When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight by Hannah Bonner

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In the style of WHEN BUGS WERE BIG and WHEN FISH GOT FEET this book discusses all the exciting developments of the Triassic Age, from the recovery of the planet from the most deadly mass extinction ever, to the first appearance of the dinosaurs. We also get to meet the first mammals, the first pterosaurs (flying reptiles), the first frogs, a host of predatory marine reptiles, early turtles, and the first coral reefs.  With the books' signature blend of humor and clearly presented information, cartoon illustrations help keep the fact-filled material extra fun.

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About Hannah Bonner

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Hannah Bonner grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca. She studied biology and art at Oberlin College in Ohio. Her natural science illustrations have graced many publications including the best-selling Scholastic "Science Dictionary" and "When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth," her previous National Geographic children's title. This was a "Booklist" Top 10 Science Book for Youth and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, History. Fiction

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A breezy look at the flora and fauna of 250–320 million years ago.

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Bonner surrounds a lively, specific narrative punctuated, but not weighted down, by tongue-twisting scientific names with a gallery of simply drawn, precisely detailed land and sea life—along with the occasional single or strip cartoon featuring, for instance, a toothy prehistoric meteorologist t...

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The author of When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth (2003) continues her droll but dependable tour of deep prehistory, focusing here on the flora, fauna and fungi of the Silurian and Devonian Periods, approximately 360 to 44 million years ago.

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Early mammals are already waiting in the wings, and a swelling chorus of insects (“We eat pollen, we drink sap, / We do the hungry insect rap”) make up a “bug buffet.” In the deep, toothy sharks, ichthyosaurs and other predators put in appearances—hovering, in the illustration, over a tempting pl...

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