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How Dinosaurs Took Flight: The Fossils, the Science, What We Think We Know, and the Mysteries Yet Unsolvedby Christopher Sloan
Synopses & Reviews
Much has happened in paleontology since the Children's Book Division published Feathered Dinosaurs in 2000. Feathers for T. Rex a completely new book for our dino fans and will introduce many new prehistoric animals to them. Among the most exciting is the first-ever discovery of tyrannosaurs with feathers. It is this discovery which suggests that even the most fierce dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, was feathery. Readers will also learn about a gliding dinosaur that had four wings and another one fossilized with its head tucked under its arm just like a bird. Feathers for T. Rex will explore tough new questions that scientists are trying to answer right now, such as, "How, when, and why did feathers first appear?" and "How did flight evolve in dinosaurs?" This book will be the most up-to-date and authoritative child-oriented account of how dinosaurs got their feathers available.
How did dinosaurs get feathers? How did they start flying? What use were feathers to dinosaurs that didn't fly? Chris Sloan's 2000 book Feathered Dinosaurs introduced kids to the radical idea that some dinosaurs had feathers and that birds are, in fact, a subset of dinosaurs. In How Dinosaurs Took Flight, Sloan returns to these ancient feathered creatures to introduce kids to the fascinating new finds—including a Tyrannosaur with feathers and a dinosaur with not just two but four wings. The author focuses on the tough new questions scientists are asking right now, the evidence they've gathered, the hypotheses that are developing from the evidence, and the unknowns that remain. This book will be the most up-to-date children's book on this topic on the market.
About the Author
Christopher Sloan is the illustrations director for the National Geographic Magazine and also the magazine's specialist in paleontology and paleoanthropology. He has written articles for the magazine, including one entitled 'Feathers for T. rex,' and several award-winning children's books published by the National Geographic Society. Sloan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Portia, a paleontological illustrator.
Reviews for Feathered Dinosaurs:
This exciting title combines an accurate, readable text and excellent drawings, photos, and diagrams to trace the development of feathers and other avian characteristics from dinosaurs to birds. - Starred Review School Library Journal
After poring over this fascinating volume it will be impossible to look at birds the same way again¿. Author Sloan puts all the facts together in a way that is engaging, accessible, and intriguing enough to get readers hooked on nonfiction. -ALA Booklist
Reviews for SuperCroc:
Well written, colorfully illustrated, and with an eye-catching cover, this high-interest title will be devoured by paleo-predatorphiles. - Starred Review School Library Journal
Reviews for Bury the Dead:
Kids will find it hard to resist picking up a book with words like corpses and skel etons in the title. And this one doesn't disappoint¿. This has the ring of authority and the look of quality. - Starred Review ALA Booklist
Crisp, full color photos of grinning skulls, bones resting side by side with priceless treasures are eerie, haunting, and a tremendous draw for the curious. Well researched, intelligently written, with the most complex ideas made kid-understandable, this is quality non-fiction. -Children's Literature
Reviews for Human Story:
This excellent look at human development goes beyond the basic facts to examine the methods scientists use to learn about our past, the varied theories that have arisen from their work, and the historical and modern implications of evolution¿. a top choice on a needed topic. - Starred Review School Library Journal
Casual in tone and beautiful in design, with clear color photos, diagrams, and paintings on every page, the large volume is as inviting as a glossy magazine article--but it is no quick read. The science is intense, both the fascinating facts and the theories of paleoanthropology, including how natural selection works, how the body changed and became bipedal, and what recent findings show about where humans started and how they spread across the world. What many high-school readers will find most exciting is how today's cutting-edge technology helps us learn about the prehistoric connections all humans share. Great for classroom discussion. -ALA Booklist
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