When John Long clamped his hands around a fossil at the age of seven, it sparked a lifelong love affair with collecting artefacts from another time. His many ground-breaking discoveries have changed our thinking about the early evolution of back-boned animals. He was Australia's only President of the world's largest palaeontology society. He worked with the Australian Federal Police to bust the illegal fossil trade. Yet, Professor Long mysteriously still finds time for other pursuits, such as writing 26 adult and children's books relating to science.
Danielle Clode is the award-winning Australian author of In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World. Her writing includes natural history, essays, science-writing, historical fiction and best-selling children's books. She grew up in the fishing town of Port Lincoln in South Australia before sailing around the coast with her parents on a boat known as 'the pirate ship'. After finishing school in far north Queensland, she moved to Adelaide to study politics and psychology. Danielle worked as a zookeeper before completing her doctorate in zoology at Oxford University. She has been a freelance writer and researcher ever since and also teaches creative and academic writing across Australia.