Paleontology deals with the History of Life. Its time is measured in geologic epochs and periods, in millions of years instead of centuries. Man, by this measure, is but a creature of yesterday — his "forty centuries of civilization"* but a passing episode. It is by no means easy for us to adjust our perspective to the immensely long spaces of time involved in geological evolution. We are apt to think of all these extinct animals merely as prehistoric — -to imagine them all living at the same time and contending with our cavedwelling ancestors for the mastery of the earth.
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I love dinosaurs! This is good for skilled dinosaur fans.
Plucked from time
As somebody who grew up obsessed with dinosaurs from practically the beginning I enjoyed this very much. The presentation is dry at times and of course much of the information is outdated but I think there's charm in that.
In reading the texts and accounts, and seeing the original dig photos, fossil mounts and reconstructions, you get a feel for what it was like to be back in an exciting time for dinosaur study. There are even the seeds of theories that would become commonplace in the last few decades.
It reads like a textbook but any dinosaur fan should enjoy the trip back in time.
A good book