Grade 5-7 The author of Feathered Dinosaurs (National Geographic, 2000) has again dipped into the paleontological well to produce another exciting volume. The lucid, informative text not only describes Dr. Paul Sereno's African expedition to locate the fossil remains of 40 -long Sarcosuchus imperator (aka SuperCroc), but also traces the development of crocodilians from their earliest known beginnings to the more familiar alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and gharials of today. Large, dynamic, full-color photos and equally dramatic artwork depict this long evolutionary history, while the readable text explores such early entries as phytosaurs and aetosaurs, describes important fossil finds, and discusses possible reasons for crocodilian extinctions. The author also muses on the mysteries of the fossil crocs of Madagascar, which have more in common with South American fossils of the same era, rather than the expected connection to nearby Africa. Well written, colorfully illustrated, and with an eye-catching cover, this high-interest title will be devoured by paleo-predatorphiles. -Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
One of the spillover effects from the recent infatuation over dinosaurs is increased interest in other forms of prehistoric life. This is particularly relevant for other giant prehistoric predators such as Supercroc, the topic of this book. Published by National Geographic, this book is filled with great text and great illustrations. The content of the text is understandable by any elementary school student who has a proclivity for science, and for those who don't, the full-page figures are worth … more