Earth Before the Dinosaurs

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This beautiful volume introduces the incredible animals that populated the planet before the Age of the Dinosaurs. Readers voyage to a time, beginning about 370 million years ago, when the first four-footed vertebrates appeared, and ending 200 million years later at the moment when the dinosaurs begin their ascent. During this time, vertebrates emerge from the sea and there appears a parade of animals, each more astonishing than the last. On this expedition, we learn how paleontologists become detectives to ...

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Overview

This beautiful volume introduces the incredible animals that populated the planet before the Age of the Dinosaurs. Readers voyage to a time, beginning about 370 million years ago, when the first four-footed vertebrates appeared, and ending 200 million years later at the moment when the dinosaurs begin their ascent. During this time, vertebrates emerge from the sea and there appears a parade of animals, each more astonishing than the last. On this expedition, we learn how paleontologists become detectives to understand the history of life and we discover that many widely held ideas about the evolution of species are completely false. Earth before the Dinosaurs is an entertaining and informative guide to an astonishing and little-known world.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Birdbooker Report
"Earth before the Dinosaurs is an entertaining and informative guide to an astonishing and little-known world." —Birdbooker Report
Choice
"Highly recommended." —Choice
from the Preface

"As when Darwin first stepped foot on the Galapagos Archipelago, you will also discover a new world, a little known continent, far-removed from the familiar haunts of the iconic dinosaurs or the well trampled world of pre-humans. This new world is that of the Earth before the dinosaurs." —from the Preface

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
"[T]his book should fascinate all laymen interested in vertebrate paleontology or evolution, and many paleontologists will want to get it even if only for the artwork." —Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
From the Publisher
As when Darwin first stepped foot on the Galapagos Archipelago, you will also discover a new world, a little known continent, far-removed from the familiar haunts of the iconic dinosaurs or the well trampled world of pre-humans. This new world is that of the Earth before the dinosaurs. —from the Preface
Birdbooker Report
Earth before the Dinosaurs is an entertaining and informative guide to an astonishing and little-known world.—Birdbooker Report
Library Journal
French paleontologist Steyer (Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris), with the help of self-described paleoartist Bénéteau (L'empreinte des géants), writes of a time before dinosaurs walked the earth over 200 million years ago. The first four-footed vertebrates began to appear around 370 million years ago and faded from the record only as dinosaurs started to arrive at the 200-million-year mark. Moving from the sea to land, a parade of strange and unusual animals left fossil remains behind for paleontologists to discover and decipher as they strive to document the evolutionary history of life. As Steyer describes this fossil record, he demonstrates how certain previously accepted ideas about species evolution have proven false with these findings. The book's 154 color and 63 black-and-white illustrations are riveting and can furnish hours of careful study and rewarding perusal. VERDICT A fascinating exploration of past life forms, this book will appeal to anyone interested in paleontology and Earth's history.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253223807
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Life of the Past Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 617,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sébastien Steyer is paleontologist at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Alain Bénéteau is an illustrator who specializes in paleontology.

Chris Spence is a professional translator, freelance journalist, and Paris tour guide.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Great Transition
2. Where Did the Limbs Come From?
3. Pangean Chronicle
4. Between Earth and Sky
5. A Brief Guide to Paleontology
Bibliography
Index

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