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Growing Up in the Cretaceous

By Matteo Baccchin and Marco Signore, Foreword by Mark Norell

Size: 7 11/16" x 11 1/4", 
Hardcover, 64 pages
over 64 full-color cartoon illustrations
Published 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7892-1012-8
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The third and fourth volumes 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 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.

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