The Day of the Dinosaur

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The Day of the Dinosaur
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Dust-jacket for The Day of the Dinosaur
Author L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp
Cover artist Patricia Saville Voehl
Country United States
Language English
Subject Paleontology
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
1968
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiii, 319 pages
ISBN N/A
For the Hardy Boys novel, see Day of the Dinosaur.

The Day of the Dinosaur is a science book by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, illustrated with plates. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1968, and in paperback by Curtis Books in 1970[1] or 1971.[2] A second hardcover edition was issued by Bonanza Books in 1985. The first chapter was reprinted as "One Day in the Cretaceous" in the de Camps's collection Footprints on Sand (Advent, 1981).[3]

As stated on the dust cover of the Doubleday edition, the work is a survey of "the exciting story of the lost world of the great reptiles and of the fossil hunters who discovered them millions of years later."[4] It argues, among other things, that the theory of evolution took hold after Darwin because of interest spurred by recently popularized dinosaur remains, corresponding to legends of dragons.

The Day of the Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, Curtis Books, 1971

Contents[edit]

  • The Day of the Dinosaur
  • The Finding of the Dragons
  • Out of the Sea
  • Life Invades the Land
  • The Rise of the Dinosaurs
  • The Reptilian Middle Age
  • Reptiles of Sea and Air
  • The Doom of the Dragons
  • The Great Fossil Feud
  • Diggers and Dinosaurs
  • The Heritage of the Dragons
  • Dinosaurs in the World of Today
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Day of the Dinosaur title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 48. 
  3. ^ Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 220. 
  4. ^ De Camp, L. Sprague; Catherine Crook de Camp (1968). The Day of the Dinosaur. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. p. front dust cover.