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A Jurassic Mystery
Archaeopteryx

Text by Marco Signore, Illustrations by Matteo Bacchin, Foreword by Mark Norell

Size: 7 11/16" x 11 1/4", 
Hardcover, 64 pages
All pages in full-color
Published 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0979-5
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The second volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Age Range: 9 years and up

"These books have great individualized forewords, a dinosaur evolutionary tree, and extensive informative essays dealing with the geography, flora and fauna, and other matters of the time period covered." -- School Library Journal

"... a six-part graphic series grounded in science facts but told partially through fiction. Although the large-format books are aimed at young dino aficionados... the text won't bore adults." -- Science News

In Abbeville’s new Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs for young readers. Each volume in the series tells the story, in comic-book form, of a different dinosaur living in its particular geological time and place. The narrative is entertaining, while all the details of the dinosaur’s behavior and its encounters with other species are rendered with scientific accuracy. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and geographical settings encountered in the comic.

A Jurassic Mystery, the second title, is a paleontological whodunit set in the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago, at a place that now lies in Germany. It investigates the suspicious death of an archaeopteryx, an early species of bird descended from the dinosaurs.

Matteo Bacchin is a Milan-based illustrator specializing in paleontological subjects. Marco Signore is a paleontologist known for his work on a remarkably well-preserved fossil of the small dinosaur Scipionyx samniticus. Mark Norell is curator in charge of fossil reptiles, amphibians, and birds at the American Museum of Natural History.

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