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RE: help with a dinosaur book


The book you're looking for is "The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a
Lost Era" - by William Stout (from 1981).  Stout is the artist/author.
The original version of the book was, I believe, only in trade paperback
size.  [You might find it listed under Byron Preiss - he's the

The science was as up-to-date as possible for the time.  The scientific
advisor was Dr. Peter Dodson (University of Pennsylvania [USA]).  

I bought a limited, leather-bound, slip-cased, signed and number edition
of the book when it was new [in the '80s]. (I think it was $100.00).  I
got Peter to sign it as well - He was surprised, as he hadn't seen that
particular edition.  (No. I'm not selling).

The dinos are colorful, but they always looked too emaciated to me.
[Look for the picture of dinosaurs having sex, and for a dinosaur making
a "night deposit" :-)].

The book is out-of-print. 

Also: "The New Dinosaurs" by William Stout (2000) - which is basically
an updated version of the older book, with over 30 new pages.  This book
seems to be currently available.

Hope this helps you.

Allan Edels 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Chris
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 11:33 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: help with a dinosaur book

Hey guys,

Joined here a couple of weeks ago and have to say these discussions are
fascinating although I feel a little out of my depth at times,
with all these cladistics! My degree is in classical languages and
are kinda just a hobby (from childhood).

Anyways, I am writing to see if anyone can help identify the
title/author(s?) of a dinosaur book I would like to obtain. I remember
reading it as a kid, so it must have been around for the late 80s, but I
also saw a paperback reprint a couple of years ago in a bookshop. The
had a dark green or greeny brown parasaurolophus (I think?!). It is a
hefty book, but based more on artwork and mini-stories about different
dinosaurs, aimed at a general reader. I don't think the science was a
primary focus.

The cover of Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales uses an example of the
artwork from the book, here is the link:


(I think this piece is from the frontispiece art of the book)

All of the artwork from the book is in this style, so possibly there was
just the one artist. A couple of images I remember include a
laying eggs in its nest while a pack of salivating early mammals swarm
in; a
sauropod (or group of) swimming in flight from a theropod while some
plesiosaurs/pliosaurs attack from below; a hadrosaur being taken down by
giant croc; a valley full of ankylosaur skeletons; an iguanodon standing
the shadow of an enormous rock. Beside the illustrations in the page
are given the stats of the dinosaurs....weight, length, time period etc
(weight is in pounds, which I always read as "libs", being raised with
metric system ;)

The final section of the book is a catalogue of dinosauria, with an
illustration of species from all the different families, as well as
additional sketches of jaws/claws/etc etc.

Thanks in advance,

Chris Hart