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Written by Ben Garrod

Illustrated by Gabriel Ugueto

Part of the Extinct - The Story of Life on Earth Series

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Megalodon Review

Dinosaurs Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Non-Fiction The Natural World

In words and pictures, find out what did for the world’s super-predator

Megalodon was a unique and terrifying killer, dominating every food chain in the ocean for millions of years, the ultimate prehistoric predator. So what happened to make it go extinct 3.6 million years ago in the Pliocene epoch?

Scientist and TV presenter Professor Ben Garrod’s series examines the world’s mass extinctions from the point of view of creatures around at the time, and makes for an absolutely fascinating way of telling the story of life on Earth. Each book in the series is packed with scientific information, well presented through accessible text and lots of colour illustrations by a palaeoartist no less. There are additional contributions from experts, a glossary and – particularly useful – a pronunciation guide. Every book in the series will grab and hold the attention of young palaeontologists, but the story of the ferocious megalodons will be particularly gripping.

Andrea Reece

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Megalodon Synopsis

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.

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.

Megalodon, the super-predator, had the most powerful bite force ever measured! Terrorizing the oceans, it hunted with stealth and skill, but even Megalodon died out, along with 50 percent of marine mammals, 2.5 million years ago.

Collect all eight books about animals we have lost in mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega-volcanoes, clashing continents and climate change.

Also includes: * Past brought to full-colour life by palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto * Ask an Expert contributions from leading scientists * Glossary and pronunciation guide

Megalodon Press Reviews

Praise for the series:

'An accessible, beautifully illustrated book that covers millions of years of natural history by focusing on one particularly deadly predator... I am intrigued to read the other books in the series' -- Cassie Lawrence, librarian, LoveReading, on Dunkleosteus 

A truly gripping and awe-inspiring series of books... An awesome way in which to learn tons and have a great time doing it' - VIP Reading

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ISBN: 9781838935412
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Publisher: Zephyr
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838935412
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Ben Garrod
Illustrator: Gabriel Ugueto
Publisher: Zephyr
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Dinosaurs, Non-Fiction, The Natural World

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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