Locked in Time: Animal Behaviour Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary Fossils


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Locked in Time: Animal Behaviour Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary Fossils allows us to picture the forms of life that inhabited the earth eons ago. But we long to know more: how did these animals actually behave? We are fascinated by the daily lives of our fellow creatures—how they reproduce and raise their young, how they hunt their prey or elude their predators, and more. What would it be like to see prehistoric animals as they lived and breathed?

From dinosaurs fighting to their deaths to elephant-sized burrowing ground sloths, Locked in Time: Animal Behaviour Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary Fossils takes readers on a global journey deep into the earth’s past. Locked in Time showcases fifty of the most astonishing fossils ever found, brought together in five fascinating chapters that offer an unprecedented glimpse at the real-life behaviours of prehistoric animals. Dean R. Lomax examines the extraordinary direct evidence of fossils captured in the midst of everyday action, such as dinosaurs sitting on their eggs like birds, Jurassic flies preserved while mating, a T. rex infected by parasites. Each fossil, he reveals, tells a unique story about prehistoric life. Many recall behaviors typical of animals familiar to us today, evoking the chain of evolution that links all living things to their distant ancestors. Locked in Time allows us to see that fossils are not just inanimate objects: they can record the life stories of creatures as fully alive as any today. Striking and scientifically rigorous illustrations by renowned paleoartist Bob Nicholls bring these breath-taking moments to life.

About the author

Dean’s passion for palaeontology stems from a childhood fascination with everything dinosaur. His career has taken what some consider an unconventional route and 18, he sold many of his possessions to fund a trip to excavate dinosaurs in America, then immersed himself in research and writing scientific papers and books.

Over the years, his academic research was recognised at such a high standard that he became affiliated with The University of Manchester as a ‘Visiting Scientist’ in 2013. He then completed a postgraduate MPhil degree and eventually a PhD in palaeontology, despite not having an undergraduate degree. With his self-taught background he likes to think that his journey is quite remarkable and that it hopefully inspires others to pursue their dreams.

Here’s a short documentary about Dean’s career, presented by the very talented Ben G. Thomas.


Keynote Mary Anning V2Mary Anning – A fossil hunter’s story

Dean Lomax is acknowledged for his insight and advice towards the project: Mary Anning – A fossil hunter’s story: which explores the life of Mary Anning. Is a set of teaching and learning resources, and professional learning strategies, for teachers of children aged 9-11 years to support their knowledge and understanding of the big ideas of fossils and evolution, the nature of scientific enquiry and the strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge.


Other books by Dean Lomax: Prehistorci Pets (Book of the year 2021 shortlist!) and Dinosaurs: 10 Things You Should Know


Format: PaperbackISBN: 9780231197281
Author: Dean LomaxIllustrated by Bob Nicholls

Additional information

Weight0.7 kg
Dimensions23.5 × 15.88 × 2.54 cm

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Price Range

£6.00 – £20.00


Columbia University Press


New, Primary, Secondary


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