It's True! We Came from Slime

Overview

This book dives deep into the past when life first began. From the plant-like goo that brought oxygen to Earth to the lumbering gorgonopsids from which all mammals evolved, the book explores over 3500 million years of strange creatures and how humans have learned about them.

Readers will marvel at the scary-looking creatures from the pre-Dinosaur era: spiders the size of ...

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Overview

This book dives deep into the past when life first began. From the plant-like goo that brought oxygen to Earth to the lumbering gorgonopsids from which all mammals evolved, the book explores over 3500 million years of strange creatures and how humans have learned about them.

Readers will marvel at the scary-looking creatures from the pre-Dinosaur era: spiders the size of manhole covers, giant sea-scorpions as big as bicycles.

About the It's True! series

Gross! Creepy! Amazing! Kids will love it.

This non-fiction series for older readers features wacky writing, funny cartoons, and remarkable photos that make each book as delightfully entertaining as it is informative. It's True!

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Gillian Engberg
McNamara's lively words may draw in science-minded kids reading on their own, and teachers may want to borrow from McNamara's creative examples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550379525
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/4/2006
  • Series: It's True! Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 938,778
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken McNamara is an award-winning paleontologist and the author of over 20 books about prehistoric life. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Table of Contents

  1. Why life before dinosaurs?

  2. Concrete cauliflowers
    • Bugs that rock
    • Snug as a bug in mud
    • Bugs and breakfast
  3. Awash with gutless wonders
    • Tracking trails and traces
    • Fossil air mattresses
  4. Eat or be eaten
    • Fossil armor
    • Trilobite "cookies"
    • Digging for fossil worms
  5. "My, what strange teeth you have, Grandma"
    • Evolving a backbone
    • Gogo fish
  6. Stepping out
    • Rows of holes in sand
    • Sunbathers,
      watch out
    • Footprints to fossils
    • Fish fingers to the walking
  7. Up, up and away
    • Crusty continents
    • Greenhouse world
  8. First prize in the ugly competition
    • Sail of the century
    • Therapsids (the what?)
    • Mammals finally arrive

    Timeline
    Where to find out more
    Index
    About the author and illustrator
    Thanks


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Preface

Why life before dinosaurs?

I've been collecting fossils since I was nine years old. Most people grow out of this when they become adults. I never did. I still get a kick out of discovering a new one and knowing what amazing creature made it, eons ago.

In this book you'll discover some strange animals that lived in the sea half a billion years ago (one looked like a vacuum cleaner with teeth and five eyes). You'll find out about scorpion-like animals bigger than you, insects as big as parrots and spiders as big as cats (it's true.'). You'll find out who, or what, your long-lost ancestors looked like, and whether we really did come from slime.

Join me on a 3-billion-year journey through time and discover how all these strange creatures evolved on Planet Earth.

Ken McNamara

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Introduction

Why life before dinosaurs?

I've been collecting fossils since I was nine years old. Most people grow out of this when they become adults. I never did. I still get a kick out of discovering a new one and knowing what amazing creature made it, eons ago.

In this book you'll discover some strange animals that lived in the sea half a billion years ago (one looked like a vacuum cleaner with teeth and five eyes). You'll find out about scorpion-like animals bigger than you, insects as big as parrots and spiders as big as cats (it's true.'). You'll find out who, or what, your long-lost ancestors looked like, and whether we really did come from slime.

Join me on a 3-billion-year journey through time and discover how all these strange creatures evolved on Planet Earth.

Ken McNamara

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