Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings

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From an essay on Charles R. Knight, the most influential of all artists to re-create extinct animals, to a "dinosaurian" prank posted over the Internet; from prehistoric scripts for comic books to writings for professional paleontological journals, author Don Glut has turned his peculiar fascination into a career. For nearly four decades, the author has written articles about dinosaurs, people in the paleontology field, extinct mammals, early humans, and monsters (some real, others hatched solely in the imagination), all relating in some way to creatures from the distant past. In the present work, Glut has brought together many of these articles, editing, updating, and supplementing where necessary, as well as providing some new writings. Each article is prefaced with introductory notes giving an historical perspective and comments on the origin of the piece, and providing continuity from one article to the next. The first section, "Paleo Words," includes essays about the science of paleontology; the second, "Personal Petroglyphs," concerns topics with which Glut was personally involved; and finally, "Mesozoic Media" contains media-related topics. The text will fascinate all who share a "prehistoric" interest.
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Donald F. Glut is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. Among his many works is the award-winning Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia and its supplements. He is the president of Frontline Entertainment and lives in Burbank, California.
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McFarland
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Jan 30, 2001
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288
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9780786462469
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English
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Nature / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Social Science / Popular Culture
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A new edition of the illustrated compendium that is “a gift to serious dinosaur enthusiasts” (Science).
 
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An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

Includes 75 images, world maps of the prehistoric earth, and a dinosaur family tree.

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