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The Skull in the Rock

How A Scientist, A Boy, and Google Earth Opened A New Window on Human Origins
Aronson, Marc (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Chronicles the story behind one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all time, explaining its significance for understanding human evolution and how it is shaping the thinking of the scientific community.
Authors: Aronson, Marc
Title: The skull in the rock
how a scientist, a boy, and Google Earth opened a new window on human origins
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2012.
Characteristics: 64 p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Summary: Chronicles the story behind one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all time, explaining its significance for understanding human evolution and how it is shaping the thinking of the scientific community.
Local Note: 15 29 53 60 61 67 71 73 74 76 80 118 133 143 188 193 198 210 211 224 226 228 231 242
Additional Contributors: Berger, Lee R.
ISBN: 1426310536
Statement of Responsibility: by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Fossil hominids South Africa Witwatersrand Region. Human beings Origin. Evolution South Africa Witwatersrand Region. Excavations (Archaeology) South Africa Witwatersrand Region. Paleoanthropology. Berger, Lee R.
Topical Term: Fossil hominids
Human beings
Evolution
Excavations (Archaeology)
Paleoanthropology.
LCCN: 2012012943
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"Can you imagine what it would be like to discover a previously unknown species? This fascinating and abundantly illustrated book tells the story of how 9-year-old Matthew Berger - with the help of his scientist dad and Google Earth - did exactly that. Describing not only this very important discovery of a pair of two-million-year-old fossils of an adult female and young male, known as Australopithecus sediba, but also telling a bit of Matthew's dad's life story and how he became a paleoanthropologist, this book is a must-read for science buffs." January 2013 Kids' Books Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=594050

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Oct 26, 2013
  • KristiBernard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Imagine being a nine-year-old who gets to hunt for fossils in Africa. Most kids would think that would be the coolest thing on the planet. Matthew Berger is the lucky kid who gets to hang out with his dad and scientist Professor Lee Berger. Matthew and his dad were in Johannesburg, South Africa. The area they look for fossils is known as the Cradle of Humankind because important fossils have been found in the past in this area. Matthew discovered a clavicle, a bone that is part of the shoulder. Colorful real life photos demonstrate how small this bone can be and how keen Matthew's eye for finding fossils must be.

Young readers can learn how to look for and detect fossils. The history of Professor Lee's fossil finds along with photographs on site will engage students and teachers. Famous fossils such as the Taung Child, a new genus and species named by Lee, are among the pages with images. Lee uses Google Earth to get a closer look and detects areas of potential observation he may have missed. Young readers will travel along with Professor Lee as he explores and explains all the interesting facts, places and fossils he discovers. Important finds that change the history and what we may think about in terms of evolution are on these pages with proof and stunning photography.

This book is a must have for any home or classroom. If you have trouble getting your boys to read this is a great start and will more than likely peek their curiosity. The back of the book has a plethora of resources to get little fossil hunters wanting to learn more.

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