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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> dbensen
> Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 12:41 AM
> To: maniraptor@yahoo.com
> >>I'm looking for the most up-to-date general overview
> on the dinosauria - would this be it? [The Complete Dinosaur]<<
> Not really.  The section on theropods is very sparce, although the
> ornithscians and sauropods are well-represented.  Dinosaurs: a Global
> View, by S&S Czerkas



The text Czerkas & Czerkas book is very out of date: I would only recommend
it for the art.

The current best overviews of dinosaurs available are probably the Complete
Dinosaur, Currie & Padian's Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, and Dingus & Rowe's
The Mistaken Extinction.  If you can find the Academic Edition of the
latter, get it: it comes with a CD-Rom (The Age of Dinosaurs) which includes
what is probably the best available summary of phylogenetic relationships
among dinosaurs (and of the position of dinosaurs within vertebrates).

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland          College Park Scholars
                College Park, MD  20742
Phone:  301-405-4084    Email:  tholtz@geol.umd.edu
Fax (Geol):  301-314-9661       Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-314-7843