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To continue expanding the topic options in our virtual library, we have created a collection of dinosaur books in PDF format. This in order to continue learning about these fascinating primitive reptiles that have stolen the attention of many for many years.

Prehistory is a very long period of time, in which dinosaurs starred a part. How they became extinct is not entirely proven, but it is believed to have been the crash of a meteorite into the Earth. With our compendium of books on dinosaurs you will be able to study this topic much more in depth.

The word dinosaur comes from the Greek “deinos” and “sauros” which means “terrible lizard”. Dinosaurs were reptiles that inhabited the Earth between the Upper Triassic period (245 million years ago) and the end of the Cretaceous period (65 million years ago). Even so, they were not the first, as they were preceded by archosaurs.

Their origin was discovered from the finding of their fossils in excavations, and their direct ancestors were the thecodonts. In this sense, dinosaurs share a family with birds, flying reptiles and crocodiles.

They are divided into two groups: the saurischians and the ornithischians. The criterion for the division was the constitution of their hips. The former is similar to lizards and the latter to birds.

Within the saurischians are theropods and sauropods. Ornithischians include ornithopods, stegosaurs, ankylosaurs and ceratosaurs.
There are still many unanswered questions about dinosaurs, many facts cannot be confirmed with certainty and questions such as whether they cared for their young or why they disappeared as a species.

What we can do is to delve deeper into the existing information and delight ourselves with such a fascinating subject. To do so, we invite you to review our more than 20 dinosaur books in PDF format, all ready for free download on your different electronic devices.

Dinosaurs Books

1) The mesozoic era: A general history of Dinosaurs

Various authors

Source: Erth Visual & Physical Inc


2) The Origin and Early Evolution of Dinosaurs

Max C. Langer, Martin D. Ezcurra, Jonathas S. Bittencourt and Fernando E. Novas

Source: Universidade de São Paulo


3) Giant Theropod Dinosaurs from Asia and North America: Skulls of Tarbosaurus bataar and Tyrannosaurus rex compared

Jorn H. Hurum and Karol Sabath

Source: Polska Akademia Nauk


4) Evolution of the carnivorous Dinosaurs during the Cretaceous: The evidence from Patagonia

Fernando E Novas, Federico Agnolin, Martin Ezcurra and Juan D. Porfiri

Source: ResearchGate


5) Dinosaurs On Alaska’s North Slope

U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management

Source: Bureau of Land Management


6) The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs: A brief overview of terrestrial biotic changes during the Triassic

Nicholas C Fraser, Hans-Dieter Sues

Source: ReseachGate


7) Dinosaurios

Various authors

Source: FAUNIA


8) Animal diets in the Age of Dinosaurs

University of Leicester

Source: University of Leicester


9) The Story of Dinosaur Lake

Various authors

Source: USDA


10) Dinosaur Detectives

The Museum On eBay

Source: The Museum On eBay


11) Dinosaurs

Universidad de Carabobo

Source: Universidad de Carabobo


Dinosaur Books for Children

The simple fact of talking about dinosaurs presents a challenge to the human mind, throughout history there have been doubts about their existence on the one hand, while others affirm that they did exist (scientists). Because of that, they do not appear in school books for children, or anything about them, however, this is not important for the little ones, since they only care about having fun.

That is why dinosaurs are usually part of their large repertoire of toys and animated movies, there are even dinosaur books for children that teach them how each one of them supposedly was, their names, their food, their habitat, etc.

Without a doubt they are quite eye-catching, many of the illustrations that come in these books are very colorful and friendly, something that children love.

12) The Ultimate Playdate 65 Million Years in the Making

Dinosaur Zoo Live

Source: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts


13) Dinosaurs. Create a booklet of dinosaur species

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Source: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo


14) Dinosaur .

Activity Booklet


Source: Middlesbrough Council


15) Dinosaurs. Gigants of Patagonia

Smithsonian Institution

Source: Smithsonian Institution


16) Dinosaur. A to Z

Various authors

Source: PBS KIDS


Dinosaurs Coloring Pages

Painting is a playful activity that fosters the development of abstract thinking in children, helps them in their creative capacity, and stimulates their brains, besides being a healthy and fun recreational activity.

The coloring materials are quite varied, from simple primers to entire blocks, many of them contain drawings of each kind of dinosaur that has been recorded (fossils found) so that they can learn about it.

The types of dinosaurs to color are the following: Tyrannosaurs (carnivores, kings among dinosaurs and predators), Velociraptors (The fastest, also carnivores and predators), Diplodocus (the largest of all herbivores), Triceratops (herbivores) and Pterodactyls (flying). It is recommended that parents can take advantage of the opportunity to develop the creativity of their little artists.

17) Dinosaur Coloring Pages

Easy Peasy and Fun

Source: Easy Peasy and Fun


18) Cartoon Prehistoric Scene

Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Source: Homemade Gifts Made Easy


19) Stegosaurus

Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Source: Homemade Gifts Made Easy


20) Dinosaurs

Various authors

Source: Plus Plus Equals


21) 6 Cute Dinos

Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Source: Homemade Gifts Made Easy


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Earthshaker by Emma Laybourn. A free online, printable dinosaur story for kids

by Emma Laybourn

Chapter One


The earth shuddered.

Trees shook, dropping leaves on the tidy nest below.

The nest belonged to an iguanodon. As the eggs rolled around, their mother Brenda steadied them with a claw.

'What on earth?' she wondered.


Then, through the trees, appeared the biggest dinosaur she had ever seen. It was like a grey mountain on legs. It had a long, long, neck and a long, long tail.

'Who are you?' asked Brenda.

The long neck snaked towards her. Weak eyes in a little head gazed at her.

'I'm Seismosaurus,' said the enormous dinosaur, in a voice so tiny she could hardly hear it. 'I've come to live here.'

'Sei - Seis - ' tried Brenda.

'It means Earthshaker,' said the dinosaur. 'Call me Sizo if it's easier.'

'Well, Sizo, could you please tiptoe?'

'All right,' whispered the dinosaur. He took two more steps.


Pteranodons fell out of the trees. A group of hadrosaurs began trumpeting in alarm.

George, the old triceratops, came to see what was going on.

'I can't sleep for the noise,' he grumbled.

'It's Sizo here,' said Brenda. 'He's a little bit, um, heavy-footed.'

'Can't you tiptoe?' demanded George.

'I am tiptoeing,' said Sizo in his tiny voice.

'Hmph!' snorted George. 'What a racket! I hope he's not staying.'

'Oh, please let me stay,' begged Sizo. 'I've been alone for ages. I want to live with other dinosaurs.'

'Give him a chance, George,' said Brenda kindly. 'You can see he's a plant-eater. He's not going to eat us, are you, Sizo?'

Sizo shook his head. 'I'll only eat the highest leaves,' he whispered, 'the ones you can't reach. '

'Hmph! All right,' grunted George. 'But only if you remember to tiptoe!'

Chapter Two

So Sizo settled into his new home.

He liked the other dinosaurs. But he wasn't really happy.

He worried about making too much noise. Although he walked as quietly as he could, his footsteps made the earth tremble. The other dinosaurs blocked their ears and grumbled.

'Tiptoe!' George would bellow.

Sizo tiptoed, but that wasn't any quieter. In the end, it was easier not to walk at all. He just stood in one place for most of the day, eating whatever he could reach.

And life was peaceful, for a while.

Until -


The ground shuddered. Brenda's baby iguanodons tumbled over and began to cry. The hadrosaurs wailed in protest.

George came storming out of the forest.

'Oy, Sizo!' he roared. 'I told you to tiptoe!'

'But it's not me,' protested Sizo.

'It's true,' said Brenda. 'Sizo isn't moving.'

The dinosaurs stared at Sizo. He stood quite still; yet they could hear thuds and crashes.

'It must be another big dinosaur,' said George uneasily. 'Another Sizo.'

'Oh, no!' said Brenda. 'Come with me, children. You don't want to get trampled on!'

All the dinosaurs hurried away into the forest - all except Sizo.

'Another Seismosaurus!' he thought excitedly. 'Another Earthshaker! I wonder if it will be my friend?'

So he set off joyfully towards the noises to find out.

As he walked, the earth shook harder. The crashes grew louder. He could smell a strange, fierce, burning smell.

'Funny dinosaur, this,' thought Sizo.

He came round a bend, and stopped. Ahead of him a hump rose out of the forest.

'That's a huge dinosaur!' he thought.

The ground beneath him trembled.

'It's an Earthshaker all right,' said Sizo.

Then he saw that smoke was billowing from the hump. Down its side ran a glowing river of red.

'It's bleeding!' he whispered.

The thick red river flowed past a tree. It ripped it up, and threw it down with a crash.

Sizo blinked at the river with his small, weak eyes. It wasn't blood. It smelt of rock, and it was smoking.

'I don't think that's a dinosaur at all!' he said.

The smoking river hissed and sizzled. Two more trees thudded to the ground, and burst into flames.

The river did not stop. It kept on flowing through the forest.

'Oh, no! It's heading for our home!' gasped Sizo. 'I'd better warn the others!'

He plodded back as fast as he could. There was no-one around. Sizo cleared his throat, and shouted.


It was a tiny shout. He tried again.


Still nobody heard him.

'Help!' thought Sizo. 'Whatever can I do?'

Chapter Three

Nobody could hear Sizo's voice.

But he knew that everyone could hear his feet. So he began to dance.

He started with big, slow steps. Then he danced higher and higher, faster and faster.

Trees dropped their branches. The ground began to crack. And Sizo kept dancing.

All the other dinosaurs rushed up to stop him.

'I said TIPTOE!' yelled George.

'Sizo, what do you think you're doing?' cried all the dinosaurs.

'I'm dancing,' whispered Sizo.

'Dancing?' said George. 'That's it! You're banned!'

'But there's danger coming!'

'Danger?' said Brenda. 'Where?'

'There's a river of fire coming towards us. It's flowing out of a hill and burning everything up!'

'What?' cried Brenda. 'That's a volcano! We must get out of the way.'

The dinosaurs didn't wait to hear any more. Together, they thundered through the trees. A cloud of smoke followed them. Behind them, burning branches crackled and crashed to the ground.

'Where are we going?' wailed George.

'We need to get to higher ground,' said Brenda.

But her babies began to squeal. Hot ash was falling like rain.

'It's burning us, Mum!' they cried.

'Quick!' said Sizo. 'Come and shelter under me.'

The baby iguanodons crept beneath Sizo. His huge bulk kept the hot ash off them while they walked.

'You'll stand on them!' protested George.

'No, I won't,' said Sizo. He had had so much practice at tiptoeing that he never once trod on a baby's tail.

The dinosaurs climbed to the top of a hill and left the smoke and ash behind.

At last they stopped. Brenda's babies peered out from under Sizo.

'Is it safe yet?' panted George. 'I can't see.'

'Let me look.' Sizo craned his long neck over the treetops. 'Yes, we're safe here,' he said.

'Thanks to you!' said Brenda, gathering her children round her. 'Sizo, you're a real friend.'

'Am I?'

'The best. From now on, you can thump all you like. We won't complain.'

'Yes, we will!' said George.

The other dinosaurs glared at George. He coughed.

'Er, sorry. Thump away, Sizo. You can even dance if you want.'

'All right!' whispered Sizo happily. 'But I promise that I'll only dance on tiptoe!'


Would you like another dinosaur story?
Try Elly and Aargh!
or King of the Killers.

Copyright © 2012 Emma Laybourn

Read the book "Dinosaurs. 150,000,000 Years of Dominance on Earth" online in full📖 - Darren Naish - MyBook.

Translator Konstantin Rybakov

Scientific editor Alexander Averyanov, Doctor of Biol. Sciences

Editor Anton Nikolsky

Project manager I. Seryogina

Correspondents M. Milovidova, M. Savina

Computer layout K. Svishchev

Art-Director Yu. Buga

Cover illustrations:

Giganotosaurus © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Stegosaurus © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Archeopteryx © Bob Nichols / The Trustees of the Natural History Natural Museum, London

© The Natural History Museum, 2016

© Russian edition, translation, design. Alpina non-fiction LLC, 2018

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Dinosaurs are some of the most amazing animals that have ever lived on Earth. Appearing in the Triassic period about 230 million years ago, they reigned on land during the subsequent Jurassic (from 201 to 145 million years ago) and Cretaceous periods (from 145 to 66 million years ago). During this time, dinosaurs populated all continents and gave rise to hundreds of different species, of which more than a thousand have been discovered to date. Many of them are fantastic, bizarre creatures that amaze the imagination. Super Predator Tyrannosaurus Rex , backplate-adorned Stegosaurus , and long-necked, long-tailed Diplodocus remain some of the most recognizable and popular animals of all time. But dinosaurs are not just extinct giants destined to become stars of the big screen and the main attractions of museum expositions. They are dynamic, complex animals with amazing adaptations that have evolved as a result of certain lifestyles. They have dominated and thrived on Earth for over 150 million years—an enormous amount of time. As we shall see later, it is more correct to consider dinosaurs as a successful group that is still with us, because dinosaurs are not animals from a hazy distant past: they live and thrive today as one of the most visible and widespread groups of animals.

One of the most famous "facts" about dinosaurs is that they were all big. Indeed, the largest species reached the size of modern whales, and, unlike the latter, they were adapted to life on land. The evolution of gigantic size played an important role in the history of dinosaurs, and several groups of dinosaurs became incredibly large. However, during the existence of dinosaurs, there were many other evolutionary events and biological innovations that are of interest to scientists. More and more complex types of armor, horns, head crests, spikes, plates and tails appeared more than once. Dinosaurs had some of the most perfect teeth and dental batteries in the animal kingdom, and one group had some of the most incredible necks that a land animal has ever had.

People of all ages are interested in dinosaurs because many of them, such as Allosaurus and Diplodocus, looked incredible

Dinosaurs included bipeds and quadrupeds. They evolved from ancestral reptiles that were also both bipedal and quadrupedal. The evolution of tetrapod species from bipedal ancestors (and vice versa) is highly unusual. The sheer ease with which the dinosaurs made this transition may have contributed to their success.

Fascinating fossil record shows how small, feathered predatory dinosaurs (called theropods) evolved into birds about 160 million years ago, and today we have undeniable evidence that birds are dinosaurs - not just relatives or descendants, but one of the branches dinosaurs. Thus, the evolution of feathers and flight techniques is an important component of the history of dinosaurs, and research in this area, perhaps, attracts more interest today than any other topic.

Striking fossils say that some dinosaurs, such as Sinornithosaurus millennii from the early Cretaceous of China, were completely covered in feathers and looked much more like birds than previously thought

That birds are dinosaurs is an important fact. It means that the extinction of the dinosaurs must be forgotten. They didn't die. Of the three major groups of dinosaurs—theropods, sauropodomorphs, and ornithischians—one subgroup of theropods survived an extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago, and spawned incredible diversity in subsequent years. This subgroup - birds - today has approximately 10,000 species. According to some experts, about a million species of birds have existed throughout geological time. Since most of the evolution of birds took place against the background of their small size (the weight of the "average" bird is only about 40 g and the length is less than 20 cm), they were able to master a lifestyle that other dinosaurs could not. The history of the origin of birds, their evolution and diversity, we will consider in more detail in chapters 5 and 6.

Birds are very diverse animals, widely distributed and advanced in terms of anatomy. Therefore, it is important to immediately note the "dinosaur" nature of birds in any discussion of the history and diversity of dinosaurs. It is worth adding that the inclusion of birds as dinosaurs makes it difficult to generalize about dinosaurs in general. For example, when talking about carnivorous dinosaurs, do we mean owls, hawks, and falcons along with allosaurus and tyrannosaurus ? Or maybe when we talk about the extinction of dinosaurs, we mean the death of the dodo and the passenger pigeon?

Paleontologists get around this problem in several ways. In some books, it is immediately stipulated that the term "dinosaur" is used as a synonym for the expression "non-avian dinosaur." This approach is convenient, but not accurate - the fact that birds are actually dinosaurs is so important that we should keep them in mind (and not ignore) whenever we hear the word "dinosaur". Many scientists use expressions such as "non-avian dinosaurs" and "non-avian dinosaurs" to describe the "all dinosaurs except birds" group. In this book, we refer to all dinosaurs as "non-avian" except birds. We also use the expression "non-avian dinosaurs and ancient birds" when we talk about all dinosaurs, with the exception of those birds that survived the end of the Cretaceous. In general, we try to use the term "dinosaur" as a synonym for the name of the Dinosauria group, which includes birds.

When paleontologists find a new dinosaur fossil, their first goal is to publish a description of it. If enough material is found, data can be obtained on the animal's proportions, body shape, or lifestyle. Considerable attention is paid to the details of anatomy. If a fossil has unique features not found in related species, a new name may be needed. By comparing the anatomical features of a new dinosaur with related species, experts can get an idea of ​​its place on the family tree, and then formulate a working idea - a hypothesis - about the evolutionary history of the corresponding group. The study of evolutionary history is called phylogenetics, and a significant amount of work related to dinosaurs is devoted to it.

But, of course, the goal of paleontology is not just to describe an animal and place it on a family tree. Paleontologists also study how bones are made and what they reveal about dinosaur biology. Bones are more than just braces or beams to which muscles are attached. They grow, change, constantly rebuild inside. Paleontologists usually take thin sections or segments of bone, examine them under a microscope, and thus learn a lot about how dinosaurs grew and even reproduced. They examine teeth, muscles, and other organs to find out how extinct animals functioned in life, how they moved, breathed, and ate. The study of the relationship of anatomy to the movement and behavior of an animal is called functional morphology. Currently, the study of the anatomy and functional morphology of dinosaurs usually uses computer methods, including three-dimensional imaging, computed tomography, and digital processing of many photographic images and measurements (so-called photogrammetry). We will expand on the functional morphology of dinosaurs in Chapter 3, and in Chapter 4 we will discuss what these studies tell us about dinosaur biology and behavior.

Excavating a fossil is not easy, especially if it is large, like this nearly complete Stegosaurus skeleton. Moreover, finding and extracting a skeleton from the ground is just the first step in a long scientific study

Books Dinosaurs: paper, electronic and audio books

Children's encyclopedias about dinosaurs for a child from 6 years old, bright design, beautiful photos, many interesting facts about Jurassic World period.

This section of the Eksmo catalog contains books that will be of interest not only to children, but also to their parents. Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago, no one has seen them alive, but they still excite the minds of children and adults.

The books you'll find here about these amazing prehistoric creatures are colorful, with vivid, realistic illustrations and an easy-to-follow style.

Children who cannot read will enjoy looking at pictures of extinct lizards. Some editions are equipped with windows and valves, opening which, the child will be able to develop cognitive interest and hand motor skills.

However, numerous encyclopedias will not only amaze children's imagination with believable illustrations, but will also provide information:

  • about varieties of ancient lizards;
  • about the structure of these creatures;
  • about their diet;
  • about the development of the prehistoric world;
  • about the reasons why dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the Earth;
  • about archaeological searches and finds;
  • about those animals that are descendants of extinct lizards.

It is important to note that these books are in the section of children's literature, so there is no place for bloody duels between toothy giants and other elements of cruelty.

Especially, we advise you to pay attention to the following books:

Your 1st encyclopedia

Many millions of years ago, long before the appearance of man, amazing animals lived on Earth - dinosaurs. Among them were giants and dwarfs, peaceful herbivorous creatures and ferocious predators. In fact, they reigned supreme on land for about 155 million years. That is why the time when they lived is often called the age of the dinosaurs.

In the Cretaceous period (145 - 65 million years ago), the ancient continents continued to break up into parts and gradually acquired the outlines familiar to us. The climate also more and more resembled the modern one, although it was warmer. Bright colors were added to the greenery of the forests, because flowering plants appeared and spread widely - various herbs . ...

Extinct animals. Prehistoric life

Here is a book that is dedicated to amazing animals. You won't meet them in the forest, you won't catch them in the river, you won't see them in the zoo - these animals are no longer on Earth. They inhabited it in the past - hundreds, thousands, millions of years ago. It is this remoteness in time that intrigues and beckons, forcing us to seek and learn more and more details of their lives. Some of them disappeared forever, died out, as scientists say, others have survived to this day, but have changed so that they are now unrecognizable. These creatures will be the heroes of our stories.

Of course, we cannot tell about all extinct animals, there were hundreds of millions of species on Earth, but only about some: about the largest animals that have ever existed, about incredible, almost fantastic creatures, flying, running, jumping, about giant frogs, whiskered lizards, "clawed horses" and predators with hooves...

We will find out why only dinosaurs with eight toes on their paws could turn into giants on land when there were no predators on Earth and why land animals need a sail. We will visit excavations in the most remote corners of the world: in cold Greenland and the Svalbard archipelago, on the banks of the great Far Eastern Amur River, on the Winter Coast of the White Sea, in Africa and in both Americas. We will try to understand what is the work of paleontologists of people who study ancient life, who live in several worlds at once: in the past, present and future, people who look at fossilized bones and shells, but see living beings.

Are you interested? Then go!

Life has existed on our planet for at least 3.8 billion years. The stone chronicle of the Earth has preserved for us many traces of the existence of its former inhabitants. People have been finding them here and there since ancient times. Perhaps the tales of dragons, giants and other monsters appeared for a reason, but thanks to the amazing finds of bones of giant dinosaurs, mammoths, whales. Bones, shells, shells are the most widespread remains of extinct creatures. Usually they are to some extent mineralized, that is, turned into stone, which is why they are called fossils. To refer to this phenomenon, the Latin word "fossils" is also used, which means "fossils".

Lizards of the Mesozoic era

Tens of millions of years ago, dinosaurs lived on our planet: huge herbivorous diplodocus, bloodthirsty tyrannosaurs, flying pteranodons, swift-footed velociraptors...

let's touch the history of finds and discoveries; let's talk about the habitat of huge lizards and the Mesozoic era in general, consider in detail the most famous species. The Mesozoic era lasted more than 160 million years, but the era has not yet been studied, many questions have not been answered.

Why not analyze different versions of the extinction of the lizards: is their extinction due to the fall of a meteorite or a change of poles occurred on the planet, or maybe this is just a natural course of evolution?

Paleontologists continue to argue in search of truth, and we will try to figure out the most complex and fascinating topic.

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