Fossils From Lost Worlds


From earliest evidence gathered in the Ediacara Hills of Australia, we track the history of life itself in Fossils From Lost Worlds. That discovery was of Dickinsonia, a soft-bodied organism that lived some 550 million years ago. Yet this imprint, left in sediment so many years ago, continues to be examined as we piece together how it evolved into the life around us.

Alongside the discoveries shown, each is attributed to a location, and then annotated in graphic form to convey how the discovery was made. It means we learn how investigations have continued. Discoveries in fossil-rich sites such as Mongolia’s Gobi’s desert, have resulted in constant reconstructions of understandings as more is found and pieced together. Therefore, the oviraptor, whose skeleton was found alongside a nest of eggs, was first thought to be an egg stealer. Yet later evidence presented this dinosaur as trying to protect her own eggs from predators. Not only that, but this species was ‘covered in feathers‘ and sat upon its ‘eggs like a bird’. 

Links to other creatures from whales to chickens are examined, alongside attribution of the work of determined investigators like Georges Cuvier and Mary Anning.

Fossils From Lost Worlds is a compelling and rigorous book ideal for every keen dinosaur investigator or would- be palaeontologist. Bookwagon is proud to present this absorbing non-fiction title.

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Fossils From Lost Worlds

Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt

(Gecko Press)- hardback

Fossils From Lost Worlds tracks the history of life on Earth. It expands upon discoveries and investigations through the ages. We learn about the  ‘beginnings of animal life’. Firstcomplex organisms can be placed at more than 4 to 6 million years ago! This era saw ammonites and the Tiktaalik, the first amphibians to emerge from water.
An historical timeline of discoveries develops into theories built over the years. As evidence has grown many of these theories have been refuted or replaced.  For example, the majority of dinosaurs were considered to be coloured with muted, military tones. However, fresh evidence of fur and feathers disputes this to suggest many species were brightly coloured!
The revision continues to the present day. Jurassic Park suggests Tyrannosaurus Rex had an earth-shaking roar and could move at exceptional speed. However more recent research suggests this apex predator’s sound cannot be assumed, nor is it likely to have ‘run faster than 29 kilometres an hour‘!
Furthermore, this title’s exploration of fossil research includes an examination of ‘dinomania’. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins ‘was asked to build life-sized sculptures of animals from ancient times’ for  The Great Exhibition 1851. It seems his constructions unleashed a fascination that has continued to this day. This section, alongside each of the other areas examined, offers intricate graphics and anecdotes that aid our understanding and enjoyment.
Alongside other dinosaur books such as Dictionary of Dinosaurs or Mega Meltdown, Fossils From Lost Worlds is an engrossing investigation into the history and development of our Earth and palaeontology. What’s more, this title extends into the geography of the hunts. It offers glimpses into the most well-known investigators, like Lightning Mary (Anning) or Othniel Charles Marsh.


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