What’s Where on Earth Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life – a book review

We recently went on a day trip to the Isle of Wight and while we were there we visited a Dinosaur museum. The kids were actually invited into a back area to see how they were busy rebuilding a dinosaur skeleton. It was an amazing day out and it naturally relaunched my son’s interest in Prehistoric creatures. Now we already have a number of dinosaur books but I felt like we needed to step it up and get something with more detail about the individual creatures and something that shows where they lived. I searched and found this book What’s Where on Earth Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life: The amazing history of earth’s most incredible animals and requested a review copy from DK. This Book is amazing, a true gem for mini-palaeontologists.

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The illustrations are incredible, the detail truly impressed me, very life-like and realistic (well how we would imagine dinosaurs looked).

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But as amazing as the illustrations are my son and I also really like the facts included. For each dinosaur and prehistoric creature they include maps of where they were and link the ancient maps to where it would be in the current world. They also talk about the habitat, the climate, unique features about each creature, skulls or skeletons are sometimes shown and they sometimes link features back to modern animals. Really fascinating facts about these creatures.

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For us one of the best dinosaurs books we have read (and we have read a lot of dinosaur books).

Okay so what is included in this book.

The Book starts by talking about the “Rise of the Dinosaurs” – which is how life forms developed on Earth. It introduces the three main periods of the Mesozoic era – Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous and then “what is a dinosaur”.

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After the introduction there are chapters for each continent. These chapters consist of double pages for every dinosaur found on that continent. We really liked this idea – grouping the dinosaurs on their Geographical location. And at the end of each continent chapter there is a fossils find page which summaries the major fossils finds on each continent (a nice visual summary).

inside page of What's Where on Earth Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life

After the 6 continent chapters there is a chapter called “After the Dinosaurs”. A chapter we really enjoyed as often these creatures are a bit ignored but really they are just as fascinating as the dinosaurs.

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And then a final chapter called “Reference” which explains how fossilization occurred and mass extinction. 

Really an informative book.

And it has even inspired some realistic dinosaur representations of our own.

using the dinosaur book to get realistic colours for pictures

Admin Bit – I did request this book as a review copy.  All opinions expressed are that of my little palaeontologists and his reading companion (me).

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DK What's Where on Earth Dinosaurs and othe Prehistoric Life. One of the best dinosaur books

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