Dinosaurs by the Decades
A Chronology of the Dinosaur in Science and Popular Culture
by Randy Moore
July 2014, 473pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39364-8
$108, £84, 94€, A148
eBook Available: 978-0-313-39365-5
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Our familiarity with dinosaurs is ironic considering no human has ever seen one.

Providing an appealing chronology of "all things dinosaur," this book covers these ancient creatures' roles and surprising importance in science, religion, and society at large.

This exhaustive, up-to-date book contains more than 2,000 entries about dinosaurs and dinosaur-related topics. It provides not only detailed information about their discovery, underlying science, and recent technologies and theories but also encompasses all of the facets of dinosaurs in society—for example, their use in consumer marketing and promotion, popularization of dinosaurs in the media, as “proof” for both evolutionists and creationists to substantiate their claims about life’s origins, and as cultural artifacts.

Organized chronologically, the book offers an informative and entertaining timeline of how dinosaurs have appeared in science, religion, and society since they were discovered in the 1800s, covering everything from dinosaur museum displays to how dinosaurs served advocates of young-Earth creationism. This fascinating work enables a broad appreciation for the surprising significance of dinosaurs in many aspects of our daily lives and modern society.


  • Depicts the history, breadth, depth, and diversity of how humans have learned about, argued over, and made use of dinosaurs—a resource appropriate for public, school, or academic libraries
  • Examines the events of the earliest discoveries of fossilized remains of dinosaurs and how those discoveries often became interwoven with religious ideas
  • Includes photographs, a glossary, an appendix of geological time, and a detailed, cross-referenced index to assist researchers and general readers
Randy Moore is Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of biology at the University of Minnesota. He has authored and coauthored several books about the evolution-creation controversy, including Greenwood's Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy; Evolution 101; More than Darwin: An Encyclopedia of the People and Places of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy; and Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science as well as Understanding Galápagos: What You'll See and What It Means. Moore holds a doctorate in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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