This first of six paperbacks about the prehistoric world describes 12 creatures of the Triassic period, from Paradoxides
, a trilobite, to the herbivorous reptile, Estemmenosuchus.
Each double-page spread shows an artist's conception of the creature as well as a photograph of a fossil, reconstructed skeleton, or modern equivalent and provides a short description and important facts. An introduction describes this series on the evolution of animals and includes a timeline from 540 million years ago to the present day. An appended animal families glossary includes those of most of the animals described (curiously including the word Dicynodont
, which is not mentioned in the text, and omitting Dinocephalalia
, which is) and a separate vocabulary. The index includes the time periods and the names of the animals but not their families. There is neither documentation for the information or the illustrations nor suggestions for further reading. More useful in homes than libraries. (Nonfiction. 7-10)Read full book review >