Prehistoric Giants

The Megafauna of Australia

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Cover of Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria
By Danielle Clode
RRP $24.95
Published by Museum Victoria
Paperback, colour illustrations, 72pp

Step back to a time when giant goannas and marsupial lions stalked the Australian bush. Imagine herds of two-tonne Diprotodon roaming the plains, and flocks of flightless ducks bigger than emus striding across the shallow inland sea. Prehistoric Giants, the second in the Museum Victoria Nature series, is a guide to the Australian megafauna of the Pleistocene—a time when humans shared the land with giants. Richly illustrated and brought to life by the art of Peter Trusler and others, Prehistoric Giants will reveal an Australia you’ve never seen before.

Danielle Clode completed her PhD in zoology at Oxford University before embarking on a career as a science writer. As the Thomas Ramsay Fellow, she wrote Continent of Curiousities (CUP, 2006) about the natural history collections of Museum Victoria, where she also worked as an essayist and scientific interpreter. Her other books include Killers in Eden (which was made into an award-winning ABC TV documentary) and As if for a Thousand Years. Her last book, Voyages to the South Seas, was about French museum collectors in Australia and won the Premiers Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2007.