Friday, September 6, 2013

"Chronicles of Dinosauria: The History and Mystery of Dinosaurs and Man." by David Woetzel & illustrated by Richard Dobbs

Scientists have long been saying that dinosaurs lived long before man appeared on the Earth. Creationists have long been saying that man and dinosaurs have lived side-by-side at times in history. Author Dave Woetzel addresses this controversy in this easy to understand, exceptionally well illustrated book "Chronicles of Dinosauria: The History and Mystery of Dinosaurs and Man."

I found several chapters particularly interesting: Fossil Evidence, Historical Evidence, Artistic Evidence, and Cryptozoology Evidence.  Museums across the world have skeletons of dinosaurs (reconstructed from various fossils) so we know from archaeological evidence that they actually did exist. The timeline is controversial between various scientific groups. Fossil evidence has been found that substantiates man's existence along side of dinosaurs.

Stories and legends as well as historians of note give evidence of large, reptilian life forms whose descriptions can definitively be ascribed to dinosaurs (i.e. dragon). One of note is Ulysses Aldrovandus considered to be the father of modern natural history. He recorded seeing a dragon on May 13, 1572.

The artistic evidence is well documented even to this day with the abundant dragons of Chinese art. But sculptures and drawings from all cultures through the centuries abound with representations of dragons and dinosaurs or large reptilian creatures.

Most impressive to me, though is the cryptozoology evidence. I did not realize there was this sub-set of zoology. These creatures would be living creatures that are hidden in today's world but exist nonetheless.

The book's illustrations might be frightening to the very young child, but to those school age and older, it is an appealing and very instructional book. A good addition to any library: home, school, or public.

As with most books published by Master Books a Division of New Leaf Press, there is an apologetics chapter that brings Biblical truth to the study of dinosaurs.  The book concludes with Dave's Challenge for the non-Christian to consider the Plan of Salvation.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of "Chronicles of Dinosauria" in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was given for this review and all opinions are expressly my own.

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