Lone Star Dinosaurs by Louis Jacobs. Illustrations by Karen Carr.
Dinosaurs make science exciting. They show us how the earth has changed over eons. Our current period of geologic time, the Cenozoic era, has lasted a mere 66 million years—nearly 100 million years shorter than the Mesozoic reign of the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are as much a part of Texas history as people—possibly more.
Lone Star Dinosaurs tells the history of these gigantic reptiles in Texas and the accounts of people who found their fossilized remains. The story of Texas dinosaurs is made up of a myriad of smaller tales, most of which have not been told, about everyday people who make one-in-a-million discoveries.
Texas dinosaurs, whose remains have been found in the Panhandle, Central Texas, and Big Bend, included representatives from every basic dinosaur group. Dinosaurs covered in Lone Star Dinosaurs include Pleurocoelus, Alamosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Quezalcoatus, which flew like a bird, and last, but never least, Tyrannosaurus rex.
Lone Star Dinosaurs provides a guide to all the dinosaurs that roamed the state, tells of exciting fossil discoveries, relates the similarities of dinosaurs to present-day animals, and looks in depth at the ways dinosaurs likely became extinct.
Engagingly written and beautifully illustrated, Lone Star Dinosaurs will interest people of all ages fascinated by ancient history or natural science. Young and old alike can enter the world of the dinosaurs and the dinosaur hunters.
Texas A&M University Press, 1999. 7" x 9" paperback, 176 pages with 24 color and 15 b&w photos, 5 line drawings.
"It is written by an outstanding paleontologist who is an accomplished writer with a felicitous prose style. . . . a book that should be of wide appeal to general readers and to paleontologists, and not only Texans."—Quarterly Review of Biology