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The Journey: Plateosaurus by Matteo Bacchin

The first volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

The Journey, the first title in Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, features over 60 pages in full-color. It takes place in the late Triassic period, 210 million years ago, in the northern part of the supercontinent Pangaea. It follows the dangerous trek of a Plateosaurus—a giant herbivore—and her hatchlings in search of food.

In Abbeville’s Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs for young readers. Each volume in the series tells the story, in comic-book form, of a different dinosaur living in its particular geological time and place. The narrative is entertaining, while all the details of the dinosaur’s behavior and its encounters with other species are rendered with scientific accuracy. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and geographical settings encountered in the comic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789209788
Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: Abbeville Kids Dinosaurs Series
Pages: 63
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Matteo Bacchin is a Milan-based illustrator specializing in paleontological subjects.

Marco Signore is a paleontologist known for his work on a remarkably well-preserved fossil of the small dinosaur Scipionyx samniticus.

Mark Norell is curator in charge of fossil reptiles, amphibians, and birds at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Excerpt from
The Journey:

By Mark Norell

Anyone reading a book like this has probably watched his or her share of nature programs. In HDTV, we see thousands of East African ungulates migrating across the plains of Tsavo, tigers exterminating goats in India, and life beneath the Antarctic Ice as captured on critter cam. But it is difficult to visualize how the landscapes inhabited by prehistoric animals appeared. A comparable example is the recent past. It is safe to say that when most of us conjure up Europe in the Dark Ages, it is a lightless, gloomy place, even though much of it was located on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean! Which brings me back to the dinosaurs and The Journey.

There are as many ways to think about dinosaurs and how they lived as there are types of dinosaurs that have been discovered. This group of animals has navigated our planet's topography for 235 million years. (Yes, they still exist we just called them birds now.) Modern birds, and many of the extinct traditional dinosaurs, have explored almost every ecological niche available. Their diversity of body plans eclipses even that of modern mammals (at least in the terrestrial realm). The bee hummingbird, which is able to perch on a pencil eraser, is one of the smallest warm-blooded animals, weighing only one-sixteenth of an ounce. The gigantic Argentinosaurus (which lived 100 million years ago and Patagonia) may have reached over 40 yards in length and weighed more than 10 African elephants.

Our knowledge of the dinosaurs of the past has increased geometrically in the past two decades. We now know for certain that these animals lived at latitudes above the polar circles. They raced through dense subtropical rain forests and achieved impressive population densities in primordial savannahs. It would not have been unusual to see herds of giant dinosaurs walking on sandy beaches or nesting in upland dune fields.

Here in The Journey, you will see a dramatized yet accurate portrayal of dinosaur life—a life that is often difficult to imagine from the fossils, however painstakingly excavated and exhibited. But think of them as they were, imagined through the lens of the present—living, breathing, mating creatures enjoying blue skies, torrential train, intense heat, nice beaches, and broad vistas. If you want to know what the dinosaurs’ world was like, just look around. Next time you see a nature show on television, just exchange the present-day animals for dinosaurs, and you will see a story very much like the one you're about to encounter.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents from:
The Journey

In This Story
The Journey

Dinosaur Evolution

The Triassic: New Tracks on Pangaea
A Brief History of Life
The Continental Triassic
The Marine Triassic
Terrestrial Fauna


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