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Everyone loves a shark, and they don’t come bigger (18 metres) than Megalodon. This new book, part of the Prehistoric Beasts Uncovered series, doesn’t just give the known facts about Megalodon, awesome as they are, it also explains how we know what we do, and how scientists deduce information. Shark vertebrae for example have growth rings like those that form in tree trunks, and studying fossilised Megalodon vertebrae has revealed that the animals could live to at least 40 years old. A special Science in Action section shows how state of the art technology is helping answer questions such as how hard could Megalodon bite, and when did Megalodon go extinct. Even the most ardent young palaeontologist will learn something new from this book, and its emphasis on the latest discoveries and scientists’ work is fascinating. ~ Andrea Reece
A Piece of Passion from Publisher Ruth Owen: I love science and I love dinosaurs – so it was a fantastic opportunity to work with author and palaeontologist, Dougal Dixon, to create and publish our new series. It was also fascinating to work with the artists, from around the world, who created the life-like 3D artworks of the animals featured in the series. Every year new fossil discoveries are made, or advancements in technology allow us to gather more evidence from bones that were dug from the ground decades ago. This means the books are just jam-packed with the latest information on these incredible animals. From seeing T. rex skin for the first time, to an investigation that recreated T. rex’s sinister, blood-curdling sounds, I was learning new things every day. I didn’t want the project to end and I hope that readers have as much fun reading the books as we did making them!
The Prehistoric Beast Uncovered series includes;
Think you know everything there is to know about Megalodon? Think again! Was Megalodon the largest shark to ever live? How did this enormous predator attack and kill whales? And why did this powerful killer become extinct? Drawing on the latest research and most recent discoveries worldwide, this fantastic new book uncovers and explores the lives of Earth’s first sharks.
Readers will get to indulge their love of prehistoric animals with page after page of specially commissioned artworks, diagrams and facts. Each book also contains a Behind the Facts section where readers can discover how paleontologists and other scientists discovered the information featured in the book. From digging up fossils in scorching deserts to creating CGI reconstructions, each book will bring STEM to life for young readers, showing just how science, maths and technology are helping us uncover the world of prehistoric beasts!
|Publication date:||30th April 2018|
|Publisher:||Ruby Tuesday Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
Dougal Dixon studied geology and paleogeography at the University of St Andrews. He is an award-winning author specialising in the earth sciences and evolution with many children's books and encyclopaedias to his name. He has acquired a reputation for putting over the concepts in a totally novel way. Along these lines his most notable books are After Man: A Zoology of the Future in which he explained the workings of evolution by postulating the types of animals that may evolve in times to come, and The New Dinosaurs, in which he described the zoogeography ...More About Dougal Dixon