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John Rogers
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I'm expecting this game any day now and I'm looking for some extracurricular reading on the concept, topic, or connected subject matter.

Thanks.
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Kristof Bodric
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I'm not sure about reading, but you could try watching this:
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Thanks Kristof!
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The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery. Pretty sure I learned about that book through the Megafauna games.

I thought it was a highly engaging read.
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This is heavily dependant on how detailed you want to get. Anything from 'The Big Boys book of Dinosaurs' to a textbook on Protein Evolution. Of those two, I'd choose the kids' book - modern children's books on dinosaurs can be beautifully illustrated and include many times more dino species that were known of when I was a kid. And Protein Evolution is, believe me, none too gripping a read...

My personal preferences somewhat to the detailed side would be
The Dynamics of Dinosaurs & other extinct giants by R McNeill Alexander
The Dinosaur Heresies by Bob Bakker

However, just looking those up on Amazon I saw a whole load of newer books I haven't read... yet...

You also could do worse than look for a copy of the BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Beasts and Walking With Monsters. The BBC series were somewhat fictionalised, and made a lot of shaky assumptions, but are beautiful to look upon, and nowhere as anthropomorphic or sentimental as later series & movies.

Finally, if you just want to revel in the beauty of evolution and the discovery of it's secrets, you can do no better than Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould (which, annoyingly, I can't find on Amazon UK), or indeed anything by Gould (although they're not all about evolution).

EDIT: Note that Wonderful Life is about a period way earlier than Megafauna. And way weirder...
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John Rogers wrote:
Thanks Kristof!


No worries, mate! :)
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I look forward to checking out the videos in the coming weeks as well as reading the Eternal Frontier (should be here tomorrow).
 
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Wulf Corbett wrote:
You also could do worse than look for a copy of the BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Beasts and Walking With Monsters. The BBC series were somewhat fictionalised, and made a lot of shaky assumptions, but are beautiful to look upon, and nowhere as anthropomorphic or sentimental as later series & movies.


The "first" two (in chronological order) are available on Netflix (at least in Canada). Thanks for the tip!
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jasonwocky wrote:
The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery. Pretty sure I learned about that book through the Megafauna games.

I thought it was a highly engaging read.


I am reading this book now and it is fabulous! Also there is an interesting article in today's Los Angeles Times on the topic called:

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/527/article/p2p-81421577/
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