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I often get asked to recommend books for budding young paleontologists.  The first group are books that are appropriate for young children (elementary school age or younger) who are interested in dinosaurs.

Robert T. Bakker, Maximum Triceratops, Random House, 2004

Robert T. Bakker, Raptor Pack, Random House, 2003

Michael Benton, The Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Aladdin Paperbacks (Simon and Schuster), 1984

Michael Benton, Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder, Kingfisher, 1992

Karen Chin, Dino Dung, Random House, 2005

Daniel Cohen, Dinosaur Discovery:  Facts, Fossils, and Fun!, Puffin Books (Penguin Group), 1998

Eyewitness Books, Dinosaur, Alfred A. Knopf (Dorling Kindersley Publishing) 1989

Sylvia Funston, The Dinosaur Question and Answer Book, Little, Brown and Company, 1992

Geoff Habiger, Dinosaur Learning Activity Book, Artemesia Publishing, 2005

Thomas R. Holtz, T. rex:  Hunter or Scavenger? Random House, 2003

Patricia Lauber, The News About Dinosaurs, Aladdin Paperbacks (Simon and Schuster), 1989

William Lindsay, On the Trail of Incredible Dinosaurs, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1998

James Martin, Living Fossils:  Animals that Have Withstood the Test of Time, Knopf Books for Young Readers 1997

Angela Milner, Children's Chronicle of Dinosaurs, Studio Editions, 1993

Angela Milner, Dinosaurs, Time Life Books, 1995

Mary Packard, Dinosaurs, Simon and Schuster, 1981

Barbara Taylor, The Really Deadly and Dangerous Dinosaur and Other Monsters of the Prehistoric World, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1997

Dennis R. Shealy, Dinosaurs Alive!  The Dinosaur-Bird Connection, Random House, 2001

Christopher Sloan, SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles, National Geographic, 2002

Paul D. Taylor, Fossil, Dorling Kindersley, 1993

Philip Whitfield, Children's Guide to Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals, Simon and Schuster, 1992

Angela Wilkes, The Big Book of Dinosaurs:  A First Book for Young Children, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1993

The following is a list of books from my own collection that would be useful to future paleontologists in high school or older, younger paleontologists will need some help with the big words from Mom and Dad.

Jordi Agusti and Mauricio Anton, Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Homininds:  65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe, Columbia University Press, 2002

McNeill R. Alexander,  Dynamics of Dinosaurs and other Extinct Giants,  Columbia University Press, 1989

Mauricio Anton and Alan Turner, The Big Cats and their Fossil Relatives:  An Illustrated Guide to their Evolution and Natural History, Columbia University Press, 2000

Michael Archer, Suzanne J. Hand, and Henk Godthelp, Australia's Lost World:  Prehistoric Animals of Riversleigh, Indiana University Press, 2001

J. David Archibald, Dinosaur Extinction and the End of an Era, What the Fossils Say, Columbia University Press, 1996

Steven T. Asma, Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads:  The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums, Oxford University Press, 2002

R. McNeill Alexander, Bones:  The Unity of Form and Function, Macmillan, Inc, 1994

Ann Bausum and George Borup Andrews, Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs:  A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, National Geographic, 2000

Michael Benton, Walking with Dinosaurs:  Fascinating Facts, Dorling Kindersley Publishing 2000

Tim R. Birkhead, A Brand-New Bird:  How Two Amateur Scientists Created the First Genetically Engineered Animal, Basic Books, 2003

Jane R. Camerini, The Alfred Russel Wallace Reader:  A Selection of Writings from  the Field, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001

Deborah Cadbury, Terrible Lizard:  The First Dinosaur Hunters and the Birth of a New Science, Henry Holt and Company, 2001

Deborah Cadbury, The Dinosaur Hunters:  A True Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric World, Fourth Estate 2000

Kenneth Carpenter (editor), The Armored Dinosaurs, Indiana University Press, 2001

Kenneth Carpenter (editor), The Carnivorous Dinosaurs, Indiana University Press, 2005

Kenneth Carpenter, Karl F. Hirsch, and John R. Horner (editors) Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Cambridge University Press, 1994

Kenneth Carpenter, Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs, Indiana University Press, 2000

Sankar Chattergee, The Rise of Birds:  225 Million Years of Evolution, John Hopkins University Press, 1997

Luis M. Chiappe and Lowell Dingus, Walking on Eggs:  The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia, Scribner, 2001

Jennifer A. Clack, Gaining Ground:  The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods, Indiana University Press, 2002

John Cohagrandes and Larry Felder, In the Presence of Dinosaurs, Time Life Books, 2000

Claudine Cohen and William Rodarmor (translator), The Fate of the Mammoth:  Fossils, Myths, and History, University of Chicago Press, 2002

Philip J. Currie and Kevin Padian (editors), The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Academic Press, 1997

Philip J. Currie, Eva B. Koppelhus, Martin A. Shugar, and Joanna L. Wright (editors), Feathered Dragons:  Studies on the Transition from Dinosaurs to Birds, Indiana University Press, 2004

Alan Cutler, The Seashell on the Mountaintop:  A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth, Dutton, 2003

Lowell Dingus and Timothy Rowe, The Mistaken Extinction:  Dinosaur Evolution and the Origin of Birds, W. H. Freeman and Company, 1997

Dougal Dixon, Amazing Dinosaurs, Boyds Mills Press, 2000

Dougal Dixon (editor), The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals:  A Visual Who’s Who of Prehistoric Life, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1988

Peter Dodson, The Horned Dinosaurs, Princeton University Press, 1996

Niles Eldredge, Fossils:  The Evolution and Extiction of Species, Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1991

Richard Ellis, Sea Dragons:  Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans,  University Press of Kansas, 2003

Douglas H. Erwin and Wing, Scott L., Deep Time:  Paleobiology's Perspective, The University of Chicago Press, 2001

Michael J. Everhart, Oceans of Kansas:  A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea, Indiana University Press, 2005

Eyewitness Visual Dictionary, The Visual Dictionary of Dinosaurs, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc, 1993

Alan Feduccia, The Age of Birds, Harvard University Press, 1980

Alan Feduccia, The Origin and Evolution of Birds, Yale University Press, 1999

Martin Fichman, An Elusive Victorian:  The Evolution of Alfred Russel Wallace, University of Chicago Press, 2004

Steve Fiffer, Tyrannosaurus Sue:  The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T. rex Ever Found, W. H. Freeman and Company 2000

Richard Fortey, Fossils:  The Key to the Past, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002

Richard Fortey, Trilobite:  Eyewitness to Evolution, Vintage Books, 2000

Charles Gallenkamp and Michael J. Novacek, Dragon Hunter:  Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions, Viking Penguin, 2001

Eugene S. Gaffney, Lowell Dingus, Mark A. Norell, Discovering Dinosaurs:  Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory, University of California Press, 1995

Tim Gardom and Angela Milner, The Book of Dinosaurs:  The Natural History Museum Guide, Carlton Books Ltd, 1998

Wayne Grady, The Bone Museum:  Travels into the Lost Worlds of Dinosaurs and Brids, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001

David Gillette and Mark Hallett, Seismosaurus:  The Earth Shaker, Columbia University Press, 1994

Tim Haines, Walking with Dinosaurs, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1999

Tim Haines, Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2001

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and Michael Brett-Surman, Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide, Random House, 2001

John R. Horner, Dinosaurs under the Big Sky, Mountain Publishing Company, 2001

John R. Horner and Edwin Dobb, Dinosaur Lives, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997

John R. Horner and James Gorman, Digging Dinosaurs:  The search that unraveled the mystery of baby dinosaurs, Workman Publishing, 1988

John R. Horner and Don Lessem, The Complete T. rex:  How stunning new discoveries are changing our understanding of the world’s most famous dinosaur, Simon and Schuster, 1993

Louis Jacobs, Lone Star Dinosaurs, Texas A&M Press, 1995

Louis Jacobs, Quest for the African Dinosaurs:  Ancient Roots of the Modern World, Villard Books, 1993

Mark Jaffe, The Gilded Dinosaur:  The Fossil War Between E. D. Cope and O. C. Marsh and the Rise of American Science, Three Rivers Press, 2000

Lisa Jardine, The Curious Life of Robert Hooke:  The Man Who Measured London, Harper Collins, 2004

R. L. Jones and Kathryn Gabriel, Dinosaurs On-Line:  A Guide to the Best Dinosaur Sites on the Internet, Cumberland House Publications, 2000

R. L. Jones and Kathryn Gabriel, Dino Safari, Cumberland House Publications, 1999

Randal Keynes, Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution, Riverhead Books, 2002

Charles R. Knight, Life through the Ages:  A Commemorative Edition, Indiana University Press, 2001

Michael F. Kohl, John S. McIntosh, and John S. Ostrom, Discovering Dinosaurs in the Old West:  The Field Journals of Arthur Lakes, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997

Michael F. Kohl, Larry D. Martin, and Paul Brinkman (editors), A Triceratops Hunt in Pioneer Wyoming:  The Journals of Barnum Brown and J. P. Sams, The University of Kansas Expedition of 1895, High Plains Press, 2004

Jacques Kornprobst and Christine Laverne, Living Mountains:  How and Why Volcanoes Erupt, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2006

David Lambert, Guide to Dinosaurs, Dorling Kindersley, 2000

David Lambert, The Ultimate Dinosaur Book, Dorling Kindersley, 1993

Ian M. Lange, Ice Age Mammals of North America:  A Guide to the Big, the Hairy, and the Bizzare, Mountain Press Publishing, Inc, 2002

Leo F. Laporte, George Gaylord Simpson Paleontologist and Evolutionist, Columbia University Press, 2000

Don Lessem, Dinosaur Worlds, Boyds Mills Press, 1996

Martin Lockley and Christian Meyer, Dinosaur Tracks and other Fossil Footprints of Europe, Columbia University Press, 2000

Martin Lockley and Adrian Hunt, Dinosaur Tracks of Western North America, Columbia University Press, 1999

Martin Lockley and Judy Peterson, A Guide to the Fossil Footprints of the World, Lockley Peterson Publications, 2003

Martin Lockley, Tracking Dinosaurs:  A new look at an ancient world, University of Cambridge Press, 1991

John A. Long, The Rise of Fishes, John Hopkins University Press, 1995

Gerhard Maier, African Dinosaurs Unearthed:  The Tendagu Expeditions, Indiana University Press, 2003

Lynn Margulis, Curious Minds:  How a Child Becomes a Scientist, Pantheon Books, 2004

Dave Martill and Darren Naish, Walking with Dinosaurs:  The Evidence, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Robert A. Martin, Missing Links:  Evolutionary Concepts and Transitions through Time,  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003

Adrienne Mayor, The First Fossil Hunters:  Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times, Princeton University Press, 2000

Ernst Mayr, What Evolution Is, Basic Books 2001

Christopher McGowan, The Dragon Seekers:  How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin, Perseus Publishing, 2001

Christopher McGowan, The Raptor and the Lamb:  Predators and Prey in the Living World, Henry Holt and Company, 1997

Ralph E. Molnar, Dragons in the Dust:  The Paleobiology of the Giant Monitor Lizard Megalania, Indiana University Press, 2004

Simon Conway Morris, Life's Solution:  Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe, Cambridge University Press, 2003

Peter F. Murray and Patricia Vickers-Rich. Magnificent Mihirungs:  The Colossal Flightless Birds of the Australian Dreamtime, Indiana University Press, 2004

Raymond C. Murray, Evidence from the Earth:  Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2004

Karl J. Niklas  The Evolutionary Biology of Plants, The University of Chicago Press, 1997

David Norman, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Crescent Books, 1985

David Norman, Prehistoric Life:  The Rise of the Vertebrates, Macmillan, Inc, 1994

Mark Norell, Discovering Dinosaurs:  In the American Museum of Natural History, Knopf, 1997

William Northduft and Josh Smith, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt, Random House, 2002

Michael Novacek, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, Anchor Publishing, 1996

Michael Novacek, Time Traveler:  In Search of Dinosaurs and Ancient Mammals from Montana to Mongolia, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002

David Owen, Tasmanian Tiger:  The Tragic Tale of How the Word Lost its Most Mysterious Predator, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004

Keith M. Parsons, Drawing out Leviathan:  Dinosaurs and the Science Wars, Indiana University Press, 2002

Gregory S. Paul (editor), The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs, St. Martin's Press, 2000

Gregory S. Paul, Dinosaurs of the Air:  The Evolution and Loss of flight in Dinosaurs and Birds, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001

Peter Raby, Alfred Russel Wallace:  A Life, Princeton University Press, 2001

Mark Renz, Megalodon:  Hunting the Hunter, PaleoPress, 2002

Thomas H. Rich & Patricia Vickers-Rich, Dinosaurs of Darkness, Indiana University Press, 2000

Phillip T. Robinson, Life at the Zoo:  Behind the Scenes with the Animal Doctors, Columbia University Press, 2004

Katherine Rogers, The Sternberg Fossil Hunters:  A Dinosaur Dynasty, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1999

Martin J. S. Rudwick, The Meaning of Fossils:  Episodes in the History of Paleontology, University of Chicago Press, 1992

Dale A. Russell, An Odyssey in Time:  The Dinosaurs of North America, University of Toronto Press, 1989

Jose Luis Sanz, Starring T. rex!  Dinosaur Mythology and Popular Culture, Indiana University Press, 2002

Cristiano dal Sasso, Dinosaurs of Italy, Indiana University Press, 2005

Judith G. Scotchmoor, Dale A. Springer, Brent H. Breithaupt, Anthony R. Fiorillo, Dinosaurs:  The Science Behind the Stories, American Geological Institute, 2002

David R. Schwimmer, King of the Crocodylians:  The Paleobiology of Deinosuchus, Indiana University Press, 2002

Blaine W. Schubert, Jim I. Mead, and Russel W. Graham, Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America, Indiana University Press, 2003

Pat Shipman. Taking Wing:  Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight,  Simon and Schuster, 1998

Ross A. Slotten, The Heretic in Darwin's Court:  The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace, Columbia University Press, 2004

Rodney Steel and Anthony Harvey, The Encyclopedia of Pre-Historic Life, Gramercy Publishing Company, 1979

Charles H. Sternberg, The Life of a Fossil Hunter, Indiana University Press, 1990

Richard Stone, Mammoth:  The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant, Perseus Publishing, 2001

Darren Tanke and Kenneth Carpenter (editors), Mesozoic Vertebrate Life, Indiana University Press, 2001

Phillippe Taquet, Dinosaur Impressions:  Postcards from a Paleontologist, Cambridge University Press, 1999

Mary Terrall, The Man Who Flattened the Earth:  Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment, University of Chicago Press, 2005

Virginia Tidwell and Kenneth Carpenter (editors), Thunder-Lizards:  The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs, Indiana University Press, 2005

Keith S. Thomson, Living Fossil:  The Story of the Coelacanth, W. W. Norton and Company, 1991

Patricia Vickers-Rich and Thomas Hewitt Rich, Wildlife of Gondwana:  Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent, Indiana University Press, 2000

David Rains Wallace, The Bonehunters’ Revenge:  Dinosaurs, greed, and the greatest scientific feud of the gilded age, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999

Samantha Weinberg, A Fish Caught in Time:  The Search for the Coelacanth, Perennial Books, 2000

David B. Weishamplel and Luther Young, Dinosaurs of the East Coast, John Hopkins University Press, 1996

Peter Wellnhofer, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs: An illustrated natural history of the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic Era, Crescent Books, 1991

David Sloan Wilson, Darwin's Cathedral:  Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, The University of Chicago Press, 2002

Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002

Simon Winchester, Krakatoa:  The Day the World Exploded:  August 27, 1883, Harper Collins Publishers, 2003

Simon Winchester, The Map That Changed the World:  William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, Harper Collins Publishing, 2001

Trevor H. Worthy and Richard N. Holdaway, The Lost World of the Moa:  Prehistoric Life of New Zealand, Indiana University Press, 2002

Carl Zimmer, Evolution:  The Triumph of an Idea, Harper Collins Publishers, 2001

For the college student who is serious about paleontology, I recommend:

Michael J. Benton, Basic Paleontology,  1997

Michael J. Benton, Vertebrate Paleontology  2000

Richard S. Boardman, Alan H. Cheetham, and Albert J. Rowell, Fossil Invertebrates, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1987

Derek E. G. Briggs and Peter Crowther (editors), Paleobiology:  A Synthesis, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1990

Robert L. Carroll, Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution, W. H. Freeman and Company, 1988

Phillip J. Currie and Kevin Padian, The Dinosaur Encyclopedia, Academic Press, 1997

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, 1989

Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, W.W. Norton and Company, 1987

James O. Farlow (editor) Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs, Geological Society of America, 1989

James O. Farlow and M.K. Brett-Surman (editors) The Complete Dinosaur,  Indiana University Press, 1997

Donald F. Glut, Dinosaurs:  The Encyclopedia, McFarland and Company, 1997

Steven M. Goodman and Jonathan P. Bernstead (editors), The Natural History of Madagascar, The University of Chicago Press, 2004

J. Alan Holman, Fossil Snakes of North America:  Origin, Evolution, Distributuion, Paleoecology, Indiana University Press 2000

Jeremy B. C.
Jackson, Scott Lidgard, and Frank K. McKinney (editors), Evolutionary Patterns:  Growth, Form, and Tempo in the Fossil Record, The University of Chicago Press, 2001

Patrick Leiggi and Peter May (editors) Vertebrate Paleontology Techniques, Cambridge University Press, 1994

Mark V. Lomolino, Dov F. Sax, and James H. Brown, Foundations of Biogeography, The University of Chicago Press, 2004

Spencer G. Lucas, Dinosaurs:  The Textbook, William C. Brown Publishers, 1994

Anthony J. Martin, Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs, Blackwell Publishing, 2001

Scott L. Montgomery, The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science, The University of Chicago Press, 2002

David B. Weishampel, Peter Dodson, and Halszka Osmolska (editors) The Dinosauria, University of California 1990 (1st edition) and 2004 (2nd edition)

Paleontological Fiction:

Diane Smith,  Pictures from and Expedition, Viking Penguin, 2002


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