Beyond the Dinosaurs: Sky Dragons, Sea Monsters, Mega Mammals and Other Prehistoric Beasts

Beyond the Dinosaurs: Sky Dragons, Sea Monsters, Mega Mammals and Other Prehistoric Beasts

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by Howard Zimmerman, Jan Sovak, Bryon Preiss
     
 

Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.

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Overview

Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.

From the saber-toothed tiger, who makes our African lion seem like a kitten, to the woolly mammoth, whose tusks were large enough to swing from, to Diatryma, a massive 12-foot flightless bird who could hunt down small horses, to Quetzlocoatlus, with its wingspan as wide as a small airplane's, this book showcases the remarkable creatures that roamed the world along with — and after — the dinosaurs.

Beyond the Dinosaurs! is filled with over fifty full-color paintings of these strange and fabulous beasts by the world's top illustrators of prehistoric animals. It also contains information about each animal, exploring where and when it lived, what it ate, and its particular attributes. Additionally, there is a listing of the best sites to visit on the World Wide Web for more information about these fantastic animals. It's a treasure trove of information about some of the most astonishing creatures that ever roamed our world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dinophiles will want to check out Beyond the Dinosaurs!, Howard Zimmerman's follow-up to Dinosaurs! The Biggest Baddest Strangest Fastest in the same tall, skinny format. Vivid descriptions of beasts that coexisted with dinosaurs, among them the flying Quetzalcoatlus "the size of a small airplane" with its 40-foot wingspan accompany color illustrations by a variety of artists. Scenes of predators with prey and similar moments of high drama dominate. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dinosaurs were not the only creatures in Earth's prehistoric past. In this big, colorful volume, we learn about the many other beasts that roamed our planets millions of years ago. A two-page introduction explains the life and times of these bigger-than-life creatures of land, sea and sky. Following this are sections about Pterosaurs, or sky dragons, marine reptiles and the mega-mammals, mammal-like reptiles and flightless birds that once lived here. Each section explains where and when each animal lived, what it ate and characteristics unique to the creature. The full-color paintings almost jump off the page with life, showing each creature in its special habitat, interacting with other animals that lived during the same time. Also featured is a list of web sites with further information. For lovers of all things prehistoric, this book is an essential resource. Mr. Zimmerman has written a companion volume entitled Dinosaurs! The Biggest Baddest Strangest Fastest. 2001, Atheneum/Simon and Schuster, $18.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Joanne Draper AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This oversized book won't fit on standard library shelves, but never mind, it won't be there that long. Zimmerman has collected paintings from the "paleo-art community," organized them into three categories, and captioned them clearly. Following his Dinosaurs! The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest (Atheneum, 2000), this title covers pterosaurs, marine reptiles, and prehistoric mammals and birds. A brief introduction explains each category; then the art and captions take over. The paintings range from rich oils to detailed watercolors to airbrushed acrylics. Many are lush landscapes while a few have the brash, surrealistic look of superhero comics. The format allows for enormous paintings and long, fact-filled captions that place the creatures in time and tell where their fossils have been found. Their characteristics and behaviors are described, and the meanings of their names are often included. Pronunciations are helpfully imbedded in the text. Prehistoric animal enthusiasts will pore over text and artwork and then go on to the Web sites suggested for further study. The long list of credits for illustrations may inspire young painters who have never considered "paleo-art" as a vocation or avocation. A visually exciting entry in an ever-popular field.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689841132
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 15.29(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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