In Abbevilles Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed
up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs in comic-book form. Each volume in
the series tells the action-packed yet scientifically accurate story of a different dinosaur
living in its particular time and place. 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 settings encountered in the comic.
The Hunting Pack, the third title in the series, depicts life in a group of Allosaurus in
the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago, in what is today western North America.
As these powerful predators hunt herbivores like Camarasaurus and Stegosaurus, an
aggressive young Allosaurus challenges the battle-scarred dominant male for leadership
of the pack. The essays at the back of the book explore the comics remarkable setting,
the ancient ecosystem of the Morrison Formation, located in what is today the western
United States and Canada.
Matteo Bacchin, an illustrator based in Luino, Italy, specializes in paleontological subjects. Marco Signore, a paleontologist, holds a Ph.D. in paleobiology from the University of Bristol. In 1998, he published the first known specimen of Scipionyx in the journal Nature. Mark Norell is curator in charge of fossil reptiles, amphibians, and birds at the American Museum of Natural History.