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.
Tyrannosaurus Rex, the most famous and the most misunderstood superstar in the story life! This mightiest of dinosaurs – massive, green and scaly – or, as we now know, massive and partially feathered, with a keen sense of hearing, smell and great vision dominated the Cretaceous landscape. Everyone knows about the giant asteroid which struck Earth 66 million years ago ending the Age of the Dinsoaurs. Or did it?
Collect all eight books about animals we have lost in mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega-volcanoes, clashing continents and climate change.
* Past brought to full-colour life by palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto
* Ask an Expert contributions from leading scientists
* Glossary and pronunciation guide
'This was a super book for us to read together ... Any budding paleontologists would be poring all over this and relishing the amazing array of facts and illustrations ... Well written with clear explanations of some tricky concepts – this is a book we can keep on the bookshelf for years' Toppsta reader review, parent, on Dunkleosteus.
'It is really good to read ... The pictures were really helpful for imagining what life looked like when trilobites lived. I want to read the other books in the series now, especially the megalodon one' Toppsta reader review, age 11, on Trilobite.
'This book is brilliant. It was interesting and so many facts I didn't know before ... The illustrations are great. Will be looking at other books in this series' Toppsta reader review, age 8, on Dunkleosteus.
'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