Best Dinosaur Field Guides

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Field guides really are a excellent way to acquire a total outlook of any type of field. Dinosaur Field Guides provide us with a listing or a guidebook of many various kinds of dinosaur species. These books are ideal for dinosaur lovers, and for adults and children thinking about learning more about the types of dinosaurs that once existed. Here is a listing of a number of the major dinosaur field guides out there.

*Note: They are not listed in any particular order.

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs. By Gregory S. Paul. (2010)

This 320 page field guide offers a detailed guide to greater than 735 dinosaur species. Divided into 2 major parts, the first focuses on the science of dinosaurs in general; such as evolution, biology, habitat, etc. The second and significantly longer segment of the guide groups species of dinosaurs on various traits. It comes with illustrations of dinosaurs, skeletal and muscular drawings and also maps of bone distribution. This field guide additionally contains modern day research. A fantastic deal for the price and just how much information it contains, there are minimal complaints. Some rather there to be additional illustrations, although other individuals felt the illustrations in this guidebook were relatively lavish. It should be mentioned that this book is relatively large in size (it's dimensions are 10.9 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches) so it's not convenient for carrying around to a museum, school, and so on. Still, this is still considered an beneficial reference field guide that will appeal to all dinosaur fans.

Field Guide to Dinosaurs. By Steve Brusatte. (2009)

This field guide is filled with more than 170 computer generated dinosaur pictures that are big and detailed. It is thanks to this that this field guide is suggested for kids ages 9 to 12. The author, Steve Brusatte, a paleontology researcher and also works at the American Museum of Natural History, is stated to write in a way which is easy to grasp and holds the reader's fascination. The major draw is the large illustrations within this guide that is very exciting to children and even adult dinosaur fans. The size of this field guide (14.2 x 11.3 x 0.7 inches) is both a pro and a con; it is bulky so it's not the most convenient to carry around, having said that, the largeness does make it possible for a few of the dinosaur illustrations to be actual size! In conclusion, this dinosaur field guide is recommended for kids but will be well-liked by adults too.

A Field Guide to Dinosaurs: The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic. By Henry Gee. Illustrations by Luis V. Rey. (2003)

This 144 paged guide is considered for being a good field guide for beginners. Divided into pre-historic eras ranging from Triassic to Late Cretaceous, the drawings and illustrations in this guidebook are well-done and engaging. This field guide helps make it clear that this is a work of fiction, which means that the pictures of dinosaurs are guesses on how they may have appeared based on their bone structure. It's recommended for children in grades 9 through 12, and is found to be easily readable for this age group. Many people do come to feel that the content within this guide isn't one of the most comprehensive, and tends to be average. Nonetheless, this field guide is a great addition to any dinosaur book collection, and also a decent beginner book for a person with a lighter interest in dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park Institue: Dinosaur Field Guide. By Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr., and Dr. Michael Brett-Surman. Illustrated by Robert Walters. (2001)

This shorter field guide (160 pages) is great for children that are dinosaur fans. It can be an educational way to give kids the dino fix they crave. It's recommended for kids ages 4 to 8. One well-liked characteristic is the comparison of the dinosaurs to the human being child size and it also includes plenty of exciting facts about the dinosaurs preferred snacks and what films there are a particular dinosaur in. Adults can enjoy going through this dinosaur encyclopedia as well. However, this book was written in 2001, so it does not have the most totally up to date dinosaur species. This field guide seems most made for kids but does not supply the most recent information.

So as you can see dinosaur documentaries aren't the only method to learn about dinosaurs. Dinosaur field guides act an excellent supplement to dinosaur documentaries.
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John is a Civil Engineer for the State of Connecticut, an avid Dinosaur enthusiast, and currently maintains a weblog on dinosaur documentaries.

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This article was published on 2011/02/11