When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs

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Take a fun, fact-filled trip back to Earth as it was 430 million years ago. Then, watch as continents drift and oceans take shape. Watch out (!) as fish get toothier, plants stretch skywards and bugs get bigger. Soon fish get feet and four-legged creatures stalk the planet. Here’s the story of Earth in conversational text, informative illustrations, and humorous cartoons. Complete with time line, pronunciation guide, glossary and index.
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Take a fun, fact-filled trip back to Earth as it was 430 million years ago. Then, watch as continents drift and oceans take shape. Watch out (!) as fish get toothier, plants stretch skywards and bugs get bigger. Soon fish get feet and four-legged creatures stalk the planet. Here’s the story of Earth in conversational text, informative illustrations, and humorous cartoons. Complete with time line, pronunciation guide, glossary and index.
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The author of When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth (2003) continues her droll but dependable tour of deep prehistory, focusing here on the flora, fauna and fungi of the Silurian and Devonian Periods, approximately 360 to 44 million years ago. This was the time when larger forms of life began to emerge on land, while, among the far richer variety of marine animals, fish wriggled to the top, thanks to newly developed jaws which allowed them "to say good-bye to a monotonous diet of teensy stuff. Now fish could grab, slice and dice to their heart's content." By the end, soil, forests and, of course, feet had also appeared. Fearlessly folding in tongue-challenging names and mixing simply drawn reconstructions and maps with goofy flights of fancy-on the first spread Robin Mite and Friar Millipede are caught on a stroll through Sherwood Moss Patch, and on the last, genial nautiloid Amphicyrtoceras plugs the previous volume-Bonner serves up a second heaping course of science that will both stick to the ribs and tickle them. (index, resource lists, time line) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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"The use of age-appropriate appendixes...make this an exemplary curriculum support resource, but kids who dig dinosaurs will read the book purely for pleasure. Let's hope this author-illustrator will decide to present more history for young readers." —Starred review, Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426300783
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,395,978
  • Age range: 10 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.93 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Bonner grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca. She studied biology and art at Oberlin College in Ohio. Her natural science illustrations have graced many publications including the best-selling Scholastic Science Dictionary and When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth, her previous National Geographic children's title. This was a Booklist Top 10 Science Book for Youth and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

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    Cute, but oversimplified to the point of being misleading!

    The idea of this book is clever, but again and again organisms are portrayed as "wanting" or "needing" to evolve. Whether this is humor or oversimplification, it undermines the science presented here, feeding into students' common misconceptions. Evolution is random and does not occur because a specific feature is wanted or needed. I would not recommend this book to my science students or to parents who want to encourage their child's interests in evolution. I am disappointed in the National Geographic Society for lending its name to a flawed if well meant book.

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