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When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life in the Triassic (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – 25 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Kids (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308628
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 0.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an incredible book in an incredible series. I have been buying at least one dinosaur related book a month for the past 6 years and have a very extensive collection, but nothing like this. 'When Dinos Dawned' really isn't the best choice if you just want a good basic dinosaur book. But if your child wants to know what came before the dinosaurs, if they have an interest in all things prehistoric from the plants and insects to mammals and sea life, this book and the series as a whole is truly exceptional. If you want unusual and different, this book really is it.

'When Dinos Dawned' starts with the beginning of the Triassic. The world is just recovering from the biggest mass extinction event ever known. Within a relatively short time period geologically, 90% of all living species ceased to exist. This doesn't mean 90% of life on earth died. The figures for overall life would have been much higher, even the most successful life forms only has a few survivors struggling to bring life into the next era.

We take a close look at the survivors and see one of Darwin's statements proven true. It is not the largest or most powerful species that survive. A few species survive by luck, but as Darwin said, in most cases, it is the most adaptable that survive. This is an excellent topic for discussion with children. Some people are clearly more adaptable than others, and learn to accept change early on is very good lesson in life for all children - not just the future palaeontologists.

The book explains something of how geological periods work, how the Triassic was named and what the earth was like physically at this time before moving onto the Triassic explosion, when life began to recover and a huge diversity of animals emerged.
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HASH(0x8ca26b04) out of 5 stars The BEST children's book on dinosaurs 3 Aug. 2013
By Adam C. Pritchard - Published on
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I am a paleontologist and a bit of a purist on books/DVDs I recommend for anyone interested in fossils. Popular books often have many technical errors or oversimplifications that can mislead readers on both subtle details and very broad ideas. Not so in "When Dinos Dawned..." Hannah Bonner's book features an amazing density of wonderful information on the Triassic Period, the first period of the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs began to rule the Earth.

Bonner features a greater diversity of reptiles and animals from the Triassic than any other popular book for children or adults. The cartoon reconstructions of animals are very accurate and energized. Each and every detail in the book was clearly researched meticulously. Half-shelled turtles, tail-clawed "monkey lizards," toothless crocodile relatives, the very first dinosaurs, and dozens of other beasts are all highlighted. Hilarious comic strips help make sense of the important events at that time. Best of all, the information here will help build an understanding not only of paleontology but of natural history in general. As an introductory text on dinosaurs and fossils, I cannot recommend this book enough.

If you have a young person in your life interested in dinosaurs, prehistoric life, or animals in general, go ahead and buy this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca26b58) out of 5 stars Love, love, love this series. 20 Feb. 2013
By between these days - Published on
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We have two of the other books from this series and have enjoyed them immensely. This one did not disappoint. The artwork is fantastic, the kids giggle while reading it, and I love that it presents the science accurately. We *highly* recommend!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b326708) out of 5 stars Charming Paleo-series Continues! 11 Mar. 2013
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The third book by the delightful Hannah Bonner picks up where the previous one left off...into the Triassic with the first dinosaurs! But before there were dinosaurs, there were a whole menagerie of creatures they shared a very different planet with. I'm amazed so much information can be presented in so small a package! Again, the charming, delightful series instructs and entertains. The science is easily understood, and the artwork is magnificient. I heartily recommend this book, and I hope Bonner continues into the Jurassic with a future addition to her library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b10d21c) out of 5 stars Very interesting, an informative and pleasant read. 8 May 2015
By Doug M. - Published on
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This is the third I have acquired over the last few years in this series of books. They are written in an easy to read amusing way but convey lots of information. The illustrations are excellent, and these books really give you an excellent glimpse into some long-ago periods of Earth's history and the changes that have taken place as life evolved into more recognizable forms, and emerged from the oceans onto land. Although these books would be perfectly readable by grade school kids, I found them a fascinating read and a great opportunity to learn more about a time I knew little about. I have a Ph.D. in biology, by the way.
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HASH(0x8b44f3a8) out of 5 stars Success!!! 24 Jun. 2014
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Our seven year od grandson loved it as shown by his demanding it be read to him at bedtime each night during our visit together.
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