Ten Speed Press

Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium


Written by Stockholm-based illustrator and architect Maja Säfström, this little hardcover book is as educational for adults as it is for children. Full of sweet and strange creatures (like the Opabinia, an ancient sea creature; and the Indriotherium; a hornless rhino) the book’s illustrations are delightful. Moreover, each animal featured is accompanied by fascinating facts, for example: Giant Pacarana were rodents the size of cows, who had 12-inch teeth. Or terror birds (Phorusrhacids) which were taller than humans and were South America’s greatest predator for some time. It’s a charming way to learn about these remarkable animals, and indeed the complicated and temporary nature of life on Earth.