When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon PreHistory of Life in the Triassic

When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon PreHistory of Life in the Triassic

by Hannah Bonner
     
 

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In the style of WHEN BUGS WERE BIG and WHEN FISH GOT FEET this book discusses all the exciting developments of the Triassic Age, from the recovery of the planet from the most deadly mass extinction ever, to the first appearance of the dinosaurs. We also get to meet the first mammals, the first pterosaurs (flying reptiles), the first frogs, a host of predatory

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In the style of WHEN BUGS WERE BIG and WHEN FISH GOT FEET this book discusses all the exciting developments of the Triassic Age, from the recovery of the planet from the most deadly mass extinction ever, to the first appearance of the dinosaurs. We also get to meet the first mammals, the first pterosaurs (flying reptiles), the first frogs, a host of predatory marine reptiles, early turtles, and the first coral reefs.  With the books' signature blend of humor and clearly presented information, cartoon illustrations help keep the fact-filled material extra fun.

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Kirkus Reviews
More standup-style paleontology to follow When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm (2007). Here Bonner chronicles developments in the Triassic Period, during which life got a fresh lease on the planet in the wake of the massive Permian extinction. She tracks an explosion of biological diversity as the oceans were repopulated, lush forests grew and the dominant kinds of land animals went from clumsy-looking therapsids to sleek archosaurian dinosaurs and proto-crocodiles. Early mammals are already waiting in the wings, and a swelling chorus of insects ("We eat pollen, we drink sap, / We do the hungry insect rap") make up a "bug buffet." In the deep, toothy sharks, ichthyosaurs and other predators put in appearances--hovering, in the illustration, over a tempting platter of neatly arranged fish, clams and cephalopods. The author neatly dishes up a multi-course feast of polysyllabic monikers and tasty tidbits of data ("Later British mammals drank tea and ate scones, but these mouse-size [Morganucodon] ate bugs instead") to go with her cartoon menagerie. The book closes with a serpentine timeline of prehistory (featuring appropriately placed plugs for each of the previous books in the series) and both adult- and child-level leads to further resources. Both casual and confirmed fans will devour this delicious blend of fact and foolery with relish. (pronunciation guide) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Tina Chan
What was life like millions of years ago? It was unbearably hot with only small animals and plants. Trees, forests, and large animals did not exist. Welcome to the Triassic period. Readers go on a journey to learn what life was like throughout the world millions of years ago. They learn about such countries as Siberia, France, China, South Africa, Argentina, Germany, and England. The story discusses volcanoes, the growth of trees, forests, and insects, the explosion of new plants and animals on land and underwater, geology, climate, and animal extinction. Comic strips are included throughout the book to provide humor and more detail. Humor is appropriate for the age group. Vivid color illustrations correspond with the text. Also included are a timeline of life on Earth, pronunciation list, glossary, and index. This book is a valuable educational resource for children who want to learn about animals and plants during prehistoric times. Reviewer: Tina Chan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426308628
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
397,164
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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