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Natural Histories of Dinos
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:44:27 AM »
When I think of what natural history means, I think of the Geils/Vogler quote below. A Natural History of Dinos (henceforth NHD) is the best kind of non-encyclopedic dino book. There are 2 main reasons for why I think that is: 1) It's "designed to be read from start to finish as the developing story of a remarkable group of animals...[in a] direct, clear written style" ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-History-Museum-Book-Dinosaurs/dp/184442183X ); See Joseph's "For Love of Stories" ( https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2019-06/love-stories ) for why it's important that popular dino books are designed that way; 2) It puts dinos into an evolutionary & ecological context; See "Item Mentality and Dinosaurs in Popular Science" ( ) & "Alternatives to the Item Mentality in Dinosaur Books and Art" ( ) for why it's important that popular dino books do that. Yes, I have a Bachelor of Science in "Natural History and Interpretation" ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/Finally-my-1st-journal-entry-327744587 ) & thus am very biased. That said, NHD books are mostly very good to great & I wanna know about all of them, hence this post. All the NHD books I know about are listed below. If there are any books you think should be listed, please let me know. Many thanks in advance. 2 more things of note: 1) No children's WWD books, only adult WWD books; 2) When trying to identify NHD books, look for a combination of the following or similar phrases:
-"a [adjective] look at"
-"a safari through time"
-"a trip to the Mesozoic"
-"as living animals"
-"day(s) of the dinosaur(s)"
-"dinosaur history"
-"evolution and ecology"
-"how they lived"
-"in a [adjective] context"
-"in the context of"
-"places them in"
-"the dinosaur story"
-"their evolution and extinction"
-"their history"
-"their natural habitat"
-"their natural environment"
-"their rise and fall"
-"their story"
-"their world"
-"time and space"
-"who they were"

Quoting Geils/Vogler (See "A Natural History Perspective": https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p063/rmrs_p063_210_217.pdf ):
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The term history in natural history derives from the Greek for inquiry or knowing. A natural history is a description of one kind of organism in its natural environment. It is a narrative on the development, behavior, relationships, evolution, and significance of a subject organism. We are inspired by Charles Darwin and E. O. Wilson. Their work demonstrates that natural history is not just for charismatic species, but also for ‘lowly’ barnacles and ants. Natural history unites biology and philosophy. What we perceive depends on how we observe and integrate that observation into an operational model of reality (see Hawking and Mlodinow 2010). What we perceive determines what we accept as true, beautiful, and right—therefore, what motivates our action.

Matthew's Dinosaurs: With Special Reference to the American Museum Collections ( https://archive.org/details/dinosaurswithspe00mattiala )

Colbert's The Dinosaur Book: The Ruling Reptiles and Their Relatives ( https://archive.org/details/dinosauruli13colb )

Geis' How and Why Wonder Book of Dinosaurs (See the Introduction: https://www.scribd.com/document/238848191/How-and-Why-Wonder-Book-5001-Dinosaurs )

Watson's Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles ( https://paleoaerie.org/2013/11/26/its-big-its-golden-and-its-dinosaurs/ )

Ostrom's The Strange World of Dinosaurs (See page 4 of the preview: https://archive.org/details/strangeworldofdi00ostr )

de Camp/de Camp's The Day of the Dinosaur ("Natural History: General": https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Day-of-the-Dinosaur-by-De-Camp-Catherine-Crook-Book-The-Cheap-Fast-Free-/302910345971 )

Swinton's The Dinosaurs ("Natural History: General": https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Dinosaurs-by-W-E-Swinton-Hardback-1970/91009080 )

McGowen's Album of Dinosaurs ("Following an introductory sketch of the history and general characteristics of dinosaurs, each of twelve succeeding chapters focuses upon a particular genus...its peculiarities, presumed habits, and relationships to contemporary life": https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=bks&ei=3rvGXK_LJJ7K0PEP09OFqAU&q=%22Following+an+introductory+sketch+of+the+history%22 )

Halstead's The Evolution and Ecology of the Dinosaurs

Moody's A Natural History of Dinosaurs

Tweedie's The World of Dinosaurs ("Natural History: General": https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/The-World-of-Dinosaurs-by-Michael-W-F-Tweedie-Hardback-1977/89888062 )

Lambert's Dinosaurs/The Illustrated Book of Dinosaurs/The Giant Dinosaur Book ( https://books.google.com/books?id=yU7zIKi0xngC&source=gbs_similarbooks ) ( https://www.worldcat.org/title/giant-dinosaur-book/oclc/48739443 )

Charig's A New Look at the Dinosaurs ( https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/naish-and-barretts-dinosaurs-how-they-lived-and-evolved/ )

McLoughlin's Archosauria: A New Look at the Old Dinosaur ( https://marswillsendnomore.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/archosauria-a-new-look-at-the-old-dinosaur/ )

Sattler's Dinosaurs of North America ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2267190.Dinosaurs_of_North_America )

Man's Dinosaurs (It's basically an abbreviated version of Man's The Natural History of the Dinosaur/The Day of the Dinosaur)

Colbert's Dinosaurs: An Illustrated History (See the back cover: http://www.3dfx.ch/gallery/d/49916-1/Main+Dino+Books+rear.jpg )

Waldrop/Loomis' Ranger Rick's Dinosaur Book ("A magazine published ten times a year containing stories, photographs, riddles, games, and crossword puzzles relating to natural history": https://books.google.com/books/about/Ranger_Rick_s_Nature_Magazine.html?id=xvNJAAAAYAAJ )

Norman's When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (See "About this Item": https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=676254730 )

Wexo's Zoobooks - Dinosaurs ("Zoobooks...both natural history and the environment": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22Zoobooks+and+Dolphin%22 )

Zallinger's Dinosaurs and Other Archosaurs (See "Overview": https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dinosaurs-and-other-archosaurs-peter-zallinger/1000158456 )

Bakker's The Dinosaur Heresies: New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction ( http://cloggie.org/books/dinosaur-heresies.html )

World Book Inc.'s Dinosaurs!: A Supplement to Childcraft: The How and Why Library ("Natural History: General": https://www.ebay.com.au/p/183737983 )

Wallace's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaur

Elting's The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs ("Part of the Golden Book series dealing with natural history for young people": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22Elting%2C+Mary%2C+1988%2C%22 )

Man's The Natural History of the Dinosaur/The Day of the Dinosaur

Wexo's Dinosaurs (Prehistoric zoobooks) ("Zoobooks...both natural history and the environment": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22Zoobooks+and+Dolphin%22 )

Dixon's The Big Book of Dinosaurs: A Natural History of the Prehistoric World

Russell's An Odyssey in Time: The Dinosaurs of North America (See "About this book": https://www.nhbs.com/an-odyssey-in-time-the-dinosaurs-of-north-america-book?bkfno=17435 )

Kricher's Peterson First Guide to Dinosaurs ("A Guide to Field Guides: Identifying the Natural History of North America": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22to+Dinosaurs%2C+723%22 )

Gaffney's Dinosaurs ("A Guide to Field Guides: Identifying the Natural History of North America": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22715.+Gaffney%2C+Eugene%22 )

Czerkas/Czerkas' Dinosaurs: A Global View ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dinosaurs-Global-Sylvia-J-Czerkas/dp/1850280509 )

Norman's Dinosaur! ("The book was based on the television series of the same name, and examines the natural history of the dinosaurs, what they ate, where they lived and why they died": https://www.biblio.com/book/dinosaur-norman-david/d/431441993 )

Michard's Reign of the Dinosaurs ("Natural History: Animal & Wildlife": https://www.ebay.com/p/89717900 )

Wallace's Familiar Dinosaurs ("A Guide to Field Guides: Identifying the Natural History of North America": https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22Familiar+Dinosaurs%2C+731%22 )

Lessem's Dinosaur Worlds ( http://westnoblemiddle.mysurpass.net/websafari.exe/detail?sid=E7BC76EF-2CAF-4370-A100-3F5527DE3A2F&database=westnoblemiddle&list=R&rec=5&marc=11377 )

Haines' Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History

Benton's Walking With Dinosaurs: The Facts/Walking With Dinosaurs: Fascinating Facts

Martill/Naish's Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence

Lambert's DK Guide to Dinosaurs ("Depicts how dinosaurs lived and died, covering such topics as habitats, size, hunting techniques, self-defense, courtship, and family life": http://web.ccsu.edu/library/curriculumlab/bibliographies/Dinosaur.htm )

Colagrande/Felder's In the Presence of Dinosaurs (See "About this book": http://www.nhbs.com/title/109299/in-the-presence-of-dinosaurs )

Stout's The New Dinosaurs/The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era (See the back cover: http://www.3dfx.ch/gallery/d/49916-1/Main+Dino+Books+rear.jpg )

Bailey's The Day of the Dinosaurs

Barrett's Dinosaurs: A Natural History/National Geographic Dinosaurs

Gee/Rey's A Field Guide to Dinosaurs: The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC261880/ )

Gardom/Milner's The Natural History Museum Book of Dinosaurs

Brusatte/Benton's Dinosaurs ("Natural History: Animal & Wildlife": https://www.ebay.com/p/95523642?_trksid=p2047675.m4099.l9056 )

Brusatte's Field Guide to Dinosaurs (To quote Reed J. Richmond, "This is a slimmed down version of the huge coffee table book that Brusatte did earlier (titled "Dinosaurs")")

Sampson's Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7048639-dinosaur-odyssey )

Scott's Planet Dinosaur ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Dinosaur-Natural-History-BBC-x/dp/1849900930 )

Bakker's The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs ( https://paleoaerie.org/2013/11/26/its-big-its-golden-and-its-dinosaurs/ )

DeCourten's Dinosaurs Of Utah ( https://muse.jhu.edu/book/41386 )

White's Dinosaur Hunter: The Ultimate Guide to the Biggest Game (See "My thoughts": https://prehistoricpulp.com/2017/08/05/dinosaur-hunter-by-steve-white-2015/ )

Chuang/Yang's THEM: Age Of Dinosaurs ("Non-Fiction Subject: Natural History": https://www.ebay.com/itm/PNSO-THEM-Age-Of-Dinosaurs-Book/113900528994?hash=item1a85002562:g:tUkAAOSwCtJaCu3B )

Brusatte's Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a spectacular prehistoric world (See "Children's Books and other Popular Books": https://sites.google.com/site/brusatte/home/stephen-brusatte-science-writing )

Kuether's The Amazing World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Journey Through the Mesozoic Era ("Natural History: General": https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/The-Amazing-World-of-Dinosaurs-An-Illustrated-Journey-Through-the-Mesozoic-Era-by-James-Kuether/232639747 )

Naish/Barrett's Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved

Paul's The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs/Dinosaurs: A Field Guide ( https://press.princeton.edu/birds/w2field.html )

Fastovsky/Weishampel's Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History/The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs

Howard's Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era

Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a Lost World/The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

Norell's The World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Tour ( https://openlettersreview.com/open-letters-review/the-world-of-dinosaurs-an-illustrated-tour-by-mark-a-norell )
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 08:36:45 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Gee/Rey 2003 & Bakker 2013.
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 08:14:09 PM »
UPDATE: I've since added Watson 1960 & Sattler 1981.
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 08:25:06 PM »
Are you only interested in dinosaurs sensu stricto, or would you consider similar books on other groups/ecosystems? Would Oceans of Kansas count, for example?: http://amzn.to/2AvGQse
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 08:46:49 PM »
Are you only interested in dinosaurs sensu stricto,

Yeah, only dinos. Many thanks for posting in this thread, though.
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 07:45:42 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Charig 1979, Wallace 1987, Czerkas/Czerkas 1990, & Brusatte 2018. Also, I've since added more info about 1) why NHD books are the best kind of non-encyclopedic dino books, & 2) how to identify NHD books.
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2018, 05:31:30 PM »
UPDATE: I've since added Kricher 1990, Gaffney 1990, Wallace 1993, & DeCourten 2014.
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Re: Natural Histories of Dinos
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2018, 01:40:47 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added McLoughlin 1979, Elting 1988, Norman 1991, & Michard 1992.
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2018, 05:41:37 PM »
UPDATE: I've since added Tweedie 1977 & Paul 2016.
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2018, 04:56:02 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Colbert 1945 & Zallinger 1986.
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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2018, 08:25:25 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Bakker 1986 & Brusatte 2016.
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2018, 06:34:55 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Dixon 1989, Russell 1989, Chuang/Yang 2016, & Kuether 2016.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2019, 12:21:03 PM »
UPDATE: I've since added McGowen 1972, Lambert 1978, World Book Inc. 1987, & Wexo 1989.
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2019, 06:03:04 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Geis 1960, Ostrom 1964, de Camp/de Camp 1968, & Swinton 1970. Also, I've since added more info about how to identify NHD books.
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2019, 01:11:35 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Matthew 1915, Man 1983, Lambert 2000, & Norell 2019. Also, I've since replaced Weimberg's "What's the Best Way to Talk about Science?" w/Joseph's "For Love of Stories" (which isn't paywalled).
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2019, 11:31:29 AM »
UPDATE: I've since added Bailey 2001 & Howard 2017.
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