Dinosaurs of Darkness opens a doorway to a fascinating former world, between 100 million and 120 million years ago, when Australia was far south of its present location and joined to Antarctica. Dinosaurs lived in this polar region. How were the polar dinosaurs discovered? What do we now know about them? Thomas H. Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich, who have played crucial roles in their discovery, describe how they and others collected the fossils indispensable to our knowledge of this realm and how painstaking laboratory work and analyses continue to unlock the secrets of the polar dinosaurs. This scientific adventure makes for a fascinating story: it begins with one destination in mind and ends at another, arrived at by a most roundabout route, down byways and back from dead ends. Dinosaurs of Darkness is a personal, absorbing account of the way scientific research is actually conducted and how hard and rewarding it is to mine the knowledge of this remarkable life of the past. The award-winning first edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest discoveries and interpretations, along with over 100 new photographs and charts, many in color.
If you want to escape to a world full of fun and fantasy, head for Walt Disney World & Orlando. The area is the No. 1 family vacation destination in the U.S., and this guide will show you hundreds of reasons why. Whether you’re taking your kids or grandkids or treating your “inner child”, you’ll find tons to see and do. You can count a shark’s teeth up close or swim with a dolphin. Tour some of the world’s most unique countries at Epcot or the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom. Strap in for stomach-churning rides or take in great shows. You can check out incredible marine life, exotic wild life, or Orlando’s exciting night life. This friendly guide clues you in to must-see attractions, the best deals, great shopping options, and more. It gives you the scoop on: Walt Disney World, including The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, and more Other terrific theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, and more The best daring thrill rides, including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Dueling Dragons twin roller coasters, Jurassic Park River Adventure, and the Tower of Terror Tamer rides and attractions, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Shrek 4-D, and Kilimanjaro Safari Great shows, parades, fireworks displays, and more Like every For Dummies travel guide, Walt Disney World & Orlando For Dummies 2006 includes: Down-to-earth trip-planning advice What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip The best hotels and restaurants for every budget Handy Post-it® Flags to mark your favorite pages
"I’m going to Disney World." So are more than 15 million other people. Disney World is the number-one tourist destination in the country, and Orlando typically has almost 50 million visitors a year. Disney World includes four theme parks, a dozen other attractions, and two entertainment districts. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld add another four theme parks, three resorts, and a lively entertainment area to the Orlando mix. So how do you make the most of your time and your money? Whether you’re more interested in braving the rides or seeing the shows and the sites, this guide helps you decide where to stay, what to see, and what to do. It covers: The favorite rides and attractions (wild or mild) at all the major theme parks Great resorts, themed hotels, and all kinds of kid-friendly accommodations Orlando’s exciting nightlife at Pleasure Island, City Walk, and other hot spots Vacation package options and ways to save money Transportation around Orlando and Disney’s special transport system Orlando’s best special events Like every For Dummies travel guide, Walt Disney World & Orlando For Dummies 2007 includes: Down-to-earth trip-planning advice What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip The best hotels and restaurants for every budget Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages With this guide, you plan your trip to fit your style. Test your nerve on stomach-churning rides or rest and relax poolside. Mingle with the mouse or marvel at Shamu. Enjoy gourmet dining or a character meal with Goofy, Cinderella, or Simba. Head out on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or go on a shopping safari at Disney World or in Orlando. Take in Revenge of the Mummy, Fear Factor Live and Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios Florida or dance with a German oompah band at Epcot. Test your physical limits at Islands of Adventure or get up close and personal with marine life at SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. With this guide, you’ll have a world of fun!
Can a dinosaur-riding Native American stop the Mongol invasion of North America in 1210 AD? Or will our hero switch sides -- and become the Khan of the New World? Don't miss the shocking conclusion to the WEST TOWARDS HOME storyline -- and the revelation of the destiny of Turok, Dinosaur Hunter, and Altani, Captain of the Mongol skyriders!
Over the past six years Michael Novacek, the Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, has led a team of international scientists to the Gobi Desert on the greatest dinosaur expedition of the late 20th century. Closed to the West since the 1920's, the remote sands of Mongolia's Gobi Desert constitute the richest fossil site in the world. In Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, Novacek invites the reader along with his team as he recounts the day-to-day drama of field exploration and discusses the remarkable discoveries that he and his colleagues unearthed, fossil finds that have helped to reshape our understanding of the dinosaur and early mammal era. Interweaving the adventure of field research with chapters that bring the reader up to date on contemporary dinosaur theory and science, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs brings the excitement of scientific discovery to life.
Anyone with a passion for dinosaurs or prehistoric life will cherish this once-in-a-generation masterpiece.The book includes the following features: Over 200 full-color illustrations More than 100 color photographs from museums, field sites, and collections around the world Thoughtfully placed drawings and charts Clearly written text reviewed by major sauropod researchers Descriptions of the latest sauropod concepts and discoveries A field guide to major groups of sauropods Detailed skeletal reconstructions and anatomical restorations A comprehensive glossary
The first Australian dinosaur or, rather, the claw of a meat-eating dinosaur, was discovered in Victoria in 1903. Since then, six different species of dinosaurs have been found in this part of Australia and there is evidence that there are more. In this absorbing book, paleontologist Dr. Thomas Rich takes us into the world of polar dinosaurs and provides a first-hand look at the exciting, yet painstaking work of dinosaur hunting. Polar Dinosaurs describes the species and behavior of these dinosaurs and outlines their relationship to other Australian dinosaurs, including the famous ankylosaur, Minmi, from Queensland, and opalised hypsilophodontid bones from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. Color photographs of fossils are included, as well as beautiful paintings by artist Peter Trusler that bring this ancient landscape and its inhabitants to life.
Today, any kid can rattle off the names of dozens of dinosaurs. But it took centuries of scientific effort—and a lot of luck—to discover and establish the diversity of dinosaur species we now know. How did we learn that Triceratops had three horns? Why don’t many paleontologists consider Brontosaurus a valid species? What convinced scientists that modern birds are relatives of ancient Velociraptor? In The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating stories behind the most important fossil finds and the intrepid researchers who unearthed them. In twenty-five vivid vignettes, he weaves together dramatic tales of dinosaur discoveries with what modern science now knows about the species to which they belong. Prothero takes us from eighteenth-century sightings of colossal bones taken for biblical giants through recent discoveries of enormous predators even larger than Tyrannosaurus. He recounts the escapades of the larger-than-life personalities who made modern paleontology, including scientific rivalries like the nineteenth-century “Bone Wars.” Prothero also details how to draw the boundaries between species and explores debates such as whether dinosaurs had feathers, explaining the findings that settled them or keep them going. Throughout, he offers a clear and rigorous look at what paleontologists consider sound interpretation of evidence. An essential read for any dinosaur lover, this book teaches us to see an ancient world ruled by giant majestic creatures anew.
The archaeopteryx was a prehistoric creature that many scientists believe was the first bird. Your mission: to track down this creature and photograph it, which may prove once and for all whether or not birds descended from dinosaurs. But to do this, you have to travel back in time to the Mesozoic era, the age of the dinosaurs! The Time Machine series challenges young readers to use their imagination and decision-making skills to write their own story. Options in the text allow readers to choose any path they like within the plot. Readers must draw on background information about the period to make the right choices. This makes the series a great educational device for youngsters to learn about history and all the different cultures, events, and periods that shaped it.
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