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The Short Tragic Life of Leo the Marsupial Lion
Author: John Long

ISBN: 9781920843946
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1 August 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.5 x 1.000
Leo's remains were discovered in a remote cave on the Nullarbor Plain. He was a marsupial lion, Thylacoleo, one of Australia's most extraordinary megafauna (extinct giant animals), thought to have lived approximately 500,000 years ago. This fascinating book recreates Leo's life in the period leading up to his early and tragic death. The story also recounts the process by which Leo became a fossil, and then his eventual 'discovery' by contemporary museum scientists. The book also provides an insight into the work of palaeontologists in researching, recovering and investigating fossil remains.

About the Author

John Long is Head of Sciences for Museum Victoria, Australia. A renowned paleontologist, he has collected fossils in Antarctica, Africa, throughout Asia, and has worked extensively in North America, Europe, and in every part of Australia. He has written or co-authored some 24 books, and in 2001 won Australia's prestigious Eureka Prize for the Public Promotion of Science.

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