Outside and Inside Dinosaurs

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What did dinosaurs sound like? How did they feel to the touch? What sorts of things did they eat?
Explore these questions and more in this remarkable and cutting-edge introduction to the giants of bygone days. Learn about dinosaurs on the outside — their skin, horns, and claws — and on the inside — their teeth, brains, and bones. Uncover what scientists already know about these ancient creatures, as well as the new technologies they are using to learn even more. Extraordinary ...

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Overview

What did dinosaurs sound like? How did they feel to the touch? What sorts of things did they eat?
Explore these questions and more in this remarkable and cutting-edge introduction to the giants of bygone days. Learn about dinosaurs on the outside — their skin, horns, and claws — and on the inside — their teeth, brains, and bones. Uncover what scientists already know about these ancient creatures, as well as the new technologies they are using to learn even more. Extraordinary full-color photographs, lively text, and vivid descriptions make this a must-have for dinosaur enthusiasts and budding scientists alike. Curious young readers will delight in this close look at dinosaurs — from the inside out!

Describes the inner and outer workings of dinosaurs, discussing what has been learned about their anatomy, diet, and behavior from fossils.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What did dinosaurs look like when they were alive? How did their bodies move? How did they behave? Since the last living dinosaur died millions of years ago, there is only one way to get these answers—through the study of fossils, which are the hardened remains of dinosaur bones, skin, eggs, droppings and footprints. The author takes a well-researched, in-depth look at how fossils help scientists discover more about the animals that inhabited Earth before the dawn of written history, and how modern technology enables us to retrieve more information than ever from the fossils we find. High-quality, full color photos illustrate the user-friendly text. As author of over four dozen nonfiction books for children and a former elementary school teacher, Markle knows how to communicate in an engaging, clear manner. Includes a glossary/index as well as a listing of museums and national parks where kids can see dinosaur fossils for themselves. 2000, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Excellent, large color photos march hand in hand with Markle's readable, informative text, showing how paleontologists examine fossil finds with cutting-edge technologies to discover more about the physiology and lifestyles of animals who vanished some 65-million years ago. From examining traces of nesting materials to estimating the strength of T. rex's mighty jaws, from the possibility that some species had feathers to the probability that others used gizzard stones, the author escorts readers through the complexities of facts, theories, and hypotheses formulated by scientists. The open format is attractive, and the topic a sure hit. Guaranteed to delight dinophiles (who are always seeking new grist for their insatiable mills), this handsome, enlightening addition will gather no dust on library shelves.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In her most challenging outside/inside yet, Markle looks at how scientists use technology to develop theories and answer questions about the dinosaurs: what they looked like, how they lived, why they raised their young. This is science-writing and -reporting at its best—especially combined as it is here with many outstanding full-color photographs that extend and amplify the topics discussed. Markle often begins with a question: for example, "Did Apatosaurus' really long neck let it munch leaves in treetops?" She then describes and shows how scientists developed a computer simulation program called "Dynomorph," which concludes that the neck bones probably locked if the dinosaur lifted its head higher than its back. Which probably means old Apat didn't reach the treetops to browse like a modern giraffe, but merely swung his six-story neck from side to side. Did dinosaurs have feathers? Were they warm-blooded? Did they take care of their young? Eat meat or plants? Fly? Photographs show dinosaur eggs and embryos, a dinosaur intestine, the inside of a fossilized dinosaur bone, a microscopic view of two different dinosaur droppings, and lots more. Dinosaur fans will find the text an invitation to research and a model for further inquiry. Markle concludes with a challenge: "Maybe some day you'll find new clues or develop new ways to use technology to solve the final mysteries of what dinosaurs were like—inside and out!" Outstanding. (glossary, index, other sites for study) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857782
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Outside Inside Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Sandra Markle is the author of more than four dozen nonfiction books for children. She is a former elementary science teacher who travels frequently to school systems throughout the United States. Ms. Markle works with both students and teachers, helping them to discover the special fun of investigating science concepts and tackling problem-solving situations. She helped produce timely specials at CNN, a special series of classroom materials published by the Children's Television Workshop, and columns for Parenting and Creative Classrooms magazines. Most recently she led the development of Kit & Kaboodle (wwwkitkaboodle.org), a program of highly interactive curriculum materials delivered via the Internet. She has traveled widely to conduct research for her books, and has transmitted journal reports from the South Pole and from an icebreaker off the coast of Antarctica.

Ms. Markle's home base is in Atlanta, Georgia.

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