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Time of the Giants
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5961-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 07/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 567
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 160

Summary

The story of the best-known dinosaurs is told in Time of the Giants. The Middle and Late Jurassic epochs saw the largest land animals ever to walk the Earth—the sauropods. But the giants were not alone; other kinds of dinosaurs were diversifying rapidly as well. Most notably, predatory dinosaurs began their own trend towards gigantism, and the prolific development of plated and armored herbivores filled ecological spaces not occupied by the long-necked behemoths. By the end of the Jurassic period, dinosaurs achieved efficient extremism in the size of land animals with equally elegant metabolic and thermoregulatory mechanisms to maintain an active lifestyle. At the other end of the size scale, some small meat-eating dinosaurs, such as Archaeopteryx, developed powered flight and gave rise to birds. This fully illustrated book also examines the scientific view of dinosaurs as living creatures. Once considered docile and inactive—like their distant cold-blooded reptile relatives—dinosaurs are now thought to have been active, energetic creatures that used a variety of methods to maintain a constant body temperature.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. References. Further reading. Web sites. Glossary. Appendixes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Thom Holmes is a writer who specializes in natural history subjects and dinosaurs. He is noted for his expertise on the early history of dinosaur science in America. He was the publications director of The Dinosaur Society for six years and the editor of its newsletter, Dino Times, the world’s only monthly publication devoted to news about dinosaur discoveries. It was through the society and his work with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that Thom developed widespread contacts and working relationships with paleontologists and paleo-artists throughout the world.

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