April 20, 2010
The Smallest Dinosaurs by Don Lessem
by “Dino” Don Lessem
Confession: I am the mother of a dinosaur nut. As such, I have read many, many dinosaurs books so I am not easy to please. That said, this is a must for your future paleontologist.
Where many books focus on the biggest and most ferocious, Lessem looks down and into the small places for the wee tiny overlooked dinos. Most of these dinosaurs, including lesothosaurus and liaceratops are about 3 feet long but the smallest of all is the microraptor at only 1.8 feet. Some were herbivores, others carnivores but all of them had to be on the alert for larger animals.
Not surprisingly, Lessem ends his book with a “Where are they now” section. He starts with the asteroid theory and then asks why small mammals and birds survived this disaster when small dinosaurs did not.
John Bindon’s wonderfully detailed illustrations are a perfect compliment to the text although I would have liked a bit of information on how he chose texture and coloration for his various paintings. Inquiring minds . . .
Even without that detail, this is an excellent book for dino lovers both large and small.