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Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaur Discovery

Everything You Need to Be a Paleontologist

Illustrated by: Erica Lyn Schmidt
For Ages: 7 - 11
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Dinosaurs like you've never seen them before—in a book packed with more than 25 hands-on experiments.

What do dinosaurs look like from the inside out? Take a journey with renowned paleontologist Chris McGowan as he examines species from Allosaurus to T. Rex! Along with each creature are experiments that kids can do on their own to make sedimentary rock, replicate a fossil, and uncover how we know what we know about dinosaurs, even though they've been extinct for millions of years. More than twenty-five hands-on experiments include Breaking Bones, which uses chicken bones to see how fossils were preserved; creating a replica of a feathered Archaeopteryx fossil; and using a turkey neck to dissect a Brachiosaurus' bone structure. You'll be a paleontologist in no time!
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416947646 | 
  • June 2011 | 
  • Grades 2 - 6
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About the Author

Chris McGowan
Photograph by Liz McGowan

Chris McGowan

Chris McGowan is retired as the curator in the dinosaur department of Canada's Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. An esteemed paleontologist and former professor of zoology at the University of Toronto, veteran of dinosaur digs around the world, and the author of several other books for young audiences, Chris lives in Toronto.

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