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Dinosaurs: a Visual Encyclopedia covers virtually everything that lived during prehistory. It begins by showing how life began, and ends with early man. It has comprehensive coverage of key curriculum topics - geography, biology, history, and science. Content is completely up-to-date and includes the latest discoveries and interpretations of prehistoric life. Dinosaurs: a Visual Encyclopedia is not a catalog of facts and photos-it is a visual celebration of early life on Earth with particular emphasis on dinosaurs. The book showcases the wonders of the world from the beginnings of existence. Contents Prelims (3 pages) Introduction (2 pages) Chapter 1. Earth - the beginning, including: How the Earth formed more than 4 billion years ago Continents and oceans Changing climates When life began Evolution of life Classifying animals - how it works Mass extinctions Chapter 2. Exploring the evidence, including: Types of fossils How fossils form Where is the world? - key fossil sights Layers of earth - what they tell us Geological timescale explained Chapter 3. First signs of life - Precambrian age, including: Archeaneon and how the atmosphere changed Proterozoiceon - time of the first simple animals and plants Chapter 4. Early Paleozoic era, including: Cambrian period, when new family groups appeared, from worms to the first vertebrates - fish Ordovician period, when animals first began to colonize the land and the first mass extinction occurred Silurian period - when enormous coral reefs began to flourish in tropical seas Chapter 5. Late Paleozoic era, including Devonian period, called the "Age of Fish" as fish groups diversified. First forests appeared Carboniferous period was swampy (lots of our modern-day coal started then). It was also an age of ice. Shelled eggs evolved. Permian period when advanced synapsids (mammal-like reptiles) evolved, paving the way for mammals and eventually humans. Permian period ended in another mass extinction Chapter 6. Triassic Period, including Recovery from the mass extinction. The Triassic is the FIRST AGE OF THE DINOSAURS New groups of ferns and seed plants emerged New kinds of marine invertebrates emerged Many new kinds of vertebrates evolved, including pterosaurs (flying reptiles), ichthyosaurs (swimming reptiles), mammals, and dinosaurs Close-up look at Plateosaurus, Eoraptor, Thecodontosaurus and more The Triassic period ended in another mass extinction Chapter 7. Jurassic period, including The MIDDLE DINOSAUR AGE - large dinosaurs roamed the land and the oceans were dominated by giant reptiles Jurassic plants including ferns, conifers, cycads, ginkgos Jurassic invertebrates included the squid-like Cylindroteuthis, the starfish Pentasteria, the dragonfly Libellulium, the lobster Eryma and more Vertebrates included shark-like Hybodus, Loch-ness-monster-like Plesiosaurus, crocodile-like Protosuchus, bird-like Pterodactylus and more However dinosaurs were the animals that dominated the Jurassic ie meat-eating Allosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Monolophosaurus and more Jurassic long-necked sauropods included Vulcanodon, Barapasaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Barosaurus, Apatosaurus, Lesothosaurus and more Armour-plated stegosaurs included Huayangosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus and more Chapter 8. Cretaceous period, including The LAST AGE OF THE DINOSAURS - high global temperatures and sea levels were up to 300 m (980 ft) higher than they are today. This was the world of the most diverse and dominant group of dinosaurs Flowering plants made their first appearance during the Cretaceous Alongside the dinosaurs lived a variety of other animals including the underwater predator Mosasaurus and the largest flying animal of all time (three times the height of a man) called Quetzalcoatius There are lots of well-known dinosaurs from this period including Spinosaurus, Baryonyx, Giganotosaurus, Triceratops Albertosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosaurus and more Then came the most famous extinction of all time Chapter 9. Cenozoic era, including Ancestors of today's animals including the bat Icaronycteris, flying squirrel Eomys, giant rhino relative Paraceratherium, Woolly mammoth and more Humans and their primate relatives Human ancestors ie. homo erectus Human migration Glossary (4 pages) Index (7 pages) Acknowledgments (2 pages)
This latest edition in a range of super successful DK encyclopedias for children features hundreds of photographs and computer generated images bringing extinct animals back to life in this visual celebration of early life on Earth. Authoritative yet accessible, the book includes fact boxes, timelines, maps, and diagrams that explore the beginnings of life on Earth, investigates early eras and life forms, and examines the world of the dinosaurs...their homes, food, young, and family lives.
With content that is completely up to date and includes the latest discoveries and interpretations of prehistoric life, this is a comprehensive exploration of dinosaurs during their 180 million plus years of existence.
Table of Contents
Prehistoric life -- Invertebrates -- Early invertebrates -- Dinosaurs and birds -- Mammals.