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    Best dinosaur books - seeking reccomendations

    Hey folks I'm starting to feel that urge to sculpt again, I'm looking to do some dinosaur sculptures (not life size obviously). It's been who knows how long since I had any dinosaur books as a grade schooler but recently I picked up:

    Dinosaurs a Global View - it has some skeletal diagrams which is some of what I was looking for

    The Complete Book of Dinosaurs -great drawings and measurements in a visual encyclopedia style of many dozens species

    But being the book geek that I am, I'm always looking for that ultimate book on any given topic, in this case it would be a book with both skeletal diagrams and well rendered drawings of each species in different positions (front and side views).

    Anyone got any dino books which they could reccomend I scout for?




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    If you can find it I think you will like 'Predatory Dinosaurs of the World' by Gregory S. Paul. He has lots of "life-like" illustrations plus muscle on bone type as well.

    I have a dozen others sitting around at home whose titles escape me but I'll browse them over the weekend and see if any would fit your bill.
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    you going to do hadrosaurs?
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    Thanks for the book reccomendation Pyro - I'm hitting the used book shop today so we'll see if I can locate a copy.

    Looking for an Anatotian or Edmontosaurus from your neck of the woods Rattler? I'd ideally like to do a little of everything. Including some of the half lizard half bird Dromaeosaurids - looking kind of like feathered dragons.

    It's weird to me that dinos don't have double latin names - with the exception of "T. rex" - anybody know why?

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    yeah they have double Latin.........but other than the more technical works its rarely used.....

    as to my hadrosaur question, was just going bring up if your serious about doing them as correct as possible, in light of the "mummified" dinosaur finds made over the last few years i would have to say 99.9% of books have their builds slightly off........their is much more "meat" on the tails than originally thought......unsure where it puts others groups but


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    No worries for the recommendation. You should like it for the Dromaeosaurids. It also has the Ornithnomimids even though some people do not consider them "predatory"...

    Also, Re: your comment about feathers. Just recently heard this but there is some evidence that a great number of the predators had feathers. Even T-Rex (which is slightly disturbing to picture, an 8-tonne killer "chicken")

    I'll echo Rattler's comment on the hadrosaurs. If you can find Bakker's 'The Dinosaur Heresies' he has a couple good depictions of them but even those may be out of date by now (the book was published 20+ years ago I think). Wish I still had mine come to think of it...
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    i found a copy of "Dinosaur Heresies" at a used book store a few months ago......read it cover to cover for the first time in 10 years...very good read, most the info i think still applies to today though.........if you are interested in doing a Montanoceratops i might could be interested in purchasing it depending........ive got a picture drawn by Robert Bakker of this species from when i attended one of his talks a few years back.......wouldnt mind a sculpture to go with it
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    Swords, have you been watching too much "Walking with Dinosaurs"? Just kidding, I think making dino sculptures (or dino anything for that matter) is awesome.


    Come on guys... It's all about Ankylosauria! ......or Plesiosauria.
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