Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep

Book - 2007
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Sharks and dinosaurs, dinosaurs and sharks, we find them both alien and awe-inspiring, at once utterly inhuman and somehow irresistibly compelling. But forget Jaws and Jurassic Park—nothing can prepare you for Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep, an amazing plunge into the Cretaceous oceans of 80 million years ago, a merciless realm ruled by the most ferocious animals ever to stalk the seas of planet Earth. More terrifying than anything known to humankind, it scarcely seems possible that these swift, massive underwater predators actually existed, but they did—and this is their frightening, fascinating, unforgettable story.

Featuring incredibly realistic computer-generated images and 3-D film clips—with 3-D glasses—field photography by National Geographic cameramen, and much more, the book interweaves dramatic scenes of the far, far distant past; up-to-the-minute scientific profiles of nearly two dozen sea monsters; and a group portrait of the eccentric Sternberg family, Kansas-bred pioneers of marine paleontology. From giant sharks and fierce reptiles to the fossil-hunters who proved that today's land-locked Great Plains were once submerged, to the cutting-edge Large Format Film technology that made Sea Monsters possible, this book and the movie behind it will forever change how we think about marine predators—and make us look at the oceans of our world with new eyes and a shivery mix of wonderment and ancient, instinctive fear.

Baker & Taylor
A companion volume to the 3-D "Sea Monsters" film reveals the terrifying predators that lurked in the underwater Cretaceous world, in a volume that also profiles the scientists who study these ancient monsters and the technology that made the film possible.

Blackwell North Amer
The official companion to the Giant Screen film Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, this book takes readers back in time - 82 million years ago - to when a massive sea divided North America, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico northward to Canada. Mike Everhart introduces the marine creatures that lived there, giving us a glimpse of creatures like the sinuous Styxosauras, whose serpentine neck weighed more than a ton, or the fierce 40-foot Tylosaurus, the undisputed top predator of the time.
Sea Monsters also tells the story of the pioneering paleontologists who unearthed these sea monsters from underneath the soils of Kansas. Archival photos, many never before published, bring into focus the hard work of these scientists and their groundbreaking discoveries.
Computer-generated images taken directly from the film - many in 3-D - bring these creatures to life. A behind-the-scenes look at making the movie gives insight into the work that went into creating the scientifically accurate, dynamic images from the film, which appear throughout the book. Combining National Geographic's tradition of strong science, storytelling, and compelling imagery, Sea Monsters is a journey into a prehistoric world.

& Taylor

A companion volume to the upcoming 3-D Sea Monsters film journeys beneath the sea some eighty million years ago to reveal the terrifying predators that lurked in the underwater Cretaceous world, in a volume that also profiles the scientists who study these ancient monsters and the innovative technology that made the film possible. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2007
ISBN: 9781426200854
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 29 cm


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May 01, 2011

Great informative book about some pretty scary creatures! Lots of 3-d pictures add to the fun. The 3-d glasses are in the book - at least in the copy we received!

teacupfaerie Mar 03, 2011

best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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