This book is the most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs and dinosaur science. In addition to entries on specific animals such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor, the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs covers reproduction, behavior, physiology, and extinction. The book is generously illustrated with many detailed drawings and photographs, and includes color pictures and illustrations that feature interpretations of the best known and most important animals. All alphabetical entries are cross-referenced internally, as well as at the end of each entry. The Encyclopedia includes up-to-date references that encourage the reader to investigate personal interests.
• The most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs
• Includes many detailed drawings, photographs and illustrations in both color and black-and-white
• Contains comprehensively cross-referenced alphabetical entries with internal references, as well as references at the conclusion of each entry
• Provides in-depth references, allowing readers to pursue independent interests
• Includes sixteen plates and 35 color illustrations
Although this is definitely an adult reference book, libraries with young dinosaur aficionados should prick up their ears. Topics are arranged alphabetically, with generous cross-referencing. The articles are written by experts; for instance, John Horner has penned an article that discusses his discoveries about dinosaur parental care. Besides chapters on individual dinosaurs, this book covers some intriguing territory, including topics such as 'Diet,' 'Color,' 'Problems with the Fossil Record,' and 'Size and Scaling' (which explains how extinct dinosaurs are weighed). There are also articles about specific digs and sites. Most of the articles cite references. Small black-and-white illustrations and a few color plates expand on the text. What most recommends this densely written volume is that it brings readers straight to the facts, fresh from the scientists' mouths, instead of filtering the information through an intermediary writer. -- Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library