While dinosaurs dominated Earth during the Mesozoic era, an astonishing collection of reptiles, often referred to as sea dragons, filled the oceans. But where did these sea dragons come from? Where did they go? Award-winning science writer Sneed B. Collard III delivers a dramatic account of our growing understanding of the evolution, survival, and finally, the extinction of these extraordinary animals.
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Sneed B. Collard III has been a biologist and a computer scientist. He's put his knowledge and experience to use by writing more than thirty children's books, including MANY BIOMES, ONE EARTH; BEAKS; and TEETH. He began writing after graduating with honors in marine biology from the University of California at Berkeley. After earning his master’s in scientific instrumentation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he continued to hone his craft while serving as a computer consultant for biologists. He lives in Missoula, Montana.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–8—An arresting dust jacket depicting a humongous pliosaur snapping huge toothy jaws at a small, long-necked plesiosaur is an attention-grabber, but it is the informative text that brings these real sea monsters to life. Collard follows his usual pattern of careful organization, with a readable text and up-to-date information to present these Mesozoic marvels to budding marine paleontologists. Plant has provided five full-color paintings, but it is his numerous black-and-white drawings that lend sturdy anatomical and physical information. Several shaded boxes discuss such topics as Mary Anning's contributions to marine reptile discoveries. Collard's discussion on extinction theories is cogent as well. While not as large or as colorfully dramatic as Mike Everhart's much more difficult Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep (National Geographic, 2007), this simpler work gives a lucid look into strange prehistoric seas.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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