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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'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.Read more ›
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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!