There are a lot of large birds that inhabit our world today—the albatross, the condor, the emperor penguin. But none of these compare to the terror bird: a bird of prey that roamed ancient South America over fifteen million years ago. The terror bird could stand as tall as a basket ball hoop, with strong beaks designed to hunt. For sixty million years, the terror bird thrived. Almost every other animal could be considered its prey.
How did this prehistoric creature live and hunt? How did it eventually become extinct? Sarah Thompson presents this scientific information with the emerging reader in mind—the text is simple, concise, and clear, yet full of useful and thought-provoking facts and ideas. Andrew Plant’s illustrations, labeled throughout, provide readers with an accurate visual of the creatures presented. Lovers of nature and paleontology will find much to enjoy in this introduction to the biggest meat-eating bird that ever lived.
Back matter includes facts about other flightless birds—both alive and extinct—as well as additional resources for further discovery.
About the Author
Sarah L. Thomson is a former children’s book editor who is now a full-time children’s book writer. She has written more than thirty books across many genres. She lives in Portland, Maine.
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This is South America fifteen million years ago. Tall grass waved in the wind. Or maybe the grass waved because something was creeping closer to its next meal. A long neck reached up. A huge head peered out of the grass. A terror bird was hunting.
Excerpted from "Ancient Animals: Terror Bird"
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