Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life: The definitive visual guide to prehistoric anima


From the origin of life, through the age of dinosaurs stalked by the terrifying tyrannosaurus rex, to the earliest humans, this book tells the story of life on Earth. Dinosaurs may be the stars of the show, but the book is truly comprehensive, with fossil plants, invertebrates, amphibians, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, and even early bacteria conjuring up an entire past world. To put all of these extinct species in context, the book explores geological time and the way life-forms are classified. It also looks at how fossils preserve the story of evolution, and how it can be deciphered.

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“Visitors to a natural history museum could not explore the number of examples contained here” – Booklist

Dive into an unprecedented survey of millions of years of life on planet Earth. Featuring an incredible mix of 3-D reconstructions, extraordinary skeletons, and amazingly intricate fossils, it uses the latest scientific research to recreate a wealth of ancient species, from the earliest primitive life forms to great dinosaurs, early mammals, and even the first humans.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life is a beautifully crafted encyclopedia of prehistoric species that the whole family can enjoy. In the pages of this unique book of natural history, you’ll find:

– A detailed catalogue of over 500 animals, plants, fungi and microbes with illustrations and fact files unmatched by any other book on the market

– Double-page features that take you on a close-up tour of some of the most fascinating fossils and skeletons

– Clear and crisp CGI reconstructions give a new life to some of the oldest identified species, allowing you to visualise them as they would have existed on Earth

– Richly annotated artworks displaying geological processes including how Earth formed and how fossils are preserved in rock

This richly illustrated catalogue starts with the first Precambrian microbes and traces the evolution of life through mass extinctions and ice ages. As well as dinosaurs, it features extinct plants, invertebrates, amphibians, fish, birds, reptiles, and mammals, conjuring up a series of past worlds. The book also explores geological time and examines how fossils preserve the story of evolution.

This newly updated edition of DK’s Prehistoric (2009) features updated information on hundreds of life forms, with a scattering of new entries – including the jellyfish Haootia, and the early Cretaceous mammal Ambolestes. Artists’ impressions of the living, breathing animals have also been updated according to the latest findings about colouring, feathers, and scales.

Combining stunning visuals and clear text, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life is not only packed with fascinating prehistoric facts and species, it’s beautifully foiled cover will take pride of place on your coffee table. The ideal gift for dinosaur enthusiasts and naturalists of all ages that will be treasured for years to come.

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Weight 2.491 kg
Dimensions 30.8 × 26 × 3.4 cm










First edition


567.9 (edition:23)


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