Forgotten Beasts - Polly & Co

Forgotten Beasts

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Matt Sewell's follow-up to the mega-hit Dinosaurs is a beautifully-illustrated large format look at the amazing beasts that time forgot - from the relatively well known, such as the sabre-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth, to the obscure monsters that walked the earth millions of years ago - many now forgotten. New findings are being made every year, and research is showing us exactly how these beasts looked and how they lived.

Creatures illustrated and described include:

  • Sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths
  • Glyptodon - an armadillo as big as a VW Beetle car
  • Megalodon - a monster 60 foot (18m) shark
  • Water King penguin - a red and grey penguin the size of a man
  • Ornimegalonyx - a huge Cuban flightless owl, the largest owl that ever existed, at over 3 feet (1m) tall
  • Indricotherium - looking like a cross between a huge giraffe and a rhino, the largest land mammal ever to exist. Adults were 20 tons in weight and over 25 feet (8m) tall
  • Deinotherium - a strange-looking and huge, elephant-like creature with tusks positioned on its lower jaw and curved, facing downwards
  • Short-nosed bear - a massive fearsome bear that kept North America human free
  • Aurochs - the wild bull, striped and with huge horns
  • Megatherium - the giant sloth, as large as a modern elephant
  • Mastodons - related to the mammoths but with shorter legs and a longer body
  • The giant otter, that weighed 35lb (18kg)

Less celebrated than the dinosaurs, the range of beasts is equally impressive, every one a scary, amazing creature that actually stalked the planet. Like the dinosaurs, these beasts are awe-inspiring in their variety, with amazing details not seen on animals today and in a wide variety of furs, feathers and colours, making for a stunning collection of illustrations.

About the Author...

Matt Sewell, author of the bestselling Our Garden Birds (Ebury, 2012), has illustrated for the Guardian, Big Issue and the V&A amongst many others; painted and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris, as well as being an avid ornithologist and regular contributor to the Caught by the River website. He lives in Shrewsbury with his partner and young daughter.