Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane

Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane

by Judith Williams
     
 

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Digging in the badlands of Montana, scientists and volunteers from the Burpee Museum of Natural History have spent weeks hunting for fossils. On their last day of prospecting they make a great find: the toe bone of a meat-eating dinosaur! Could it be a Tyrannosaurus rex? Go along on this exciting adventure-from the dig site to the creation and opening of the museum…  See more details below

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Digging in the badlands of Montana, scientists and volunteers from the Burpee Museum of Natural History have spent weeks hunting for fossils. On their last day of prospecting they make a great find: the toe bone of a meat-eating dinosaur! Could it be a Tyrannosaurus rex? Go along on this exciting adventure-from the dig site to the creation and opening of the museum exhibit, "Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur." Packed with photographs from the expedition and new museum exhibit, this true science adventure gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a new scientific discovery.

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Children's Literature - Jamaica Johnson Conner
In the science fiction movie Jurassic Park, dinosaurs and humans roam and inhabit the same island. Sadly, the experimental amusement park and many of the humans do not survive the native instincts of the fierce creatures that take over the island. Movie goers, entranced by the possibilities and suspense presented in Jurassic Park, wanted more, and two sequels followed this film, dragging dinosaurs to the forefront of the box office time and time again. As thrilling as these stories are, however, fictional accounts of dinosaurs pale in comparison to the reality that these extraordinary creatures truly did roam the earth. In this title, Williams details the journey of paleontologists to the hillsides of Montana, where they find a rare treasure—the skeleton of a young, female tyrannosaurus rex that they name Jane. Williams also shares the methods and tools used to resurrect the skeleton from the hillside in order to transfer it to a museum, where it must be treated with care and prepared for study and exhibition. For children in the sixth grade who love reading about dinosaurs (or even watching Jurassic Park), this book is the perfect match, providing full-color graphics and photographs, colorful pages, a table of contents, an index, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading, while documenting a real-life adventure involving the unearthing of a real dinosaur's skeleton.
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Gr 5-7
The 2001 discovery of a fossilized dinosaur skeleton in Montana's Hell Creek Formation posed several questions: What kind of dinosaur was it? How did it die? How much of the skeleton remained? And, how could it be disinterred from about 15 feet of rock overburden? Williams carefully reports the entire event, from discovery through excavation and preparation to exhibition at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL. Small color photos and artwork, simple diagrams, and a map help readers to visualize the complex process. A gentle paleontologic procedural, Jane holds a middle ground between T. V. Padma's simpler The Albertosaurus Mystery (Bearport, 2006) and Pat Relf's handsome (but more complex) A Dinosaur Named Sue (Scholastic, 2000). An enjoyable expedition for budding paleontologists.
—Patricia ManningCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766027305
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Prime (Elementary) Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
806,631
Product dimensions:
7.74(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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