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The 40-plus chapters in The Complete Dinosaur range from raw, cutting-edge science that drips with original data to surveys of the history of dinosaur collecting that are suitable for even the most jargon-shy readers. Editors James O. Farlow and M. K. Brett-Surman admit that they were "teenage geeks who loved the movies of Willis O'Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and Jim Danforth, and the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs," and they do not neglect their roots. There are chapters covering all the hot topics of contemporary dinosaur research, including footprints, metabolism, and meteor strikes; there is also a section on determining how many lawyers you need to feed a captive Tyrannosaurus rex. It's a remarkable fusion between scientific research--warts, conflicts, and all--and public understanding. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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"Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" -Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." -American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." -Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." -New Scientist" --

Praise for the first edition:

""A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts"" --Science

""The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference."" --American Reference Books Annual

""An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature."" --Library Journal (starred review)

""Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them."" --Publishers Weekly

""Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun."" --New Scientist

""The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium."" --Natural History

Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." New Scientist

"The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." Natural History"

"This 'encyclopedia, ' written by more than 60 paleontologists recognized for their ongoing work with these amazing creatures, is a rich source of information.... Highly recommended." Choice"

"This substantial, and now revised, multi-author book is a good introduction to dinosaur (and early bird)
science, without demanding much if any technical knowledge, in 45 chapters variously taxonomic and
thematic, on subjects including aspects of dinobiology, methodology and theory, and even dinoart." Archives of Natural History"

"The second edition of The Complete Dinosaur is a special book, which will no doubt continue the legacy of the first edition in bringing cutting-edge dinosaur science to the public." Priscum"

"Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere." The Guardian-Birdbooker Report"

"The text, for the most part, is accessible and the book should be commended for reviewing aspects of dinosaur paleontology that are often restricted to more technical volumes. As such, this is an ideal stepping stone from general interest books on dinosaurs to the primary literature on the subject." Quarterly Review of Biology"

."..[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become." National Geographic Laelaps"

"Even ruthlessly pruned, a shelf of must-have dinosaur volumes will be overstuffed.... One of the best items on that overcrowded shelf would necessarily have been 1997's The Complete Dinosaur from Indiana University Press until now, when Indiana has produced the title's second edition.... This new edition itself represents a considerable evolution: it's twice as big as the original, twice as heavy, twice as detailed, representing the enormous strides in research and extrapolation that have taken place just in the last fifteen years." Open Letters Monthly"

"The Complete Dinosaur is a breathtaking and must-have book that will be devoured by everyone, from the youngest readers who have just discovered the wonders of dinosaurs to palaeontologists who have made the study of dinosaurs their life's work." History in Review"

..".[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become." National Geographic Laelaps"

"The Complete Dinosaur is a breathtaking and must-have book that will be devoured by everyone, from the youngest readers who have just discovered the wonders of dinosaurs to palaeontologists who have made the study of dinosaurs their life's work." History in Review

"

"This substantial, and now revised, multi-author book is a good introduction to dinosaur (and early bird)
science, without demanding much if any technical knowledge, in 45 chapters variously taxonomic and
thematic, on subjects including aspects of dinobiology, methodology and theory, and even dinoart." Archives of Natural History

"

"This 'encyclopedia, ' written by more than 60 paleontologists recognized for their ongoing work with these amazing creatures, is a rich source of information.... Highly recommended." Choice

"

"Even ruthlessly pruned, a shelf of must-have dinosaur volumes will be overstuffed.... One of the best items on that overcrowded shelf would necessarily have been 1997's The Complete Dinosaur from Indiana University Press until now, when Indiana has produced the title's second edition.... This new edition itself represents a considerable evolution: it's twice as big as the original, twice as heavy, twice as detailed, representing the enormous strides in research and extrapolation that have taken place just in the last fifteen years." Open Letters Monthly

"

"The second edition of The Complete Dinosaur is a special book, which will no doubt continue the legacy of the first edition in bringing cutting-edge dinosaur science to the public." Priscum

"

"The text, for the most part, is accessible and the book should be commended for reviewing aspects of dinosaur paleontology that are often restricted to more technical volumes. As such, this is an ideal stepping stone from general interest books on dinosaurs to the primary literature on the subject." Quarterly Review of Biology

"

"Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere." The Guardian-Birdbooker Report

"

..".[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become." National Geographic Laelaps

"

Praise for the first edition:

"A gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts" Science

"The amount of information in [these] pages is amazing. This book should be on the shelves of dinosaur freaks as well as those who need to know more about the paleobiology of extinct animals. It will be an invaluable library reference." American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent encyclopedia that serves as a nice bridge between popular and scholarly dinosaur literature." Library Journal (starred review)

"Copiously illustrated and scrupulously up-to-date... the book reveals dinos through the fractious fields that make a study of them." Publishers Weekly

"Stimulating armchair company for cold winter evenings.... Best of all, the book treats dinosaurs as intellectual fun." New Scientist

"The book is useful both as a reference and as a browse-and-enjoy compendium." Natural History

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Von Ein Kunde am 15. Juni 2000
Format: Taschenbuch
Das ultimative Dinosaurierbuch für ernsthaft interessierte Laien. Auch dem deutschsprachigen Leser sehr zu empfehlen - Englischkenntnisse auf "National Geographic"-Niveau reichen voll aus, da alle Fachbegriffe erklärt werden. Biologische Grundkenntnisse sind hilfreich, aber es geht auch ohne. Die Autoren sind offenkundig sehr begeistert von ihrem Fach - und können diese Begeisterung auch in scheinbar trockenen Themenbereichen immer wieder vermitteln.
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Faced with all the problems of trying to make science interesting to kids, there is, nor will there ever be anything quite so universally exciting as dinosaurs. But like any field of research, the outsider must suffer from being just that--an outsider. Without prior knowledge of the subject area one can easily fill their heads with outdated or only periphrial knowledge. What one needs is a good (up to date and user-friendly) source book, and The Complete Dinosaurs is without doubt one of the primier resources for both the outsider and insider on these ancient reptiles.
Although content will require some basic knowledge of biology (and you will find refresher material here as well--remember all your bones?), the chapters are for the most part always interesting, and some reflect the unquestionable enthusiasm of the authors. One particular chapter on the use of multimedia in cataloging and exchanging dinosaur data, while seemingly irrelevant to folks who just want to know the name of a dinosaur, spoke volumes of dedication and commitment to moving dinosaur finds from museum closets into scientists hands around the world. This level of enthusiasm does not diminish through the book, making what would otherwise be a very heavy read into something of a treat.
There are two or three other dinosaur books that may be as definitive as this one, however from paging through 'The Dinosauria' and 'The Dinosaur Encyclopedia', Farlow's books seemed the most approachable/accessible, while also not shorting the reader on content.
While this and the other dinosaur books mentioned might be a bit challenging at times for readers who don't have a background in biology, geology, paleontology, etc. (IE there is a lot of prior knowledge about evolutionary theory that the reader is assumed to possess), I would still not hestitate to recommend it to someone with a passion for Dinosaurs...which should be about everyone by now, right?
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Von Ein Kunde am 15. September 1998
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First, take one bright, enthusiastic person with an interst in paleontology. Second, add a dash of The Complete Dinosaur. Third, allow to sit for a week or two. Sounds almost too easy, doesn't it? Although most people are interested in the findings of science, science is usually viewed as too difficult for the average person to "do." This book starts with interesting, non-technical essays on subjects pertaining to dinosaurs, the history of their discovery, and how artists learn to restore them. Then it moves through how paleontologists work on things like anatomy, geology, and how dinosaurs are related to one another. By the end of the book, the reader is reading full-blown technical treatises, without realizing it. This engaging book is also sprinkled with amusing annecdotes (how many lawyers would it take to feed a T. rex?). The good nature of the editors, combined with the lively writing of the individual authors, makes the transition from interested layman to knowledgale amateur an easy one. Many paleontologists I work with have their own copy of this book as a reference. Highly recommended.
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Alles in allem, ohne es von vorn bis hinten gelesen zu haben, aber stichprobenartig, ein fabelhaftes und relativ aktuelles Lehrbuch, leider auf Englisch (im deutschsprachigen Raum kenne ich keine so umfassende Abhandlung über das Thema). Kommt an das Standardwerk der Dinosaurierpaläontologie ("Dinosauria") heran.
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