The Skull in the Rock
how a scientist, a boy, and Google Earth opened a new window on human origins
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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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