Author(s): Dave Gunson
This stunning illustrated book describes the animals and plants that once thrived in New Zealand, but have now become lost to us for a variety of reasons.
Covering the last 120 million years, this book is divided into three sections: the reign of the dinosaurs: after the dinosaurs; and the ice ages and beyond. Within these sections, there are several vivid double page spreads illustrating related animals and plants in an active setting - either the coast, plains, swamp, bush, forest or the sea.
The Lost Worlds of Aotearoa stars the dinosuars that would have lived in NZ - including megalosaurs, sauropods, ankylosaurs and pterosaurs among others; the New Zealand crocodile, the giant gecko, the giant shark, several species of moa, the Haast's eagle, as well as some more recent extinct species such as the huia, the Northland skink and the bush wren. Simply and directly written, this book opens up a window into New Zealand's far-distant past, tracking its evolution from being part of Gondwanaland to its present state.
Dave Gunson is a multi-talented artist/writer who has a deep interest in natural history. He has written and/or illustrated many NZ books including Dave Gunson's New Zealand Wildlife (2004) and Which New Zealand Bird? (with Andrew Crowe, 2001).