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.
Growing Up in the Cretaceous, the fourth title, begins with the hatching of the eggs
in a family of Scipionyx, small carnivores living in the early Cretaceous period, 113 million
years ago, in what is now Italy. The story follows one of the hatchlings as, with the
help of his parents, he learns to survive amidst larger dinosaurs, like the duck-billed
hadrosaurs and the fish-eating Baryonyx. The essays following the comic investigate the
behavior of dinosaurs.
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.