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Cave Detectives: Unraveling the Mystery of an Ice Age Cave
     

Cave Detectives: Unraveling the Mystery of an Ice Age Cave

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by David L. Harrison
 

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What was life like millions of years ago? The answer lies deep underground, in a place once home to a ferocious predator much larger than most animals walking around today. Through photographs and detailed illustrations, readers will learn how the secrets buried in a midwestern hillside helped scientists understand early life on Earth. This book's simple but

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What was life like millions of years ago? The answer lies deep underground, in a place once home to a ferocious predator much larger than most animals walking around today. Through photographs and detailed illustrations, readers will learn how the secrets buried in a midwestern hillside helped scientists understand early life on Earth. This book's simple but informative format allows readers to follow along as paleontologist Matt Forir and his team of experts unravel a prehistoric mystery.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Deep within a cave, a solitary short-faced bear follows a stream as he tracks and catches his prey, a snorting peccary. Fifty thousand years later, workers constructing a road uncover the mouth of the cave. Carefully placed explosives open up the cave, which is an incredible find for geologists and paleontologists. Within are found amazing stalagmites and stalactites, fossils from the short-faced bear, snake bones, pollen from ice age tress, tracks of peccaries that are thousands of years old, and the remains of the riverbed. Claw marks from a saber-toothed tiger are as fresh looking as the day they were made. This fascinating account of the oldest of North America's ice age caves (830, 000 years) reads like an engaging mystery story. The original art, amazing photos, and watercolor illustrations enhance dramatic descriptions. From the cover that resembles a notebook to the lined pages within that look like paper torn from the scientist's notebook with photos and drawings taped to them, the book is handsomely designed. The only drawback is the very tiny print that may be off-putting to some. Thoroughly engaging, this will have great appeal to budding scientists and anyone who likes a good mystery.
Kirkus Reviews
The author's strenuous efforts to pump up the excitement aren't particularly successful, but there's enough intrinsic drama to carry readers along in this account of the discovery and early exploration of Missouri's Riverbluff Cave, the oldest found so far in this country with fossil remains. Found by a road-building crew in 2001, the cave has yielded not only spectacular mineral formations, but tracks and claw marks in soft clay that have been dated to more than 50,000 years in the past, and fossils more than ten times older. Unfortunately, there is no map to go with Harrison's piecemeal description of scientists' ventures into the cave; he only refers obliquely to how various methods of dating are done; and the accompanying illustrations mix stiffly artificial painted reconstructions with amateurish color photos that aren't always captioned and seldom allow viewers to judge the size of what they're seeing. Over-designed, under-detailed and without even a mention of the cave's extensive official website, this may excite curiosity about the Riverbluff finds, but isn't likely to satisfy it. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452135533
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

David L. Harrison holds a bachelor's degree in zoology, and a master's degree in parasitology, the study of parasites. He even has a 300 year old fossil named after him. This is his third book on the subject of caves, his lifelong love. He lives in Missouri.

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