Books by Dougal Dixon

Released: Feb. 1, 2007

This first of six paperbacks about the prehistoric world describes 12 creatures of the Triassic period, from Paradoxides, a trilobite, to the herbivorous reptile, Estemmenosuchus. Each double-page spread shows an artist's conception of the creature as well as a photograph of a fossil, reconstructed skeleton, or modern equivalent and provides a short description and important facts. An introduction describes this series on the evolution of animals and includes a timeline from 540 million years ago to the present day. An appended animal families glossary includes those of most of the animals described (curiously including the word Dicynodont, which is not mentioned in the text, and omitting Dinocephalalia, which is) and a separate vocabulary. The index includes the time periods and the names of the animals but not their families. There is neither documentation for the information or the illustrations nor suggestions for further reading. More useful in homes than libraries. (Nonfiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

From the author of many other dinosaur books, solid information for older fans in an appealing oversize volume with lots of color illustrations—an overview of life on earth, the dinosaurs' rise and fall, 26 species in detail, and a look at anatomy, senses, skin, life span, and migration. Dixon also discusses early fossil hunters, plus modern techniques of study, and answers dozens of questions: warm- or cold-blooded; biggest, smallest; most teeth; etc. Younger readers will appreciate helpful inserts giving names, pronunciation, size, range, food, period, and scale drawings. More text than most; up-to-date and intriguing. Marginal glossary with unnecessary entries (``hoof''); extensive index. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >