Dinosaurs of Africa

Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

As much of the African continent is covered in dense vegetation, dinosaur fossils have been relatively rare. Yet parts of the continent - the Sahara Desert, the dusty plains of Kenya and Tanzania and the sandstone flats of central South Africa - have yielded a significant number of dinosaur remains.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Contributor(s) :
Luis V. Rey
Illustration :
99 full-color photographs; 68 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775847700
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 11.2 X 8.6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


As much of the African continent is covered in dense vegetation, dinosaur fossils have been relatively rare. Yet parts of the continent – from the Sahara Desert and the dusty plains of Kenya and Tanzania to the sandstone flats of the Karoo – have yielded a significant number of these fascinating creatures, thereby making an important contribution to the science of palaeontology.

A brief general introduction on the subject is followed by short chapters on different dinosaur species, including fish-eating, sociable, and predatory dinosaurs, as well as the biggest meat-eating dinosaur of all time. Details are given about where these creatures were found, the meaning of their scientific names, and their size and diet.

Spectacular, colorful illustrations bring the dinosaurs vividly to life; photographs, maps, and line drawings further illustrate the subject; and a variety of information boxes add to the intrigue.

Previously published as Famous Dinosaurs of Africa, this revised edition includes newly discovered species, the latest scientific information, and vibrant new illustrations. Although written for children, it is sure to have broad appeal for anyone interested in learning more about dinosaurs.

About The Author

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a palaeobiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a global expert on the microscopic structure of the bones of extinct and extant vertebrates. She holds a PhD from Wits and is a past president of the Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of South African, the University of Cape Town, and The World Academy of Sciences. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Women Scientist Award from the Department of Science and Technology. She is widely published in academic journals and popular media.

Luis V. Rey is a celebrated palaeoartist; his digital paintings of dinosaurs have appeared in many publications and his work has been featured in exhibitions in the USA and UK. He works with the latest scientific evidence to create vivid, realistic representations of dinosaurs. His bold, colorful paintings, with their carefully considered details and background settings, help us to visualize dinosaurs and the world in which they lived.


Chapter One

Chapter two
The first to be named

Chapter three
Early African dinosaurs

Chapter four
Sauropodomorph from South Africa

Chapter five
The fish-eating dinosaurs

Chapter six
The biggest meat-eating dinosaur of all time

Chapter seven
The armoured sauropods

Chapter eight
The Mesozoic lawnmower

Chapter nine
Ole wrinkle-face

Chapter ten
The long-necked giants of Tendaguru

Chapter eleven
The spiky African dinosaurs

Chapter twelve
The mythical monster

Chapter thirteen
The only Xhosa-named dinosaur

Chapter fourteen
The cannibal dinosaur

Chapter fifteen
Sociable dinosaurs

Chapter sixteen
The flying dinosaurs

Chapter seventeen
Five fun projects

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