Saturday, January 10, 2009

No more farting around.

It's time to start reading this:



(That's one of those little Audubon stuffed birds that sings, and there is a hilarious story behind him that I may tell later. For now, he's just providing scale.)


I chanced to find Gregory S. Paul's Predatory Dinosaurs of the World at my beloved local library. They have two copies, which is impressive as the book is, tragically, out of print. Tragically because this is probably the one animal anatomy book I use the most often.


My copy (used book stores are wonderful) is dog-eared, highlighted, bookmarked; in short, much loved. The illustrations are Phenominal (a small sampling can be found in this fansite), and there are loads and loads of skeletal diagrams, musculature studies, and other anatomical diagrams. If you find a copy, even if you for whatever reason never want to draw a single theropod in your life (I do not understand you), buy it.


Really, if more animators/illustrators/ect. would put away their "Jurassic Park" DVDs and thumb through this book once in a while, I'd be a much happier person. (Not coincidentally, I hit the "Koal" episode of "Teen Titans" last night. You'll know the Wall-Banger scene when you see it. Ugh.)


Anyway, you'll understand why I was excited when I found out about Dinosaurs of the Air. Naturally, I assumed that this was either an update or a follow-up to Predatory Dinosaurs. The asking price on Amazon should have deterred me, but it didn't, and I snapped it up without having any idea what I was in for...

It's a textbook.

Nonetheless, I'm going to read it. Because I'm stupid like that.


Edit: Well, it didn't take long for that plan to get derailed:

Yay for interlibrary loans!

5 comments:

Zachary said...

Keep in mind that Paul's phylogenies are based on iffy character matrices. Paleontologist has kind of passed his umbrella idea by (maniraptors are birds) and has settled on a more focused notion: Deinonychosaurs might be avialians.

Trish said...

Eh, phylogeny smylogeny. I just use it for the skeletal diagrams.

Zachary said...

That's what I do. His skeletons and skulls in particular in this book are beeeeaaaauuuutiful.

JerkyD said...

"My copy (used book stores are wonderful) is dog-eared, highlighted, bookmarked; in short, much loved."

My copy's in "like new" condition, so you can have it if you want. I'm collecting dino books for "casual readers" & "the enthusiast" ( http://whenpigsfly-returns.blogspot.com/2008/04/paleo-reading-list.html ), so maybe we can make a trade of some kind.

"Naturally, I assumed that this was either an update or a follow-up to Predatory Dinosaurs. The asking price on Amazon should have deterred me, but it didn't, and I snapped it up without having any idea what I was in for...

It's a textbook."

At least you learned you're lesson after the 1st time. That kind of thing happened to me twice (1st w/"Feathered Dragons" & then w/"Dinosaurs of the Air").

JerkyD said...

^^ "My copy's in "like new" condition, so you can have it if you want. I'm collecting dino books for "casual readers" & "the enthusiast" ( http://whenpigsfly-returns.blogspot.com/2008/04/paleo-reading-list.html ), so maybe we can make a trade of some kind."

Nevermind what I said in the above quote. I just made a really good trade w/said book on Swap.com. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, though.