New Book | Giant Spike-Toothed Salmon and much more from the Early Pliocene of California


Julia Sankey and Jacob Biewer (California State University) just released “The Giant Spike-Toothed Salmon and Other Extinct Wildlife of Central California”, a new book on the giant, spike toothed salmon and massive tortoises in California.

Written for a general audience, with excellent illustrations, the book is readly available through Amazon. It portrays the California of 5 million years ago and the very weird animals inhabiting it. Go back in time and learn about the geology and paleontology of the Central Valley of California, with erupting volcanos and rivers that flowed in the opposite direction from today. Explore the amazing extinct wildlife, how these animals became fossils, and the paleontologists who discovered them.

This concise, engaging, and well-illustrated book is suitable for all ages. Explore it on your own or as a family, and hurry up before it sells out!


Here’s what people are saying about it:


Rated 5 out of 5 stars Wonderful creatures, great story.
on June 13, 2017
on June 13, 2017

on June 19, 2017
 Nine foot, tusked salmon once lurked in the Tuolumne river? Giant tortoises once lumbered through my back yard? Just what did this place look like when there were mastodons and other long-gone creatures roaming the central California landscape? Julia Sankey and Jacob Biewer take us on a humorous journey to discover just that. They describe the joy in sleuthing for clues in the field, and introduce us to researchers who help piece together a picture of ancient California. Many photos and easy-to-understand illustrations help us to imagine the geologic events that took place five to ten million years ago, and how they shaped the landscape and the plants and animals that lived there. An excellent, easy read for older kids and armchair paleontologists of all ages, it just might inspire you to dig deeper the next time you find that odd tooth on the ground.

on June 18, 2017

(Image Credit: Jacob Biewer, co-author)


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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)