Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122268106, 9780080494746

Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs

1st Edition

Editors: Philip Currie Kevin Padian
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122268106
eBook ISBN: 9780080494746
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th September 1997
Page Count: 869
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This book is the most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs and dinosaur science. In addition to entries on specific animals such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor, the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs covers reproduction, behavior, physiology, and extinction. The book is generously illustrated with many detailed drawings and photographs, and includes color pictures and illustrations that feature interpretations of the best known and most important animals. All alphabetical entries are cross-referenced internally, as well as at the end of each entry. The Encyclopedia includes up-to-date references that encourage the reader to investigate personal interests.

Key Features

Key Features

  • The most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs
  • Includes many detailed drawings, photographs and illustrations in both color and black-and-white
  • Contains comprehensively cross-referenced alphabetical entries with internal references, as well as references at the conclusion of each entry
  • Provides in-depth references, allowing readers to pursue independent interests
  • Includes sixteen plates and 35 color illustrations


Reference and college libraries, public and high school libraries, book clubs, trade distributors, and professional societies for paleontology, evolution, geology, zoology, and ecology.

Table of Contents

Thematic Table of Contents. Contributors. A Guide to Using the Encyclopedia.

Michael Crichton, Foreword. Preface. Dedication.

F.E. Novas, Abelisauridae.

L.L. Jacobs, African Dinosaurs.

G. Erickson, Age Determination.

A. Chinsamy, Albany Museum.

K. Padian and J.R. Hutchinson, Allosauroidea.

P. Dodson, American Dinosaurs.

L. Dingus, American Museum of Natural History.

K. Carpenter, Ankylosauria.

J.M. Parrish, Archosauria.

J.R. Hutchinson and K. Padain, Arctometatarsalia.

R.E. Molnar, Australasian Dinosaurs.

L.M. Chiappe, Aves.

The Editors, Avetheropoda.

K. Padian, Avialae.

H. Osmólska, Barun Goyot Formation.

J.L. Sanz, Bastus Nesting Site.

The Editors, Bavarian State Collection for Paleontology and Historical Geology.

P. Currie, Bayan Mandahu.

H. Osmólska, Bayn Dzak.

J.R. Horner, Behavior.

A. Chinsamy, Bernard Price Institute for Paleontological Research.

J. Le Loeuff, Biogeography.

R.M. Alexander, Biomechanics.

R. Chapman, Biometrics.

C. Trueman, Biomineralization.

S.G. Lucas, Biostratigraphy.

K. Padian, Bipedality.

K. Padian, Bird Origins.

B. Breithaupt, Bone Cabin Quarry.

P. Currie, Braincase Anatomy.

K. Padain and J.R. Hutchinson, Bullatosauria.

M. Lockley, Cabo Espichel.

J.S. Moratal


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About the Editor

Philip Currie

Philip Currie is noted for many expeditions to sites in North and South America and Asia, particularly in China where he and others unearthed the "feathered" dinosaurs. He is currently the Curator of Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, and an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. He holds a doctorate from McGill University and is the author or co-author of nine earlier books on dinosaurs, as well more than 100 papers and articles. His work has been reported on by The New York Times, National Geographic, the PBS Nova series, Canadian Geographic, a CBS special on dinosaurs, and various other media.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

Kevin Padian

Kevin Padian is Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Lower Vertebrates in the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. His doctorate is from Yale University. He is a frequently quoted authority in both the scientific and popular press on the subject of dinosaurs, particularly on the relationship of birds and dinosaurs. His previous publications include seven books as well as 60 technical papers and 60 general articles, and his research findings have been described in Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, and other media.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.


"Anyone who is truly curious about the reptiles that ruled the world... will find answers to every possible question about them in the definitive Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, compiled by two of the world's foremost dinosaur experts... Every public library and every school in America should own it, for it is the most valuable and up-to-date reference work on the intriguing subject ever published." David Perlman, Science Editor in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE "Currie is well known for unearthing the "feathered dinosaur" in China, and Padian has written extensively on the relationship of birds and dinosaurs. Their book features 275 original articles, heavily illustrated with photographs, paintings, drawings, and diagrams, many in color. Given the enduring interest among the general population in dinosaurs, this will prove to be a very popular reference source." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "Although this is definitely an adult reference book, libraries with young dinosaur aficionados should prick up their ears. What most recommends this densely written volume is that it brings readers straight to the facts, fresh from the scientists' mouths, instead of filtering the information through an intermediary writer." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs is quite possibly the most valuable and comprehensive volume ever published on dinosaurs, and it is sure to become the reference work in the field. Edited by two of the world's foremost dinosaur experts, it includes hundreds of contributions from virtually every luminary in the field. The Encyclopedia not only embraces the very latest research, but it also includes copious entries on fossil sites, geological periods and formations, dinosaur discoveries, collections, paleontologists, methodology, and much, much more--all profusely illustrated. No topic in science generates more interest