Digging for Nuggets of Dinosaur Data
The book entitled “The Great Dinosaur Discoveries”, written by Darren Naish, may have come out in 2009, but it remains a firm favourite amongst Everything Dinosaur team members. The illustrations may be a little out of date, if we recall correctly, the author himself points this out. However, they do not undermine what is in essence a terrific read. One of the great things about this book is that Darren throws in little snippets of dinosaur information every now and then that other writers would simply overlook or indeed not be aware of in the first place. If you want to know exactly, why the name of the armoured dinosaur Scelidosaurus (S. harrisonii) means “limb lizard”? Read this book as Darren provides the answer.
An Excellent Book about Dinosaurs
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For an insight into the hand function of Deinocheirus (D. mirificus), turn to page ninety-nine. An intriguing paragraph explaining the viewpoints put forward in the early 20th Century concerning those huge arms and hands of this Asian Theropod.
For the latest interpretation: Deinocheirus Done and Dusted For Now at Least
At the beginning of each chapter, as Darren charts the history of dinosaur discoveries, there is a handy timeline that shows the major fossil finds and scientific descriptions . In addition, a world map is provided identifying the location of where the fossilised bones and trace fossils were found.
As you would expect, all the major dinosaur groups are featured, as are a number of the more obscure ones such as the Alvarezsauridae and the Scansoriopterygidae. If you want to gain an understanding of why the idea of Sauropods being aquatic animals took hold and remained prevalent until quite recently, then turn to page thirty-one.
This really is an excellent read. It is a is a super book full of amazing dinosaur facts. Highly recommended.