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Re: Dinosaurs: The textbook



>Michel is correct.  _The Dinosauria_ is the best dinostuff on the market,
>for beginners, too, because it has scientifically accurate illustrations of
>the bones.  I was pleased to see it is now in out in paperback (how long has
>this wonderful situation been going on).  The price is as high as a 
>diplodocid's neck, but you get what you pay for.  I am using the installment
>payment method for my copy (it's only around 40 bucks folks).  The cover
>is first rate artwork, too.  Although it is considered a technical reference
>source book, any bookstore can order it.


Yes and while I am very pleased with Dinosauria I have some nitpicks with
the illustrations. The quality of them varies from chapter to chapter
depending upon the artistic ability of the chapter author (or if they have
an artist on their staff I suppose). I find some chapters to be very well
illustrated, and others to be disapointing low quality line art. I would
personally like to see any future revisions of Dinosauria (or a similar
work) to have one standard set of illustrations. They should use an artist
that can produce high quality 3-d artwork that allows one to better
visulize key features on the bones. While I know it is too optimistic to
expect someting along the lines of the old lithographs of the early 20th
and 19th century I would like to see better gray scale illustrations. I
would also like more of the skeletal morpologic terminology on such
illustrations, this too varies from chapter to chapter. Some are acceptable
others lack it (usually where the art is only line art).

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