Prehistoric Animals Book List: The Best Books On Prehistoric Life

A selection of books on prehistoric animals for those fascinated by early life...

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DK Eyewitness Books: Prehistoric Life

Prehistoric life book
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  • Author: William Lindsay
  • Publisher: DK Children
  • No. of Pages: 72
  • Dimensions: 279 x 215 mm

They say:

With more than 20 million copies sold in 41 languages and more than 88 countries worldwide, DK Eyewitness has been the most trusted series in reference publishing for more than three decades. Visually engaging, informative, and lively, the more than 100 titles in the Eyewitness series focus on subjects that complement students' personal interests and areas of study to make learning simple and fun.

The most trusted nonfiction series for teachers, librarians, and parents. Perfect for homework help. Combination of pictures and text make the series perfect for reluctant readers and ESL students

We say:

A comprehensive book that explores life on Earth from the earliest bacterial lifeforms onwards. The information is presented clearly with the high-quality design typical of DK publications.

Evolution: The Human Story

Evolution The Human Story Book
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  • Author: Dr. Alice Roberts
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: DK
  • No. of Pages: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 0.87 x 12.13 inches

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Travel back in time eight million years to explore the roots of the human family tree.

Interweaving latest discoveries, maps, and incredible illustrations, Evolution tells the story of our origins and helps us better understand our species, from tree-dwelling primates to modern 21st-century humans.

Renowned Dutch paleoartists the Kennis brothers bring our ancestors to life with their beautiful, accurate reconstructions that visually trace each step in our evolutionary history. Combined with clear prose, this comprehensive yet accessible book provides a rich history of each stage of human evolution, from human anatomy and behavior to the environment we live in. It also explains how Homo sapiens originated, evolved, and then migrated and colonized the entire planet.

Written and authenticated by a team of experts and with a foreword by Dr Alice Roberts, Evolution is a sweeping account of humans and our place in it.

We say:

Evolution: The Human Story tells the story of human evolution from the first primates to the emergence of modern man. A large (coffee-table-sized), hardcover book packed with easily-accessible information.

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals Book
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  • Author: Donald R. Prothero
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • No. of Pages: 240
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 in

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After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. Here is the ultimate illustrated field guide to the lost world of these weird and wonderful prehistoric creatures.

Provides an up-to-date guidebook to hundreds of extinct species, from saber-toothed cats to giant mammoths

  • Features a wealth of color illustrations, including new reconstructions of many animals never before depicted
  • Demonstrates evolution in action—such as how whales evolved from hoofed mammals and how giraffes evolved from creatures with short necks
  • Explains how mass extinctions and climate change affected mammals, including why some mammals grew so huge

We say:

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals offers a fascinating study of mammal evolution, including the appearance of mammals in the Mesozoic Era, and the subsequent explosion in mammal diversity in the Paleocene and beyond.

Although most pages contain either illustrations or photographs, this is not a book suitable for children. For adults interested in either mammals and prehistoric life, however, this book is a must.


Fossils Book
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  • Author: Cyril Walker & David Ward
  • Publisher: DK
  • No. of Pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 5.81 x 0.78 x 8.5 in.

They say:

This comprehensive pocket guide is the perfect introduction to finding, identifying, and collecting fossils. It features more than 500 species of plant and animal fossils, from trilobites to dinosaurs, to fossil trees. Over 1,000 photographs, most of them annotated, help you to pick out a fossil's most telling features, while a color illustration shows the fossil as a living plant or animal. A color-coded table in each species entry encapsulates vital information - such as scientific name, age, and habitat - for quick, easy reference. To help with the tricky initial stages of identification, the book also provides a diagram that makes it easy to recognize a fossil and place it in its correct group.

We say:

Fossils provides useful background information as well as a comprehensive fossil identification guide. It provides a good overall view of the many different types of fossils of both animal and plant life that can be found.

A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils

Beachcombers Guide to Fossils Book
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  • Author: Bob, Pam and Ashby Gale
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • No. of Pages: 544
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 in.

They say:

Compiled from decades of visiting beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts collecting fossils and conducting extensive research, A Beachcomber’s Guide to Fossils is the definitive guide for amateur collectors and professionals interested in learning more about the deep history they tread on during their vacations. Authored by Bob, Pam, and Ashby Gale, this guide offers over twelve hundred high-quality color photographs and detailed descriptions of more than three hundred fossil specimens found on beaches from Texas, east to Florida, and north to New Jersey.

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If you’re interested in the practical side of paleontology then A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils will be right up your street. With descriptions of fossils and tips on fossil identification, this guide will not only inspire you to get collecting but also help you to work out what you’ve found.

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