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Megalodon by Professor Ben Garrod

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Megalodon by Professor Ben Garrod

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

TV scientist Ben Garrod presents the biggest extinction events ever, told from the point of view of evolution’s superstars, the most incredible animals ever to swim, stalk, slither or walk our planet.
Whether you’re 9 or 90, his unique exploration of the most destructive, yet most creative, force in nature makes top level science fun. Here are the superstars of the story of life, from the super-weird to the super-ferocious.
Usually a species has 10 million years or so of evolving, eating, chasing, playing, maybe doing homework, or even going to the moon before it goes extinct. Megalodon, the super-predator, had the most powerful bite force ever measured!
Terrorizing the oceans, it hunted with stealth and skill, but even Megalodon died out, along with 50 percent of marine mammals, 2.5 million years ago. Collect all eight books about animals we have lost in mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega-volcanoes, clashing continents and climate change. Also includes:* Past brought to full-colour life by palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto* Ask an Expert contributions from leading scientists* Glossary and pronunciation guide.

My Thoughts

I can’t be impartial when geology is involved in a book, I studied geology at the university so it will always be a part of me. When I discovered the series “Extinct”, I have to admit that I was intrigued with it. How they could make a book from an animal that is no longer alive and that we don’t have any type of real photos. 
Don’t think this is a book for young children, it’s more for kids and adults, there’s a lot of text in it, didactic and easy to understand but maybe too boring for the smaller ones to read alone.
I had only the chance to read “Megalodon” from the series, but I really liked how it’s presented and explains a little about history and what “Extinct” means.
The book is told in first person, like you are talking to the author directly asking him questions, also with interesting stories to keep the reader interested.
I think this is a very interesting book to discover more about the story of the Earth and all the animals that lived in it. Also, a way to learn how to stop extinction and maybe be more respectful with our surroundings. Megalodon disappeared a long time ago, but right now there are a lot of species that are endangered and we should try to protect them.
Extinct is a book for any nature lover or curious about extinct animals, also, I think that this is a series that should be available for all the children. To make them interested in science and animals, a series to not buy only one book but all of them.
Also, the images are detailed, real and some of them quite scary! But remember that Megalodon was the largest predatory shark of all time, it’s likely that they reached 18m length and 20m long!! Can you imagine it?
This is a book that will surprise you and make you want to know more about Earth. Are you ready to be scared of “Megalodon”?

About The Author

I am fascinated by evolution and passionate about conservation and often find I have linked the two together. I am an evolutionary biologist and primate conservationist. I am also a broadcaster for television and radio and have written several books, covering a range of subjects from evolution and anatomy to animal behaviour and natural history.
I am the Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. My Masters was in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and my PhD at UCL focused on studying the early stages of speciation in island-living primates through molecular and anatomical changes.  
I started broadcasting in 2014 with my award-winning BBC4 series Secrets of Bones. Since then, I have presented a range of television programmes and series, including Secrets of Bones (2014), Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (2016), The Day the Dinosaurs Died (2017), Hyper-evolution: the Rise of Robots (2017), Secrets of Skin (2019) and Baby Chimp Rescue (2020).  I have also presented A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs (an Audible Original) and Bone Stories and The Human Hive on BBC Radio 4. 

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