“Dinosaurs? What is that? Something you put ointment on?” You will say after reading, Mega-Predators of the Past.
Those (as the book says, but honestly, I agree with) scene stealing dinosaurs are nothing compared to the real predators of history. From the smallest (great scorpions and griffenflies (a really large dragonfly-like being) at 28 inches) to the largest (the over 100-foot blue whale) you will see the great creatures. Melissa Stewart gives us as it was. Or, in the case of the blue whale, how it is (and just for reference, I am assuming that it would take three T-Rex to equal one whale. So, there you goose-honking little thing). Creatures that swam, flew, slithered, and ran like giant crazy chickens, they are there. There are BIIIIG BFS and even bigger shark-like animals. We see how they hunted, their size compared to their equivalent today (a Komodo dragon might be the biggest now, but it was nothing compared to the giant ripper lizard, and don’t get me started on terror birds!) and how they relate to the human size.
The artwork of Howard Gray is delightful. While we do not know how some of them would have looked exactly, everything reflects what we know of reptiles today. And the illustrations are lush, perfectly detailed and a delight to view. They are large and in charge (therefore you see that BFS in ALL its glory or gory, depending on how you feel about such critters).
Overall, this was a fun way to end 2022 (and not the cold that I got and welcomed 2023 with).