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 tailugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn his place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask."
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This book features 11 unusual and not well-known dinosaurs that each have a distinctive feature - super scary teeth, horns that jut out sideways from the shoulders, an incredibly long finger, a wide mouth - and some hypothesizing on what that feature might have been good for. Each dinosaur has its own spread with an artists representation of what it might have looked like along with a picture of some representative fossils or bones. There's also an inset information featuring when the dinosaur was named and where/when it lived. More information is given in the glossary in the back, along with a grouping of dinosaurs, both strange and familiar, from the two supercontinents they lived on (and an explanation that they didn't all live at the same time).Very informative and accessible. Every dino-loving kid, grown-up, or other should have one.