A countdown of five of the most captivating ancient bison fossil discoveries and relatives provides thrills as readers discover more about the biological, social, and hunting characteristics of these Ice Age creatures.
Part of the X-Books: Ice Age Creatures series
What sort of world did Ancient Bison inhabit? In this captivating story, readers will travel back in time to see how bison have evolved and developed over the past two hundred thousand years. Steppe Bison traveled across the Bering Land Bridge to North America, where they settled and evolved into two types of bison: Steppe Bison and Long-horned Bison. Ancient Bison lived in a world filled with mammoths, ground sloths, and other creatures. They roamed the Americas until about ten thousand years ago, becoming smaller and quicker and finally evolving into the American Bison that still exist today. Ancient Bison are extinct, but their gene pool lives on through their close relatives, including bison, cattle, sheep, and buffalo. This book is a fascinating time travel adventure that young readers will return to again and again, sifting through knowledge and discovery with every turn of the page.
–Children's Literature, 11/06/2022
X-Books are designed to present information in small chunks with numerous images; sidebars, labels and captions provide extra details. Ancient creatures such as mammoths and saber-toothed cats are ranked in a top five countdown of the best fossil finds. The physical features and social organization of each type of animal is explained, as well as the reasons for their extinction. Maps show the range covered by the animals during their time. Most books include a timeline of fossil finds, although there is a timeline of physical development for dire wolves. Each book has a page of “Xciting Facts” with tidbits comparing modern animals to their extinct ancestors, offering theories from researchers, and even making connections to popular culture. VERDICT A good choice for readers who prefer a more graphic presentation. Sure to circulate often.
–School Library Journal, 11/01/2022