How Dinosaurs Took Flight: The Fossils, the Science, What We Think We Know, and Mysteries yet Unsolved

How Dinosaurs Took Flight: The Fossils, the Science, What We Think We Know, and Mysteries yet Unsolved

by Christopher Sloan
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
From the Sinornithosaurs leaping across the cover in search of dinner, this book grabs the reader's attention and holds it in fascination for the next sixty-one pages. That birds evolved from dinosaurs is now very much accepted, and Sloan expands upon what has been learned about bone structure, feathers, likely ancestors, and how dinosaurs started flying. The respected scientific method of evidence and hypothesis is employed in an attempt to solve some unsolved mysteries; for example, did T-Rex have feathers? The difficult task faced by scientists to accurately portray the dinosaur by trying to reassemble bones often found in a jumble is painstakingly recounted in the discovery of Dilong, an early flying dinosaur. The subject matter is difficult, but skillful writing renders it readable and comprehendible. Excellent photography, clearly labeled drawings, and time lines, in addition to a crisp, clean layout make the book accessible to die-hard dinosaur fans and budding paleontologists. A glossary and an index are appended, but the bibliography may be slightly more scholarly than most students can handle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792274049
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Sloan is Senior Editor for Art at National Geographic magazine, where he guides the work of artists on projects ranging from dinosaurs to the frontiers of space. He is also the magazine's specialist for paleobiology. Sloan is the author of several children's books.

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