What did a penguin's great, great, great, great, GREAT grandparent look like? Find out with incredible pop-up pages!
Palaeontologist Dr Dean Lomax takes a closer look at seven wild animals and, using fossil clues, reveals who their prehistoric relatives were.
From a mighty whale to a tiny dragonfly, find out about the wild creatures and their animal families today. Then open the fold-out pages to reveal awesome pop-ups, bringing you face-to-face with their long-extinct ancestors. Go head-to-head with the woolly mammoth, meet the mega shark Megalodon and get to know the prehistoric penguin named Icadyptes. Discover how these animals lived long ago, how they are different to their modern relatives – and how they are the same.
Full of fascinating facts, bright illustrations and real fossil finds, meet prehistoric beasts of the past.
Dean Lomax is an internationally recognised award-winning palaeontologist, presenter, and author who has travelled the globe excavating dinosaurs and has described several new species of prehistoric reptiles along the way. Dean is passionate about communicating palaeontology and has presented on TV, including ITV's Dinosaur Britain. Author of several books, scientific papers and articles, Dean has a gold medal for excellence in science and he is also the patron of the UK Association of Fossil Hunters (UKAFH), Mary Anning Rocks! and is a Visiting Scientist at the University of Manchester. In 2021, Dean led the UK dig that unearthed the Rutland Sea Dragon – the largest and most complete ichthyosaur fossil found in the UK.
From astronauts and knights to vampires and dragons, Mike Love has a love for working with imagination and narrative. He has worked with publishers such as Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Orion, OUP and many more. Mike has a Master's Degree in Fine Art from the University of Aberystwyth.
"Engagingly written, bursting with facts and stunning foldout creatures, Prehistoric Beasts is a delight. Perfect reading for inquisitive minds, whether you're an aspiring palaeontologist, a nature nut or simply curious about our ancient past!"
– Rebecca Wragg Sykes, archaeologist and author of Kindred
"This fun book about dinosaurs and other ancient beasts is written by a leading authority in the field, a scientist who devotes every waking hour to digging up giant bones and when he's not doing that he is studying how they lived and how they can be compared with living animals."
– Professor Michael Benton, author of The Dinosaurs Rediscovered
"Prehistoric Beasts introduces the typically mega-sized prehistoric ancestors or relatives of animals that exist today. Dr Dean Lomax traces seven animals – the elephant, the shark, the sloth, the dragonfly, the alligator, the penguin, and the whale – back nearly 400 million years ago. The book design is brilliant. Each double spread introduces one of the seven animals, describing the animal and their habitat with a full colour illustration on one page. On the other page is a fuller explanation of the different species within the animal's family, conveying the extent of and variety of these creatures and how they survive. There are some surprising facts, such as the elephants' closet living relatives being sirenians or 'sea cows' and sloths only climb down from trees once a week to poo. The second page is also a fold out, finishing with a clue and a question. Can the reader guess the prehistoric ancestor or relative under the flap? When you open the flap [...] out pops the prehistoric beast. Centre of the fold is Mike Love's fantastically engineered pop-up of the animal, sized, so that the reader literally comes face to face with these prehistoric animals in a variety of action poses – for example the ancient alligator with its teeth around the throat of its prey or the megalodon breaking the surface of the water, scattering dolphins – adding an incredible dynamic to the book. The text presents a further description of each animal and their habitat as well as evidence shown in the fossil record or in the case of the elephant's relatives, remains found in the permafrost. The book is a gold mine of unbelievable facts, including giant penguins taller than humans and giant ants the size of hummingbirds. Sadly, there are only seven animals, and whilst Dr Dean Lomax and Mike Love have chosen the ones that will appeal and fascinate children as well as broaden their interest in natural history, hopefully there will be further books. For me pop-out engineering brings a phenomenal WOW factor to any book but is especially suited to the subject of natural history. Prehistoric Beasts can only be described as a three-dimensional experience, bringing to life ancient ancestors and relics of relatives from a distant past."
– Simon Barrett, Armadillo