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100 FACTS ABOUT T-REX (Projecs, Quizzes, Fun acts, cartoons)
by Steve Parker. Consultant: Rupert Matthews. Loaded with color maps, photos, drawings - detailed and correct. Oh, and lots and lots of really BIG TEETH!!! Condition: NEW 2010 Miles Kelly large soft cover, first printing. Content: Travel back to the Cretaceous and come face to facae with one of the most powerful predators ever to have roamed the Earth. The most famous dinosaur of all is brilliantly portrayed through one hundred facts, fantastic illustrations, and fun cartoons. Read all about T rex's anatomy, find out how it killed its prey, and discover where in the world the biggest and most complete fossil specimens have been found. Ages 8+. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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100 Facts about T rex

AFTER THE DINOSAURS: A Texas Tropical Paradise at Lake Casa Blanca
by James W. Westgate. Illustrated with B&W photos, charts, drawings, maps. Condition: UNREAD 1999 Texas Parks & Wildlife Press slim trade paperback, no printing given. Tiny tiny cover edge wear. Content: During the Eocene Epoch some 42 million years ago--about 20 million years after the demise of the dinosaurs--the area that today is the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park near Laredo was a tropical forest/coastal mangrove environment. Excavations at the site by Dr. James Westgate and his Lamar University students have uncovered fossils of 29 extinct mammal species and about as many species of crocodiles, turtles, sharks, rays, and giant water snakes. In this book, he reconstructs a clear picture of prehistoric life at Lake Casa Blanca, illustrated with drawings and paintings by Abby Salazar, a recent earth science graduate now pursuing a second degree in art. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Texas Dinosaur Digs, Laredo TX

BUGS BEFORE TIME: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives
by Cathy Camper. Excellent detailed color illustrtions by Steve Kirk. Condition: UNREAD,BUT NOT PERFECT, 2002 Simon & Schuster hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ), first printing. Problem: some child used a ballpoint pen to draw 5 short lines bottom loose endpage. I can't get these markings out. Most likely this was done at the bookstore. The interior is perfect - clean & tight. Content: Did you know that for every pound of people on earth, there are 300 pounds of insects? Or that millions of years ago some of these bugs actually weighed that much? Well, during prehistoric times, before dinosaurs ruled the earth, bugs did; and just like today the seas, skies, and lands were covered by these creepy-crawlers. There were dragonflies with wings that reached a yard across in length, and millipedes that grew to over six feet long! But what is even more fascinating is the fact that all of these creatures in some form or another learned to adapt and survive to become the insects and sea beasts of today. In this fully illustrated picture book, readers will be captivated by the detailed information of prehistoric insects, arachnids, and their relatives. Chock-full of facts about fossil formation, insect evolution, flight theories, and geologic time, Bugs Before Time will mesmerize entomologists of all ages. Author Cathy Camper's absorbing text, and artist Steve Kirk's extraordinary paintings combine to re-create a world where giants reigned. Wonderful section on my favorite fossil, Trilobites (see the 2nd graphic here). Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Bugs Before Time, Fossils
Bugs Before Time, Fossils

by Barbara Kerley. Great color illustrations & dinosaur drawings by Brian Selznick. Condition: NEW 2002 Scholastic hardcover (pictorial boards) 7 DJ (in mylar jacket), 5th printing. Content: "Can you fathom a time when almost no one in the world knew what a dinosaur looked like?" Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick can--and it was a time when people used words like "fathom" a lot, about 150 years ago. This author-illustrator team became experts on the subject, delving deeply into the life of Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins, the first person to ever summon up, sketch, mold, and fabricate these ancient giants into full-size models. One look at this amazing-but-true picture book introducing the little-known artist Hawkins and his dreams of dinosaurs, and kids may well forget about Jurassic Park. As a child growing up in 19th-century London, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins discovered his passion: drawing and sculpting animal figures, especially prehistoric dinosaurs. His artistic talent and his goal--to build life-size models of dinosaurs envisioned from scientific fossils--led him to work with noted anatomist Richard Owen and complete a special commission from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, an installation of dinosaur statues, much of which still stands in contemporary Sydenham, England. During the project, Hawkins courted the scientific community by hosting a lavish New Year's Eve dinner party inside his life-size model of an iguanodon (the bill of fare is reproduced on the final page). Selznick (The Houdini Box, see p. 94) builds to the dramatic moment by showing readers a peek at giant reptilian toes through a parted curtain. Kerley leads readers into further exploration of Hawkins by presenting copious but never dull details of the stages of his life and works, including efforts in the U.S., thwarted by Boss Tweed. Throughout, she suffuses her text with a contagious sense of wonder and amazement. Selznick enthusiastically joins the excitement with his intricate compositions, capturing Hawkins's devotion to his art and depicting the dapper man with wild white hair as a spirited visionary and showman. The elegant design on tall pages gives the dinosaur models their due from various perspectives, and scenery of the period additionally grounds the work in historic context. Extensive author and illustrator notes denote the extensive (and fun) research both undertook for this extraordinary volume. Ages 6-up. [1 copy available]
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Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, Kerley

by Christopher McGowan. Wonderful B&W sketches and photos. Condition: NEW 1992 Harvard University Press Tade Paperback, fourth printing. Perfect. Content: Reviewer: "This book is ideal for paleontology students or avid dinosaurphiles. Math is used extensively to demonstrate how dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures walked, ran, swam, flew, etc. The book gives a wonderful glimpse into how the hard science of paleontology is performed, instead of glossing over the math like many other popular books do. Once you finish this book, you will never look at dinosaurs the same way again." [1 copy available]
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Dinosaurs, Spitfires, & Sea Dragons

DRAGON HUNTER: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions
by Charles Gallenkamp (The Maya). 2 B&W photo sections. Condition: NEW 2001 Viking Penguin (in association with the American Museum of Natural History) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Tiny remainder mark. Content: It has long been rumoured (a fact?) that Andrews was the model for Indiana Jones - complete with the hat. Andrews was a fascinating man who led an exciting and useful life. "Roy Chapman Andrews was never much of a scholar, and anyone who looked at his high school report card might have foretold an undistinguished future. But, from an early age, Andrews's ambitions lay outside the social norm; an ardent fan of Robinson Crusoe and a devoted outdoorsman, Andrews wanted nothing more than to be an adventurer. He got his chance when he talked his way onto the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in 1906, under whose auspices, 15 years later, he was to mount the first of his central Asian expeditions. This decade-long program of exploration took Andrews and his team into the heart of the Gobi, one of the last uncharted regions on earth. Convinced for ideological as much as scientific reasons that humans originated not in Africa but in Asia, Andrews spent much of his time in the field seeking evidence of early man. That search would prove fruitless, for, as biographer Charles Gallenkamp notes, "nary a scrap of genuinely ancient human bone was ever retrieved by the Central Asian Expeditions." What Andrews and his colleagues did find, however, has propelled dozens of scientific missions ever since: huge caches of dinosaur bones at places such as Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs. These fossils helped demonstrate geological connections between Asia and North America, and they added dozens of new species to the paleontological record. All the while, Andrews contended with bandits, corrupt officials, invading armies, disease, and other dangers. After finishing Gallenkamp's vigorous book, readers will understand why Andrews should have served as the model for the movie character Indiana Jones -- who, if anything, pales by comparison to the real thing." [Gregory McNamee] This is one of my favorite books - and historical characters. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Dragon Hunter, Roy Chapman Andrews

3-DNature DINOSAURS: A Pop-up Journey to the Age of the Dinosaurs
by Claire Bampton. Great color art by Mick Posen. paper engineering by David Hawcock. Condition: NEW 2013 Acturus (UK) large (very) hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), assumed first printing. Content: BIG pop-ups of the dinos: Brachiosaurus, T-Rex (when you open the page the jaws are open and then close - neat), Quetzalcoatlus, Deinonychus, and Stegosaurus. Each page has smaller additional pop-ups hidden by pull-tab and/or flaps. Text is understandable for kids and the artwork is perfect. [1copy available]
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Dinosaurs Pop-Up

DINOSAURS IN THE ROUND with 3-D Pop-Up Dioramas (Pop-up Carousel)
by Random House. Wonderful, vivid pop-ups by renowned paleoartist Luis V. Rey. Condition: Very Good + 2008 hardcover (pictorial boards and satin ribbon closure), first American edition, first printing. Content: From a Conifer oasis to a steamy rain forest to a volcano-devastated river bank, the pop-up dioramas in this unique, freestanding carousel book capture the changing atmosphere and dinosaurs of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras, the three periods that make up the Age of Dinosaurs. Over 15 species of dinosaur, archosaur, marine reptile, and pterosaur are featured—from well-known creatures like T. Rex, Triceratops, and Diplodocus to lesser known ones like Rutiodon, Placerias, and Stygimoloch—in eyepopping, museum-quality illustrations. There was a booklet that came with this book, but it appears someone took the booklet and left the bigger book. Creeps! Any book on dinosaurs will help with the identification of the pop-up Dinos. [1copy available]
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Dinosaurs Pop-Up

by Doug DuBosque. Condition: Very Good gently pre-read 1993 Scholastic large softcover, third printing. B&W illustrations. Content: Great educational (Latin name, pronunciation guide, and history of each dino) and fun book for kids who love Dinosaurs and want to create their own dino art. Detailed B&W how-to illustrations. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Drawing Dinosaurs

THE GILDED DINOSAUR: The Fossil War Between E.D. Cope and D.C. Marsh and the Rise of American Science
by Mark Jaffe. B&W photo section. Condition: NEW 2000 Three Rivers Press Trade Paperback, first printing. Content: Feuds are common to all fields of human endeavor, but only scientists see them as integral to their work. Scientific progress is always contentious, as we are reminded by science writer Mark Jaffe in The Gilded Dinosaur, his delightful examination of the well-known war between paleontologists Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh in the context of the development of American science. Jaffe has delved deeply into the historical record to illuminate these large personalities and their struggle for access to physical and political territory on which to build their competing scientific empires. Fossil-hunting was inextricably linked with the expansion into the West, the explosion of industrial capitalism, and the new expression of America's status as a world power. Cope and Marsh, in part through their competition for scarce financial and scientific resources, forced the United States to build a scientific establishment combining elements of the public and private sectors. Jaffe is careful with his details; though there are many of them, they always illustrate his themes and portraits rather than distracting from them. Instead of reproducing the legendary protracted newspaper battle in its entirety, he samples a few headlines and paragraphs, then explores the motives and reactions of the principals. Cope comes across as far more sympathetic than Marsh, but the reader is left with the sense that this reflects historical truth more than journalistic bias. How can you take two egos, thousands of tons of rocks and bones, and make a scientific infrastructure so sturdy that today's schoolchildren grow up with Apatasaurus? Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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The Gilded Dinosaur

THE GREAT ALASKAN DINOSAUR ADVENTURE: A Real-Life Journey Through the Frozen Past
by Buddy Davis, Mike Liston, John Whitmore. Wonderful sepia-tone maps and photos througout. Condition: NEW 1998 Master Books soft cover, first printing. Reviewer: "I have to mention the design because it contributes to the reading experience. The cover, the sepia drawings and photos and the ruffle [deckled] edge pages all are remind the reader of an old voyage log." Content: Based on a spine-tingling adventure into the wilderness of northern Alaska, this book follows the trail of a team of "creation scientists" who have recently discovered frozen, "unfossilized" dinosaur bones. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Great Alaskan Dinosaur Adventure, Creation Science

THE GREAT UNKNOWN (American Mastadons)
by Taylor Morrison. Nice & appropriate color illustrations, I assume, by the author. Condition: 2001 Houghton MIfflin large hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: This picture book describes the discovery of mastodon bones on a New York farm in 1799, the unearthing of the fossils, and their purchase by Charles Willson Peale, who assembled them into a skeleton for display in his Philadelphia museum. Morrison weaves the facts into a story that not only dramatizes the intriguing events but also points out that Americans 200 years ago were troubled to think that an animal could become extinct. Supporting the story, the last page includes information about the history of Peale's mastodon skeleton, a brief bibliography, and a glossary of terms used in the text. Well-composed paintings, from portraits to landscapes to action scenes, illustrate the account. An excellent way to introduce the subject to young readers. Grades 3 - 5. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Great Unknown, American Mastadons

by Edwin Colbert. Beautiful color plates plus B&W photos, drawings and charts illustrate. Condition: NEW 1995 Columbia Univ. Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), 10th printing. Content: One of the great mysteries of the ancient past concerns a carnivorous dinosaur, Coelophysis, no bigger than a dog, whose fossilized remains have been found within a small Southwestern quarry. Colbert discusses the 40-year history of the excavations at Ghost Ranch in this fascinating personal account of false trails and close calls. Reviewer: "Colbert described in detail the excavation of these 200 million year old fossils in the "colorful rounded badlands" that so entranced famous painter Georgia O'Keefe (who by the way lived nearby and befriended the scientists). The fossils were "exceedingly fragile," not only because the bones were very small and slender and the leg bones and vertebrae hollow, but because of the nature of their fossilization. They could disintegrate easily into tiny fragments if mishandled. The fossils had to be removed in huge sections instead of relatively thin slabs as the sandstone and siltstone that comprised the Chinle Formation at Ghost Ranch was very friable and liable to collapse. They had to be carefully, painstakingly, and sometimes dangerously removed in huge blocks, coated in thick plaster, burlap bandages, and a supporting framework of wood and then laboriously hauled out of the quarry. Eventually close to thirty blocks were removed from Ghost Ranch. Very early in the preparation stage the scientists made discoveries. Some fossils preserved the stomach contents of some of the dinosaurs, only the second time this was known from a carnivorous dinosaur and fascinatingly it revealed that Coelophysis was a cannibal! Other interesting tidbits include the discovery of a "giant" Coelophysis eleven feet long (most were usually six to eight feet; what was the ultimate size limit for this species?) and the fact that in almost all the specimens the lower jaw was tightly locked in place against the skull (evidence that the animals were buried so soon after death that muscles still held the lower jaws tightly in place rather than the skull and jaws becoming separated as is common with dinosaurs)." Fascinating study. [1 copy available]
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Little Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch

LONE STAR DINOSAURS (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series)
by Louis Jacobs. Original color artwork by Karen Carr. B&W photos. Condition: Very good, pre-read 1995 Texas A&M University Press soft cover, no edition given. No problems, just pre-read. Content: Dinosaurs make science exciting. They show us how the earth has changed over eons. This book tells the history of these gigantic reptiles in Texas and the accounts of people who found their fossilized remains. The story of Texas dinosaurs is made up of a myriad of smaller tales, most of which have not been told, about everyday people who make one-in-a-million discoveries. Texas dinosaurs, whose remains have been found in the Panhandle, Central Texas, and Big Bend, include representatives from every basic dinosaur group. The book provides a guide to all the dinosaurs that roamed the state, tells of exciting fossil discoveries, relates the similarities of dinosaurs to present-day animals, and looks in depth at the ways dinosaurs likely became extinct. [1 copy available]
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Lone Star Dinosaurs

by William Nothdurft with Josh Smith. B&W photo section. Condition: UNREAD 2002 Random House hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), second printing. Content: Between 1910 and 1914, Ernst Stromer, a little-known German paleontologist and explorer, unearthed a wealth of dinosaur fossils in Egypt's Bahariya Oasis. Thirty years later, Stromer's discoveries were destroyed in a WWII Allied bombing raid, and the oasis lay neglected for decades until Josh Smith, a Penn State doctoral candidate in paleontology, decided to retrace Stromer's footsteps in 1999. Based on Stromer's detailed but rather dry journal entries and vivid, often humorous, testimonies from Smith and his research team, this lucid account highlights Stromer's discoveries (which include, among others, the bones of three predatory dinosaurs) and chronicles recent findings by Smith and his colleagues that set the science world buzzing. When Smith's entourage arrived in Bahariya after months of negotiating with MPH Entertainment, their primary financial supporter, and Egyptian officials, they were amazed to find fossils literally "floating" on the dry, sand-packed surface. Weeks later, the team uncovered its landmark find a 67-inch humerus, or upper arm bone, belonging to a new genus of dinosaur, which measured an impressive 80 to 100 feet in length and weighed between 65 and 70 tons. This discovery was compounded by the newsworthy conclusion made by field geologist Ken Lacovara that millions of years ago Egypt's western desert looked much like Florida's Everglades do now. Nothdurft, coauthor of the Ghosts of Everest, gracefully interweaves the team's exploits with Stromer's own Bahariya experiences and provides just enough scientific background to keep lay readers afloat. An engaging mix of history and desert drama, this Indiana Jones-type adventure is first-rate popular science. [1 copy available]
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Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

by Mary Ann Fraser. B&W dino drawings. Condition: Good+ 1990 RGA Publishing large softcover. Although it has been gently read, it does have a stain back cover where it appears something like coke was splashed on it. Not very noticeable but there. Content: B&W drawings of various dinosaurs (T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, etc.) for coloring and detailed directions for making the pop-ups. All you need are crayons, glue and a pair of scissors - and, of course, this book. [1 copy available]
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Pop-Up Dinosaurs

art by Sassolinoviola. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.0 wide x 4.0 high. Content: Supposedly based on a Celtic legend of "The Babies" (I haven't been able to track this down), this plate shows a detailed baby dragon (note the scales) protecting a young girl. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Davida) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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Girl With Dragon, Kids