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Written by Ben Garrod

Illustrated by Gabriel Ugueto

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Dunkleosteus Review

Dinosaurs Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Non-Fiction

Learn why species go extinct

The Devonian period is often called ‘the Age of the Fishes’, and of all the fishes, the Dunkleosteus was the scariest and most powerful of all, the apex predator. Huge, with an armoured head, and the fastest bite you can imagine, it ate everything, including other Dunkleosteuses (i?). None of that helped of course when the Dunkleosteus faced a mass extinction event, in its case, it was a victim of the Late Devonian mass extinction, the only one that might have been caused by trees. In the second in his excellent series on extinction, Ben Garrod brings this amazing creature back to life, and explains all that we think happened during the Late Devonian era. This is non-fiction at its very best – completely up to date, packed with information explained clearly and through some excellent analogies, it tells us everything about the period and creature in question, and lots about our own world too. Buy the set!

Andrea Reece

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TV scientist Ben Garrod presents the biggest extinction events ever, told from the point of view of evolution's superstars, the most incredible animals ever to swim, stalk, slither or walk our planet.

Whether you're 9 or 90, his unique exploration of the most destructive, yet most creative, force in nature makes top level science fun.

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Dunkleosteus Synopsis

Here are the superstars of the story of life, from the super-weird to the super-ferocious. Usually a species has 10 million years or so of evolving, eating, chasing, playing, maybe doing homework, or even going to the moon before it goes extinct.

Dunkleosteus was super-snappy. With a bite 10 times stronger than a great white shark, it could snap its jaws 5 times faster than you can blink!

Discover its habitat, what it ate and what it was like to live in the shadow of this one-tonne predator until it went extinct at the end of the Age of Fishes.


Dunkleosteus Reader Reviews

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This is a must have series of books for any school library! Full review

Alexandra Carr

I consider myself to be a dinosaur expert and I found this book very interesting and informative. It only took me a few days to read the whole book! Full review

Isaac Oram (Age Year 5)

An accessible, beautifully-illustrated book that covers millions of years of natural history by focusing in on one particularly deadly predator. Full review

Cassie Lawrence

Dunkleosteus Press Reviews

Praise for So You Think You Know About..........Dinosaurs?:

'Garrod writes flawlessly with his own unique blend of well-honed skill as a scientist as well as the contagious curiosity and endless exploratory mindset usually reserved for children' BBC Wildlife Magazine

'Brilliantly dynamic, fascinating and original books on a topic you might think you and your kids know everything about but Dr Ben Garrod proves otherwise' Vicki Psarias, HonestMum

'TV scientist and biologist Garrod shines a fresh, contemporary light on this ever-popular topic' The Bookseller

'Ben Garrod's knowledge and enthusiasm for dinosaurs is both impressive and infectious' - Books for Keeps

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ISBN: 9781838935290
Publication date: 13/05/2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838935290
Publication date: 13th May 2021
Author: Ben Garrod
Illustrator: Gabriel Ugueto
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Dinosaurs, General Non-Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Ben Garrod

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio and is trustee and ambassador of a number of key conservation organisations. His previous books include So You Think You Know About... Dinosaurs? and The Chimpanzee and Me, published by Zephyr. 

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