying to build a dinosaur from as little as a tooth in some cases, to as much as a fully preserved skeleton in other cases, and anywhere in between It also shares info about the notorious false claims On a recent paleontological trip to Barnes Noble in Rome, Georgia, I found this awesome book of dinosaurs While sipping a cup of coffee and glancing at the many drawings and illustrations after our purchase, my husband came over to where I sat in the coffee shop with a surprise He d discovered an equally prolific book of dinosaurs displayed near the registers after buying this one So, he d bought it too It was just 12.00, where this book had been 30.00 So, I set out reading the two of them together, in hopes of comparing the quality This book does not have a table of contents, so I ended up making my own, and cross referencing the dinos in both books on a spread sheet Everyone knows there are a lot of dinosaurs out there, currently over 1200 I think It matters how many dinos you are getting in the book, especially for any child who loves dinosaurs This book had some 200 dinosaurs, and another 20 prehistoric animals that were not dinos, but equally important to most dinosaur lovers The other book, Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals, has a fewthan that It has approximately 211 total dinosaurs and 59 prehistoric non dinosaur animals Of this count, there were about 88 dinos that made their star appearances in both books, along with 3 prehistoric animals equally as well loved Having both books means I have almost a total of 400 different animals between them Both books are very high quality works This book was first published under another name in Great Britain in 2013 The other book was published in 2018, and has a table of contents listing the page numbers for each dino, and the format is much better That one is about twice the size LW as this book With the cheaper price the huge pictures anddinos make it a better buy This book labels each dinosaur by its scientific double name, where the bigger one gives the primary name, the one we all know them by, and then gives the full order family genus species across the top, which helps assimilate the groupings of dinosaurs Both books include chronological order, info about the Science, illustrations, and the geological eras, as well as a bit of theories But, mostly they feature dinosaurs Neither book goes into an introduction about the larger classification system, but instead makes it fun by giving you the prehistoric animals themselves This one sometimes mention within a dinosaur s details whether it is a Sauropod herbivore, Theropod carnivore, or a Cerapod like the Ceratops and Pachycephalosaurias, or a Thyreophod like the Stegosaurs and Ankylosaurs But, it isof a bottom up approach to giving you the details first, then allowing you to form conclusions Little is given about the meaning of most animals names But, the other book gives descriptions for every name My recommendation would be the other book, if you are choosing one dinosaur book to start with for you or a child But, both books are great and any child should be thrilled with either book I m sharing the review for both books, for those who are interested in comparing.An example of an amazing fact Usain Bolt today could outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex Lucky for him this was the most informative and intelligent novel about dinosaurs I ve read, one finally marketed to adults, instead of the usual child. I got this for my neices birthday, ahes a dinosur nut and I think she will love it This is a gorgeous, well designed book thats very thorough Each page is dedicated to a different dinosaur, there are keys on each page which gives a snap shot of its life style whether it was a carnivore, omnivore, insectavore, piscasaurous, high grazer, low grazer etc Height, weight, era it lived in and what area of the globe it inhabited Theres a few paragraphs of info on each dinosaur, and an artists inte I got this for my neices birthday, ahes a dinosur nut and I think she will love it This is a gorgeous, well designed book thats very thorough Each page is dedicated to a different dinosaur, there are keys on each page which gives a snap shot of its life style whether it was a carnivore, omnivore, insectavore, piscasaurous, high grazer, low grazer etc Height, weight, era it lived in and what area of the globe it inhabited Theres a few paragraphs of info on each dinosaur, and an artists interpretation is almost always included, or at least a siloutte of what it would look like if there are no artists drawings The book is divided into Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and they are all color coded so its easy to flip to the era you want Its also aesthetically pleasing The page paper quality is fantastic, it will be durable for kids There are quizzes that accompany each era to make itengaging There are small sections dedicated to important scientists in this field and their contributions,small anatomy lessons, diagrams on how the continents shifted through the eras, a few pages dedicated to North American dinosaurs as well as sites open to the public for people who want to visit fossil sites and dinosaur tracks Theres also a section at the end on the extinction of the dinosaurs If you have a kid that loves dinosaurs this would be a great gift This book is a great primer for the contemporary state of our understanding of dinosaurs at least up to 2015 It s a field that develops fast so it d be nice to see them do an updated edition, soon In buying this I suspected I d use itas a spot reference source, but I ended up reading it cover to cover and quite enjoyed the ride.The bulk of the book looks at a huge sample of dinosaurs, listed in order of their evolutionary appearance For each dino, the book lists the period it lived, t This book is a great primer for the contemporary state of our understanding of dinosaurs at least up to 2015 It s a field that develops fast so it d be nice to see them do an updated edition, soon In buying this I suspected I d use itas a spot reference source, but I ended up reading it cover to cover and quite enjoyed the ride.The bulk of the book looks at a huge sample of dinosaurs, listed in order of their evolutionary appearance For each dino, the book lists the period it lived, the size, the diet, a name pronunciation guide, and delivers an overview of the critical characteristics as discussing the history of the fossil s discovery The book provides illustrations, but not for every dino entry.At random points between clusters of dino spec entries, the book digresses with short treatments on related subjects like the value of fossilized dino poo, the famous 19th Bone Wars , the process of discovering the Chicxulub crater, how we re coming to get a grip on dino colors, andThe diversions are a welcome break in the books primary m.o and are quite engaging.I d definitely say this book is novice level, but its not a book for kids but rather for the adult with some interest in the subject and a basic science background 4.5Loved the way the information in this was set out It was so easy on the eyes the adult textbook style is much nicer than walls of text and there was still a lot of detail on each page It also had quizzes I m sure the second edition will be 5 stars as it seems to have even better artwork, judging by other reviews, so I will be checking that out at some point.Very cool that the author isnt an expert, but a very passionate dinosaur enthusiast and that he says if he had known that he would p 4.5Loved the way the information in this was set out It was so easy on the eyes the adult textbook style is much nicer than walls of text and there was still a lot of detail on each page It also had quizzes I m sure the second edition will be 5 stars as it seems to have even better artwork, judging by other reviews, so I will be checking that out at some point.Very cool that the author isnt an expert, but a very passionate dinosaur enthusiast and that he says if he had known that he would publish a book about dinosaurs 30 years after his first visit to The Natural History Museum at four years old, it would have blown his tiny mind Congratulations and awesome book While I like the organization of this book, its content leaves something to be desired It illustrates Appalachiosaurus with three fingered hands while it should most definitely have two , features pronated hands palms facing down in other illustrations which would be impossible without breaking the dinosaur s wrists, and has an outdated illustration of Tsintaosaurus reflecting the original unicorn hadrosaur interpretation Even at the time of this book s recent publication, these issues While I like the organization of this book, its content leaves something to be desired It illustrates Appalachiosaurus with three fingered hands while it should most definitely have two , features pronated hands palms facing down in other illustrations which would be impossible without breaking the dinosaur s wrists, and has an outdated illustration of Tsintaosaurus reflecting the original unicorn hadrosaur interpretation Even at the time of this book s recent publication, these issues were understood As far as I know, each of these problems persists in the second edition of the book A solid, clear, educational look at both well known and obscure dinosaurs This is clearly written by someone with a large body of knowledge about the field with an eye toward a lay audience, but it also doesn t talk down to the reader or otherwise oversimplify I came away feeling like I definitely knewand had been let in to the world of paleontology a little bit , which is exactly what I should feel from a book about dinosaurs If you want to knowabout the subject, this is high A solid, clear, educational look at both well known and obscure dinosaurs This is clearly written by someone with a large body of knowledge about the field with an eye toward a lay audience, but it also doesn t talk down to the reader or otherwise oversimplify I came away feeling like I definitely knewand had been let in to the world of paleontology a little bit , which is exactly what I should feel from a book about dinosaurs If you want to knowabout the subject, this is highly recommended

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