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Dinosaur Discovery: Everything You Need to Be a Paleontologist    by Chris McGowan & Erica Lyn Schmidt order for
Dinosaur Discovery
by Chris McGowan
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

As youngsters read this interactive guide they'll not only discover some interesting facts about such dinosaurs as the allosaurus, apatosaurus, archaeopteryx, parasaurolophus and sinosauropteryx, but they'll also find over 25 hands-on experiments and activities.

Besides making a sedimentary rock and replicating a fossil, the reader will find instructions on how to perform a bone strength test to see why some of a pterosaur's bones could bear more weight than others. Other activities will help the child understand weight distribution and why a dinosaur's long tail helped it move around easily, and how a crest on the head of a pteranodon enabled it to fly with ease.

More than just a description of various kinds of dinosaurs with colorful illustrations, Dinosaur Discovery helps the aspiring young scientist not only understand why these ancient creatures were constructed the way they were but also how they managed to survive in a very challenging environment.

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