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Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.From the saber-toothe Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.From the saber-toothed tiger, who makes our African lion seem like a kitten, to the woolly mammoth, whose tusks were large enough to swing from, to Diatryma, a massive 12-foot flightless bird who could hunt down small horses, to Quetzlocoatlus, with its wingspan as wide as a small airplane's, this book showcases the remarkable creatures that roamed the world along with -- and after -- the dinosaurs. "Beyond the Dinosaurs!" is filled with over fifty full-color paintings of these strange and fabulous beasts by the world's top illustrators of prehistoric animals. It also contains information about each animal, exploring where and when it lived, what it ate, and its particular attributes. Additionally, there is a listing of the best sites to visit on the World Wide Web for more information about these fantastic animals. It's a treasure trove of information about some of the most astonishing creatures that ever roamed our world.


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Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.From the saber-toothe Dinosaurs were not the only incredible creatures to live and rule Earth's prehistoric past. Flying reptiles filled the skies for 100 million years. Deadly marine reptiles, some over 50 feet long, swam and hunted in the ancient oceans. And long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other astonishing reptiles and giant, lethal mammals stalked the earth.From the saber-toothed tiger, who makes our African lion seem like a kitten, to the woolly mammoth, whose tusks were large enough to swing from, to Diatryma, a massive 12-foot flightless bird who could hunt down small horses, to Quetzlocoatlus, with its wingspan as wide as a small airplane's, this book showcases the remarkable creatures that roamed the world along with -- and after -- the dinosaurs. "Beyond the Dinosaurs!" is filled with over fifty full-color paintings of these strange and fabulous beasts by the world's top illustrators of prehistoric animals. It also contains information about each animal, exploring where and when it lived, what it ate, and its particular attributes. Additionally, there is a listing of the best sites to visit on the World Wide Web for more information about these fantastic animals. It's a treasure trove of information about some of the most astonishing creatures that ever roamed our world.

19 review for Beyond the Dinosaurs!: Sky Dragons, Sea Monsters, Mega-Mammals, and Other Prehistoric Beasts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    I rarely post books that I read to my kids on Goodreads but this one is dramatic enough to deserve a spot. Warning: it's an oddly tall book that may not fit properly on most bookshelves. In shape and content, consider it a junior coffee table book. The prominence of the word DINOSAURS! on the cover contradicts the content which, as the literal reading of the title indicates, is about everything but dinosaurs. Instead it highlights all of the other terrifying creatures that lived during and after I rarely post books that I read to my kids on Goodreads but this one is dramatic enough to deserve a spot. Warning: it's an oddly tall book that may not fit properly on most bookshelves. In shape and content, consider it a junior coffee table book. The prominence of the word DINOSAURS! on the cover contradicts the content which, as the literal reading of the title indicates, is about everything but dinosaurs. Instead it highlights all of the other terrifying creatures that lived during and after the age of dinosaurs. The general public conceives of pteranodons (including pterodactyls) and plesiosaurs as dinosaurs, I think, but they were actually non-dinosaur reptiles that lived in the same era. The difference is largely pedantic, but this book attempts to be scientifically accurate. The creatures are divided into three chapters, as per the book's subtitle: "Sky Dragons" (not dragons - flying reptiles), "Sea Monsters" (not monsters - aquatic reptiles), and "Mega-Mammals and other prehistoric beasts" (a mixture of mammals, birds and land-based non-dinosaur giant reptiles). Each chapter has a one to two page overview, and the rest is text blocks describing single species accompanied by vivid images. The artwork is superb, dramatic and terrifying, visualizing these beasts in all of their oft-predatory glory. In contrast the text is generally dry. Each block gives the creature's scientific name, often the name's meaning which usually refers to its type of teeth, diet, size, time period of existence, and continents where fossils have been found. At age 6 my child sustains interest while we read these, helped by adding a frame of reference for the enormous size of most of the creatures: "It's wingspan is as wide as this room," "it's head was as long as this bed," "it was taller than the ceiling." My favorite chapter is the last, with the greatest variety of creatures. The flying reptiles all appear largely similar and perhaps too many are included; the aquatic "monsters" chapter is conversely too short. As an adult I remain fascinated by the giraffe-sized flightless birds and the giant mammals in particular. Regrettably, one of my favorite such creatures, the glyptodont, is not included.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kaufman

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margelyn Carpenter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaurab Kumar

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kris

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keller

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kaufman

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Manford

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hechepe

  12. 5 out of 5

    UNC Reading Center Library

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lu Benke

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.J Summers

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Questing Child

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Bell

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brown Deer Public Library

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alec Brownie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krzysiek (Chris)

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