"The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs" is a startlingly definitive look at the monsters of the Mesozoic era. It provides a complete portrait of their existence, including how they evolved, what they looked like, where they lived, how they behaved, and why they died.
Groundbreaking essays by acclaimed paleontologists detail everything from how the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils created a new science, to how modern technology has brought about drastic changes in the way we envision dinosaurs. The most sensational finds and the latest theories are covered, and some of the hottest debates in paleontology are explored, such as:
- Are birds living descendants of dinosaurs?
- Were dinosaurs sluggish cold-blooded reptilians, or something radically different?
- How did dinosaurs' world change over time?
- How and why did the major dinosaur families become extinct?
"The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs" presents a spectacularly illustrated tour of the 140-million-year existence of the most exotic and interesting group of animals ever to walk the earth - you'll never think of dinosaurs the same way again!
GREGORY S. PAUL is one of America's leading dinosaur paleontologists and also a gifted paleo-artist, renowned for his anatomical accuracy. He has served as a consultant on "Jurassic Park" and the Disney film "Dinosaurs". His scientific papers have been printed in numerous magazines and journals, and he is the author of several books, including "Beyond Humanity" and "Dinosaurs of the Air".