The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life

The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life

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Baker & Taylor
Text and digitally-created illustrations cover more than one hundred of the earliest beasts with profiles on their physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, and distribution across prehistoric Earth.

Firefly Books Ltd
An illustrated guide to 112 beasts dating from the Cambrian Period to the Pleistocene Epoch, with profiles on physical characteristics, lifestyle, habitat, behavior and distribution across prehistoric earth. A companion to a new Discovery Channel series.

The most exciting view of prehistoric life.

"Comprehensive, illustrated encyclopedia to prehistoric animals... lifelike detail... this easily readable book should appeal to dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages."
-Science News

The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life. The book's concise, jargon-free text and full color illustrations bring the primordial world to vivid photo-realistic life. In-depth profiles of 112 kinds of beasts cover physical characteristics, lifestyle, habitat and behavior. Throughout, "fascinating fact" sidebars offer additional bits of "dinotrivia." But there is more than dinosaurs here. Readers will find creatures from triobites to early human beings.

At the heart of the book are 350 richly detailed and lifelike color illustrations -- accompanied by comprehensive text -- which are the result of pioneering work by the Emmy award-winning creative team at Framestore CFC. Using animation, graphic effects and filmmaking, they recreated awe-inspiring prehistoric creatures and the world they lived in. These images are now reproduced to thrill readers.

The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life was published to accompany two BBC TV prime-time programs, Life Before Dinosaurs and Walking with Life, both part of the Discovery Channel's award-winning Walking with Dinosaurs series.

Book News
Given the vivid and sometimes graphic images presented here, one feels fortunate to exist in historic life. The authors, who prepared the series Walking with Dinosaurs, place all the slithering, stalking, and flying things within their chronology and context, giving their habitat, habits, and relationship to critters to come. They describe the first to emerge from the ooze, the reptiles they engendered, and the wider range of beasts that arose as the large animals, including the dinosaurs, slipped away. The illustrations are very lifelike (perhaps too lifelike for those sensitive to certain eating and fighting habits) and explain how such massive beasts as the indricotherium related to their environment and each other while making sure the less well-known lifeforms also get the appropriate amount of face time. The chronology the authors provide is especially helpful. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Accurate, jargon-free text and digitally created illustrations cover more than one hundred of the earliest beasts with profiles on their physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, and distribution across prehistoric Earth. 12,000 first printing.

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781554071258
Branch Call Number: 560 HAI
Characteristics: 216 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Chambers, Paul 1968-
Alternative Title: Prehistoric life


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Jun 21, 2018

Got this book mainly because of the FANTASTIC pictures, even though I can point out a ton of mistakes about the creatures they have in here. The biggest one being Liopleurodon is not 80 feet long. Also has the Unitarianism view, but that was expected. Go into this book knowing a lot of facts have been changed.

Aug 27, 2016

Good book on Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life. Features species that were included in the Walking With... series and their specials. Decent CG graphics. Generally looks very real.

Feb 21, 2016

I've read this book 3 times already and I still want to read it! Such a good hook book!

Apr 18, 2012

Amazing!Fantastic! 2000 out of 5 stars! Mesozoic-Tastic! 65 million years percent great! Pictures are 99.9 percent prehistoric reality, and The Pictures of Animals are amazing! My favorite walking with programs are Walking with dinosaurs, walking with prehistoric beasts,walking with monsters, allosaurus, the giant claw, land of giants, sea monsters, into the jaws of death, to hell and back, prehistoric park, arena spectacular
and march of the dinosaurs.


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Apr 18, 2012

quinnandmama thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99


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