THE PUZZLE OF THE DINOSAUR-BIRD by Miriam Schlein

THE PUZZLE OF THE DINOSAUR-BIRD

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Schlein (More Than One, p. 1047, etc.), subtitling this ``The Story of Archaeopteryx,'' tells how in 1861 the fossil remains of an unusual Jurassic-era creature were found in Germany. The skeleton resembled that of a very small dinosaur but the outline of feathers that covered its body remained in the stone, indicating that it was a bird. The classification of the creature--as a bird (that looked like a dinosaur), or a mammal (that looked like a bird)--has been hotly debated to this day. The book further discusses possible ancestors of archaeopteryx--pterosaurs, small dinosaurs, small reptiles, coelosaurs (``hollow-tailed reptiles''), or other primordial birds--that would aid in the classification process. Despite the lack of answers, readers will relish the mystery; Hallett's excellent drawings and diagrams clarify and add interest to an already informative and challenging book. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8037-1282-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1996




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