Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LIVING FOSSILS: Clues to the Past, OFFICIAL PUBLICATION DAY!

TA-DAH!  Today is the official publication date of my book LIVING FOSSILS: Clues to the Past by Charlesbridge Books. With beautiful illustrations by Andrew Plant, the text profiles six living species that look very similar to their ancient relatives otherwise known only as fossils.
Living fossils are modern-day animals such as horseshoe crabs that very closely resemble their ancient relatives. Discover why animals like the dragonfly and the nautilus have changed so little over time, while other animals evolved or went extinct. Contrasting "then" and "now" illustrations alternate profiles between a prehistoric creature in its native environment and its contemporary living-fossil counterpart. An amazing way to experience the ancient past!
Back matter includes a time line, additional information about the six living fossils, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.
I thank my editors and all the staff at Charlesbridge for making LIVING FOSSILS into such an attractive and readable book and look forward to promoting it at my upcoming school and library visits!
Horseshoe crabs coming on shore during mating season. (Illust. by Andrew Plant)




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