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La Terre avant les Dinosaures [Earth Before the Dinosaurs]

By: Sébastien Steyer (Author), Alain Bénéteau (Illustrator)

208 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Editions Belin

Paperback | Feb 2009 | #224875 | ISBN-13: 9782701142067
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About this book

Language: French

This beautiful volume introduces the incredible animals that populated the planet before the Age of the Dinosaurs. Readers voyage to a time, beginning about 370 million years ago, when the first four-footed vertebrates appeared, and ending 200 million years later at the moment when the dinosaurs begin their ascent. During this time, vertebrates emerge from the sea and there appears a parade of animals, each more astonishing than the last. On this expedition, we learn how paleontologists become detectives to understand the history of life and we discover that many widely held ideas about the evolution of species are completely false. La Terre avant les Dinosaures is an entertaining and informative guide to an astonishing and little-known world.

Summary in French:
Ce livre répare une injustice ! Il braque l’objectif sur de grands oubliés de la paléontologie : des animaux qui, bien avant le règne des dinosaures, peuplaient notre planète.

Le lecteur est convié à un voyage dans le temps qui commence il y a environ 370 millions d’années, alors que les vertébrés à pattes font leur apparition, et se termine près de 200 millions d’années plus tard, au moment où les dinosaures prennent leur essor. Entre temps, il aura vu les premiers vertébrés sortir de l’eau et croisé la route d’animaux plus étonnants les uns que les autres. Il aura également compris comment, sur le terrain, les paléontologues se transforment en Sherlock Holmes de l’histoire de la vie.

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