:''If not for the long tail, one might mistake a theropod for a big, toothy, marauding bird in the dark. That theropods are birdlike is logical, since birds are their closest living relatives. Remember that next time you eat a drumstick or scramble some eggs.'' (p. 22)
:''This is'' the ''theropod. Indeed, excepting perhaps'' Brontosaurus, ''this is the public's favourite dinosaur, having fought King Kong for the forced favor of Fay Wray and smashed Tokyo (with inferior special effects) in the guise of Godzilla''. (p. 344)
:''The culmination of tyrannosaur evolution'', T. rex ''was one of the very last North American dinosaurs. Nothing else combined its size, speed, and power. Since its demise we have had to make do with lions and tigers and bears, and other "little" mammalian carnivores.'' (p. 346)
*Questi sono tra i miei dinosauri preferiti in assoluto. I loro crani curvati in su, le loro proporzioni gracili ma compatte, e i grandi artigli a falce rendono questi animali eleganti, attraenti, ma diabolici. Non c'è niente come loro. Sono proporzionalmente tra i predatori più possenti; di sicuro non c'era alcun altro teropode che possedeva una tale combinazione di armamento sui piedi, le mani, e la testa... Tra i tetrapodi, solo ''Tyrannosaurus'', con la sua forza estrema nel cranio, uguaglia ''
:''These are among my very favourite dinosaurs. Their long upcurved skulls, slender yet compact proportions, and great sickle claws make these elegant, attractive, yet demonic animals. There is nothing else like them. Pound for pound, these are among the most powerful of known predators; certainly no other theropod had such a combination of foot, hand, and head weaponry... Among theropods only'' Tyrannosaurus, ''with its extreme skull strength, equalled'' Velociraptor ''in total power relative to weight.'' (pp. 362-363)