Prehistoric: Dinosaurs, Megalodons and Other Fascinating Creatures of the Deep Past

What On Earth Bks. Sept. 2019. 48p. glossary. index. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781912920051.
Gr 2-6–Travelling back through time from the most recent prehistoric era to almost five billion years ago, this stunningly illustrated and detailed chronology describes the evolutionary development of life on Earth and the relationships between astronomical, climatological, and geological developments and the living creatures that have arisen and thrived in each era of prehistory. Each era is represented by at least one double-page spread (some have two or more), with full-color illustrations of a typical nature scene from that period, as well as detailed depictions of one type of animal common to that era, and a descriptive graphic that explains a geological or climatological condition that impacted the life forms during that era. For example, the Pleistocene period’s pages contain an illustration of a giant ground sloth stripping leaves from trees while being watched by an enormous armored glyptodont, a close-up rendering of the skull and teeth of a sabre-toothed tiger, and an explanatory graphic on climate change. A glossary, an index, and a guide to the flora and fauna featured in the stunning illustrations complete the volume.
VERDICT This extremely useful reference tool concerning prehistoric life on Earth is highly recommended for upper elementary and junior high library collections as well as science classrooms.

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