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Finding Out About Dinosaurs

Finding Out About Dinosaurs

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by Elin Kelsey

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Finding Out About Dinosaurs, the second book in the Science Explorers series, takes a fresh look at some of the most mysterious and popular creatures to ever walk the earth.

What makes dinosaurs harder to study than any other animal in the world? For one thing, they've been extinct for millions of years. No one has ever seen a living dinosaur.


Finding Out About Dinosaurs, the second book in the Science Explorers series, takes a fresh look at some of the most mysterious and popular creatures to ever walk the earth.

What makes dinosaurs harder to study than any other animal in the world? For one thing, they've been extinct for millions of years. No one has ever seen a living dinosaur. Every picture, model and computer graphic of a dinosaur is based on how scientists think these animals would have looked, sounded and acted. As these perceptions are constantly changing, scientists find more and different ways to study these fascinating creatures. From the eggs they laid, to their dung and other fossilized remains, dinosaurs have left a trail of evidence that tells us how they lived, what they ate, how they took care of their babies and even how they died.

Full of intriguing facts, photographs and illustrations Finding Out About Dinosaurs is an entertaining and information-packed guide to the ever-expanding world of the "terrible lizard." Each chapter opens with a dinosaur profile, including Sauropods, Hadrosaurs, Ceratopsians, Coelurosaurs and Tyrannosaurs. Young readers will learn how dinosaur bones are discovered, what secrets dinosaur dung can reveal, how new species are identified as well as how dinosaur groups spread from one part of the globe to another. Author Elin Kelsey profiles researchers who are using exciting new approaches to learn more about this incredibly diverse group of animals.

Editorial Reviews

Patricia Manning
An interesting read ... sure to be popular and inspire young wanna-bes.
School Library Journal, October 2000
Susan Dove Lempke
Well worth adding to the collection ... This is an excellent choice for grade-school dinosaur lovers.
— (Booklist, December 1, 2000)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Working from a group of basic inquiries (e.g., "What proof do we have that they lived?" or "Is that dinosaur `poop'?"), Kelsey weaves together answers and details about the work of eight paleontologists into an interesting read. Sure to attract youngsters with its question-and-answer format, numerous color photos and illustrations, profile boxes, and data balloons, this approachable title provides an informative look at some of the current work being done in the field, and also makes a nice introduction for dino-phile neophytes. Photos of the paleontologists, three of whom are women, are included, along with brief paragraphs describing how they became interested in their particular area of research. This offering is sure to be popular, and will perhaps inspire young wanna-bes who suddenly envision themselves accompanying Steve Cumbaa as he discovers a reef of giant clam fossils in the heart of Kansas or Cathy Forster hunting fossils on the island of Madagascar.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Childrens Book Watch
Part of the Owl Books' "Science Explorers Series", Finding Out About Dinosaurs is a splendid, glowingly recommended introduction for young readers ages 8 to 12 to the science of paleontology with respect to excavating and reconstructing dinosaur bones. The thoroughly "kid friend" and informative text is handsomely illustrated throughout with full color photography and drawings. Kids will learn how the dimensions of a dinosaur are measured, how scientists piece together the appearance of a dinosaur's face, how a number of prominent scientists in this specialized field got their start, and much more.
—Childrens Book Watch
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 1-895688-98-1 Recent dinosaur discoveries, speculations, and continuing questions are explored in this title in the Science Explorers series from Owl Magazine, intended for older dinosaur buffs. Did dinosaurs have feathers? What did baby dinosaurs look like? What kind of dinosaur made that coprolite "poop?" Each topic is introduced in a double-page spread, with text and half a dozen photographs and drawings. Photographs show working scientists on digs and in the laboratory, as well as images produced by the high-tech equipment like electron microprobes used to map the chemical components of dinosaur coprolites. The juxtaposition of fossil photographs, and artist interpretations, for example, the mother Maiasaura tending her babies, may prove jarring to adult viewers, but children raised on computer simulations and movies like Jurassic Park, will take them in stride. In addition to dinosaurs, the title introduces half a dozen working scientists with quotes, thumbnail biographies, and photos. An intriguing additional purchase, which will appeal to dinosaur enthusiasts. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Product Details

Maple Tree Press
Publication date:
Science Explorers Series
Product dimensions:
10.52(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elin Kelsey is a writer and internationally respected scientist. A frequent contributor to "Owl" magazine, Elin has managed the educational program for both the Vancouver Aquarium and Canadian Museum of Nature. When she's not leading international eco-tours, Elin lives in Monterey, California.

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Finding Out About Dinosaurs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading, 'Finding Out About Dinosaurs' by Elin Kelsey. The book is a short, easy read and very informative. The cover shows paleontologists on a dig putting a plaster cast around a dinosaur fossil to safely transport it. Pointed out in the book are little know facts about dinosaurs and the meticulous work and long time it takes to assemble knowledge about these creatures of long ago. Also in the book are pictures of dinosaur 'poop' which tells much about the flora and fauna,etc of 65 million plus years ago. Practically every page has a picture or illustration and side-bar which brings to life the dinosaurs and explains clearly what is taking place. On page 11 is a photo of the now famous Tyrannosaurus rex named 'Sue'. Page 35 shows a fossillized feather. Could that be the feather of a dinosaur? After reading this book one comes away knowing much more about those creatures of yesteryear and the researchers trying to fit the many pieces of the puzzles together. I recommend this book highly. Thank you...Don Bieber