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Books on Dinosaurs

The Archive Library — June 2003

 

ALEXANDER, R. McNeill.
Dynamics of the Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Giants.
Using the methods of physics and engineering to try to discover how extinct animals could have lived and moved. 167 pages.
Columbia University Press, New York, 1989.

ALVAREZ, Walter
T.Rex and the Crater of Doom
The evidence for a great catastrophe in Earth's past—the impact of a body from outer space 65 million years ago excavated an enormous crater in the Yucatan Peninsula, and caused such a disturbance to the environment that a wide variety of plants and animals perished for ever. The most famous of the victims of this cataclysm was the great carnivorous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex. 189 pages.
Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1997.

AUGUSTA, Dr Joseph.
Prehistoric Animals.
Translated from the Czech by Dr Greta Horn; illustrated by Zdenek Burian. 47 pages, 60 plates.
Spring Books, London, 1956.

BAKKER, Robert.
The Dinosaur Heresies.
Almost certainly warm-blooded, dinosaurs played a crucial role in the developing history of life.
Illustrated by the author. 481 pages. Pbk reprint of 1986 edition.
Penguin Books, London, 1988.

BAKKER, Robert T.
Raptor Red
A tale of a year in the life of a dinosaur — the time is 120million years ago, the place the plains of prehistoric Utah. 241 pages.
Transworld Publishers/Bantam Press, London, 1995

BENTON, Dr Michael J.
On the trail of the Dinosaurs.
Looks at dinosaur distribution world-wide; analyses key modern finds—the dinosaur "graveyard" in the southern Sahara, dinosaur nests in Montana... 144 pages.
Kingfisher Books, London, 1989.

CADBURY, Deborah
The Dinosaur Hunters: A true story of scientific rivalry & the discovery of the prehistoric world
The bitter feud between Gideon Mantell and Richard Owen, which drove Mantell to despair while Owen secured unrivalled international acclaim. 374 pages.
Fourth Estate, London, 2000.

CHARIG, Alan.
A New Look at the Dinosaurs.
Back to basics and a general up-date on present knowledge.
160 pages.
Heinemann Ltd/British Museum (Nat. History), London, 1979.

CORFIELD, Richard
Architects of Eternity: The new science of fossils
The way fossils have been interpreted and classified in the past often tells us more about the political and moral agendas of the personalities involved than it does about prehistory. But it is to these larger-than-life personalities — from Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope battling it out in the wildernesses of 19thC Wyoming right up to the feuds of scientists today — that we owe our knowledge about the origins of life on earth. 338 pages
Headline, London, 2001

CZERKAS, Sylvia J. & Stephen A.
Dinosaurs: A Global View.
Lavishly illustrated by Stephen A. Czerkas, Mark Hallett, John Sibbick, and Douglas Henderson; the prehistoric past is brought to life in vivid images and complemented by 3 family trees, 27 maps and over 90 original skeletal drawings. The text provides a comprehensive overview that dispels many popular myths and controversial miscon-ceptions about dinosaurs. 247 pages.
Dragon's World Ltd, Limpsfield, 1990.

CZERKAS, Sylvia J. & OLSON, Everett C.
Dinosaurs Past and Present - Volume 1
Produced for the international travelling exhibition, 'Dinosaurs Past and Present', and the Symposium held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on 15 February 1986.

Robert T. Bakker, The Return of the Dancing Dinosaurs; George Callison, Small Problems: Biological Implications of Tiny Dinosaurs; Martin G. Lockley, Dinosaur Trackways; Mark Hallett, Bringing Dinosaurs to Life; Dale A.Russell, Models & Paintings of North American Dinosaurs; David D. Gillette, The Age of Transition: Coelophysis and the Late Triassic Chinle Fauna.
164 pages..
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/University of Washington Press, 1987.

CZERKAS, Sylvia J. & OLSON, Everett C.
Dinosaurs Past and Present - Volume 2

Gregory S.Paul, The Science & Art of Restoring the Life Appearance of Dinosaurs & their Relatives: a Rigorous How-to Guide; John R. Horner, Ecologic and Behavioural Implications derived from a Dinosaur Nesting Site; Kevin Padian, The Case of the Bat-Winged Pterosaur; Stephen A. Czerkas, A Reevaluation of the Plate Arrangement on Stegosaurus stenops; Philip J. Currie, New Approaches to studying Dinosaurs in Dinosaur Provincial Park; J.Keith Rigby, Jr, The Last of the North American Dinosaurs.
150 pages.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/University of Washington Press, 1987

DeSALLE, Rob & LINDLEY, David.
The Science of Jurassic Park and The Lost World or, How to Build a Dinosaur
Trying to build a dinosaur may be beyond us at the moment, but an attempt in the laboratory of the mind makes for gripping reading.
194 pages
HarperCollins, London, 1997.

DESMOND, Adrian.
The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs.
The mid-1970s revolutionary discoveries suggested that dinosaurs were not only warm-blooded but were also agile, sociable animals.
A corrected reprint of the 1977 edition. 287 pages.
Hutchinson Radius, London, 1990.

DODSON, Peter
The Horned Dinosaurs: A Natural History
The horned dinosaurs, a group of rhinoceros-like creatures that lived 100 to 65 million years ago, included one of the most popular dinosaurs studied today—Triceratops, a herbivore that displayed remarkable strength in its ability to fight off Tyrannosaurus rex. From the badlands of the Red Deer River in Alberta to the Gobi Desert, fossil evidence is pieced together to describe the ceratopsians — their anatomy, biology, and geography — and how they dealt with their dangerous environment. 346 pages.
Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1996.

DUNCAN, Jody.
The Making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
The making of the sequel to Jurassic Park. 165 pages.
Boxtree, London, 1997.

ELDREDGE, Niles.
Fossils: The Evolution & Extinction of Species.
Extinction is vital to the evolutionary process. Relatively mild extinction events are typically followed by the evolution of new species and genera. Larger, more inter-regional extinctions, with their greater effects on number and size of groups that disappear, have correspondingly greater effects on subsequent evolution.
Photography by Murray Alcosser. 220 pages.
Princeton Univ.Press, New Jersey, 1991.

FIFFER, Steve
Tyrranosaurus SUE — the extraordinary saga of the largest, most fought over T.Rex ever found
For more than 65 million years, Sue rested in her Cretaceous coffin, to be dug out into a world of legal battles and rivalry as firece in their way as anything she faced when alive... 248 pages.
W.H. Freeman & Co., NY, 2000.

GARDOM, Tim & MILNER, Angela.
The Natural History Museum Book of Dinosaurs.
Based on research undertaken for the Museum's permanent 'Dinosaurs' gallery, and illustrated by John Sibbick. 128 pages.
Carlton Books/The Natural History Museum, London, 1993.

GASCOIGNE, Marc.
The Dinosaur Investigator's Handbook.
A general guide for the youthful investigator. 135 pages.
Puffin Books, London, 1997.

GILLETTE, David D.
Seismosaurus: The Earth Shaker
The discovery and excavation of Seismosaurus hallorum the longest dinosaur yet known, and possibly the largest land animal ever to have lived, completed in 1993. 205 pages.
Columbia UP, NY, 1994.

HAINES, Tim
Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History
Re-creates the age of these super-beasts vividly depicting the landscape in which they lived and the brutal lifestyle they endured.
288 pages
BBC Worldwide Ltd, London, 1999.

HORNER, John R. & DOBB, Edwin.
Dinosaur Lives: Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga.
Offers new evidence and arguments regarding the major dinosaur controversies of the day. 244 pages.
HarperCollins, New York, 1997.

JOHNSON, Michael.
Flying Dinosaurs: Amazing Ready-to-Make Models that Fly and Glide.
Eight colourful, lifelike flying model pterosaurs - from the pterodactyl to the dimorphodon. Introduction by Angela Milner.
Contemporary Books, Chicago, 1990.

LAKES, Arthur:
(Edited by KOHL, Michael F. & McINTOSH, John S.)
Discovering Dinosaurs in the Old West: The Field Journals of Arthur Lakes
In its earliest days, vertebrate paleontology was dominated by two competitive scientists, O.C. Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, each straining to excavate more dinosaur fossils from newfound sites in Colorado and Wyoming. Arthur Lakes—teacher, writer, artist, and ordained minister, as well as a trained geologist—made some of the most extraordinary of the Marsh team's discoveries. Lakes's field journals record his participation between 1877 and 1880 in these two early, influential dinosaur digs unearthing the enormous vertebrae, femurs, humeri, ribs, teeth and claws of apatosaurus, stegosaurus, and allosaurus. 198 pages.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, 1997.

LAMBERT, David.
Dinosaur Data Book: the definitive, fully illustrated encyclopedia of dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles.
The Age of Dinosaurs / A to Z of Dinosaurs / Dinosaurs Classified / Dinosaur Life / Dinosaurs Worldwide / Dinosaurologists / Dinosaurs Revived. 320 pages.
Published in association with the British Museum (Natural History).
Facts on File, London, 1990.

LINDSAY, William.
The Great Dinosaur Atlas.
Maps showing where dinosaurs existed, how they lived and where they died, with individual maps of sites of important discoveries.

Illustrated by Giuliano Fornari. 64 pages.
Dorling Kindersley, London, 1991.

LOCKLEY, Martin.
Tracking Dinosaurs: A New Look at an Ancient World.
How tracks provide information about dinosaur locomotion, behaviour, ecology and environmental impact. 238 pages.
Cambridge University Press, New York, 1991.

LOCKLEY, Martin & MEYER, Christian
Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of Europe.
Charts a broad path through the Paleozoic evolutionary history of the predinosaurian vertebrates to the Mesozoic rise of dinosaurs and their eventual disappearance at the end of the Cretaceous. The survey continues into the age of mammals and birds, ending with the cave art and footprints of our Paleolithic ancestors.
Columbia UP, NY, 2000.

MICHARD, Jean-Guy.
The Reign of the Dinosaurs.
No evolutionary dead-end but an astonishingly varied and progressive episode in the story of life on earth.First published by Gallimard, of Paris, in 1989; translated from the French by I. Mark Paris.
Thames & Hudson/New Horizons, London, 1992.

MITCHELL, W.J.T.
The Last Dinosaur Book: the life and times of a cultural icon.
As a scientific entity, Dinosauria endured a near eclipse for almost a century, but as an image, a totem animal of modernity, it is now enjoying its widest circulation. Mitchell tracks down the cultural icons and delves into our dino-obsession. 321 pages.
Univ.of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998.

NORMAN, Dr David.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs.
Describes in detail all known families of dinosaur within their recognised Orders. Illustrated by John Sibbick. 208 pages.
Salamander Books Ltd, London, 1985.

PALMER, Dr. Douglas (Consultant Editor)
The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Animals
Examining over 500 extinct species in detail, from dinosaurs and flying reptiles to armoured fish and woolly mammoth, with in-depth information on lifestyles, habitats and patterns of behaviour.
312 pages.
Marshall Publishing Ltd, London, 1999.

PALMER, Dr. Douglas
Atlas of the Prehistoric World
An up-to-date and dynamic portrait of Earth's pre-history: through a sequence of time frames, the development of the world, and of life as we know it today, is clearly delineated. A series of maps shows how land masses have shifted, and the pattern of life and environments has been disrupted by unpredictable and catastrophic events. 224 pages.
Marshall Publishing Ltd, London, 2000.

PAUL, Gregory S.
Predatory Dinosaurs of the World: A Complete Illustrated Guide.
Provides an extensive species-by-species catalogue of all the predatory dinosaurs known to have existed, from the weasel-sized Lagosuchus to the gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex; how the animals lived and interacted with each other and the life around them.
Illustrations by author. 464 pages.
Simon & Schuster/NY Academy of Sciences, New York, 1988.

SHIPMAN, Pat.
Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx & the Evolution of Bird Flight.
Compares the evolution of flight in birds, bats and pterosaurs; the origins of flight, and how thinking about the mysteries of flight has developed up to the present day.
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1998.

WELLNHOFER, Dr Peter.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs
With skeletal artwork and restorations by the author, and artwork by John Sibbick. 192 pages.
Salamander Books Ltd, London, 1991.

WILFORD, John Noble.
The Riddle of the Dinosaur.
Pbk reprint of the original 1985 edition, by the science correspondent of the New York Times. 360 pages.
Vintage Books, New York, 1987.

Les dinosaures: Collectable Dinosaur postage stamps from Canada, Australia, & New Zealand.
A look at dinosaurs from every angle . . . fascinating dinosaur facts and intriguing information on stamp collecting.
Canadian Post Corporation, Catalogue PO 4-66, 1993.


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