Bizarre dinosaurs Some very strange creatures and why we think they got that way

Christopher Sloan

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Published
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic c2008.
Language
English
Physical Description
31 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9781426303302
1426303300
9781426303319
1426303319
Main Author
Christopher Sloan (-)
  • Amargasaurus
  • Carnotaurus
  • Tuojiangosaurus
  • Nigersaurus
  • Masiakasaurus
  • Deinocheirus
  • Dracorex
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Styracosaurus
  • Epidendrosaurus
  • Gigantoraptor
  • Dinosaur stomping grounds.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents dinosaurs of various sizes and time periods who possessed unusual features, including such traits as spiked shoulders, long, clawed arms, a fringed back, bull horns, and a giant beak.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Uses clear and informed text to tell readers what scientists know and what they are still guessing about a collection of odd-looking monsters, including how experts think these dinosaurs used their individual, bizarre characteristics.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

With state-of-the-art, digitally modeled images, fantastic photos of fossils, and up-to-date scientific interpretations, Bizarre Dinosaurs introduces dino-lovers to a group of very strange creatures indeed. The cast of characters includes Masiakasaurus, a fierce some beast whose mouth bristled with serrated, slightly hooked, forward-poking teeth; Deinocheirus with his ungainly long arms and huge triple claws; Epedendrosaurus with a tiny body and pinky fingers as long as his arms; and flat-faced Dracorex hogwartsia, the "dragon king of Hogwarts," named after Harry Potter’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Paleontologist Josh Smith uses clear and informed text to tell kids what we know and what we are still guessing about this collection of odd-looking monsters, including how scientists think they used their individual bizarre characteristics. In his introduction, life-long dinosaur enthusiast John Updike gives young readers a new perspective on the sheer weirdness of dinosaurs by turning our relationship with them on its head: "How weird might a human body look to dinosaurs?" he asks. "That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that limp upright stance, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tail—ugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn his place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask."

Review by Publisher Summary 4

With state-of-the-art, digitally modeled images, fantastic photos of fossils, and up-to-date scientific interpretations, Bizarre Dinosaurs introduces dino-lovers to a group of very strange creatures indeed. The cast of characters includes Masiakasaurus, a fierce some beast whose mouth bristled with serrated, slightly hooked, forward-poking teeth; Deinocheirus with his ungainly long arms and huge triple claws; Epedendrosaurus with a tiny body and pinky fingers as long as his arms; and flat-faced Dracorex hogwartsia, the "dragon king of Hogwarts," named after Harry Potter's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Paleontologist Josh Smith uses clear and informed text to tell kids what we know and what we are still guessing about this collection of odd-looking monsters, including how scientists think they used their individual bizarre characteristics. In his introduction, life-long dinosaur enthusiast John Updike gives young readers a new perspective on the sheer weirdness of dinosaurs by turning our relationship with them on its head: "How weird might a human body look to dinosaurs?" he asks. "That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that limp upright stance, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tail—ugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn his place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask."