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INSIDE DINOSAURS by Andra Serlin Abramson

INSIDE DINOSAURS

From the Inside... series

By Andra Serlin Abramson (Author) , Jason Brougham (Author) , Carl Mehling (Author) , Jason Brougham (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-7074-6
Publisher: Sterling

Aimed directly at confirmed young dino-fans, this pleasantly specific overview covers not only the dinosaurs' distinctive physical characteristics (the authors include modern birds in the group) but the work of paleontologists in both field and lab, the types and typical life cycles of what are carefully dubbed “non-avian” dinos within each “clade,” the mass extinction of 65,000,000 years ago (properly noted as likely due to several causes, not just an asteroid impact) and how new discoveries have refined theories about wings and feathers. Extended onto several single and double gatefolds, the art mixes small color photos with soft-edged paint-and-pencil reconstructions of bones, individual live portraits and prehistoric herds in natural settings. New York’s American Museum of Natural History gets several plugs in the main narrative and the closing, multimedia resource list (two of the authors are employees), but that won’t limit the audience for this above-average series entry. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)