Both books are heavily illustrated with everything about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The Encyclopedia book has a very large section dedicated to pterosaurs that makes this one book worth the price alone for this content. For any lover of dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles, these books are excellent visual reference books. They may appear solely directed at youthful readers but the photos and information inside provide invaluable visual guides for everything from bone identification and type differences.
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"The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs" by Dr. David Norman and Dr. Peter Welnhofer. Hardcover. A detailed examination of the world of dinosaurs, their appearance, behavior, and families, describing current theories about their extinction and explaining how paleontologists study their fossilized remains. Like New.
"The Visual Dictionary of Dinosaurs" by DK Publishing. Hardcover. Excellent. Devoted to the specialized vocabulary of dinosaur anatomy and classification. It provides more than 200 brightly colored illustrations, charts, and incisive text. Although targeted at 10- to 12-year-olds, it will also appeal to older students and adults. The text does not talk down to readers by oversimplifying concepts or language. Full Latin names for dinosaurs are used. A comprehensive index assists readers in locating every dinosaur mentioned or illustrated in the book.
The volume is organized in two-page spreads for geological periods from the earliest, the Triassic, to the latest, the Cretaceous. These pages indicate what the earth looked like during the period. Following are double-page spreads on specific dinosaurs from small theropods to Ceratopsians. Other sections cover "Hands and Claws," "Feet and Tracks," "Dinosaur Relatives," and "Dinosaur Classification." This latter chart is elaborately color-coded with a clear key.
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