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The Future of Dinosaurs – review

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Palaeontologist Dr David Hone (for it is he) has been extremely busy since the release of his previous book, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, back in 2016 – not content with involving himself in copious amounts of research and numerous scientific papers, he also lectures at Queen Mary University of London by day and co-hosts the Terrible Lizards podcast with Iszi Lawrence by night. (Or something like that.) In between all this, Dr Dave somehow found time to write a follow-up book…

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Beasts Before Us: Standing up for the little guy

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You know we are firmly on Team Dinosaur here at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs. Otherprehistoricanimals get the occasional shout-out, but at the end of the day we just don’t know all that much about them. Marine reptiles are cool, pterosaurs get a free pass as honorary dinosaurs, and we aren’t above putting some cool, freaky Permian synapsids and Cenozoic mammals in the spotlights. Then come the croc-line archosaurs, then the big bugs and amphibians of the Carboniferous and…

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Torvosaurus by Darren Naish

Dinopedia or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dinosaurs Again

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There aren’t many dinosaur books that I’ve largely read in the pub in a single sitting, but Dinopedia (published by Princeton University Press) is engaging and entertaining enough to keep one occupied through at least two or three pints. Written and illustrated by Darren Naish – you know, the scientist, author, blogger, consultant and beardy weirdy of TetZoo fame – it’s a wee compendium of dinosaurian ephemera, covering assorted clades, scientific hypotheses, individual palaeontologists, pop culture tropes and more besides.…

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Prehistoric Pets – review

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Palaeontologist (and compatriot) Dean Lomax has made quite a name for himself over the last several years, and rightly so. Here’s another string for his bow – the remarkably impressive children’s book Prehistoric Pets (published by Templar), a showcase for his skills as a passionate science communicator. The cover might imply that this is simply a book about the big, angry prehistoric relatives of today’s domestic animals, but there’s so much more to it than that; this is a celebration…

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The Plesiosaur’s Neck – Review

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From the minds of Dr Smith, natural history curator, Jonathan Emmett and Adam Larkum, noted book illustrator, Comes a kids’ paperback on a beast of times past, With sharp teeth and four fins, with which to swim fast, But that’s noted by most, and I’m sure you’ll agree, For a neck quite staggeringly extraordinary; Indeed, the book posits many strange hypotheses On the cervical anatomy of Albertonectes. Our dinosaur friends do of course get a mention, And although it’s brief,…

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Europasaurus: Life on Jurassic Islands – Review

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It’s certainly been a rough old year, and over here amid the dismal lorry-strewn wastes of Plague Island, things seem to only go from bad to worse. So, a chance to escape to sunnier, more prehistoric climes is definitely welcome. As luck would have it, here comes Europasaurus: Life on Jurassic Islands (or Urzeitinseln voller Leben), a book that so perfectly visualises the tropical archipelagos of Late Jurassic Germany, so gorgeously immerses the reader in a long-lost world devoid of…

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Paleoart by Zoë Lescaze – Niels’ Review

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It’s time. Time to tackle the Big Effing Book. It’s been out for years, it’s got our name written all over it and most of us have seen it by now. I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but there’s no more reason for delay. It’s time. Preamble ramble: In my review of the palaeoart exhibition at Teylers Museum, I complained that Zoë Lescaze’s book was too expensive and too heavy to buy at that time. My endless complaining…

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Vintage Dinosaur Activity Pack: Dinosaur (DK Action Pack)

Book Review Illustration Vintage Dinosaur Art

What began with an examination of 1994’s Eyewitness Dinosaur video has lead me to this – purchasing a children’s activity pack from eBay. Ah, but not any children’s activity pack, for this one includes warm 1990s nostalgia alongside a pop-out card model, board game and (gasp!) “five facsimile documents”. Yes, it’s the DK ACTION PACK that, in true Eyewitness style, is simply entitled Dinosaur – even if it isn’t branded up with the monochromatic all-seeing eye. My copy may have…

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Eyewitness Guides: Dinosaur – 30 years on (part 2)

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As promised, here’s some more from Dinosaur, part of the Eyewitness Guides series, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary – and not a Diplodocus in sight. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the emphasis of this book is definitely not on life reconstructions, which always play second fiddle to gloriously large photographs of fossil specimens. It’s an approach that I doubt a publisher would encourage these days, and indeed the most recent edition of Dinosaur leans far more heavily on (often…

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Eyewitness Guides: Dinosaur – 30 years on (part 1)

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Last month, I finally got around to reviewing the Eyewitness Dinosaur video from 1994, part of a series spun off from the Eyewitness Guides books published by Dorling Kindersley. It occurred to me then that I’d never actually reviewed the Dinosaur book itself, which prompted a quick scouring of eBay for a copy – preferably as old and cheap as possible. Having bought what I thought was a 1989 edition for less than the price of a pint, I was…

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