Rebecca E. Hirsch

Book - 2018

Explores how scientists learned about the fossil remains of the flying dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx, which show features of both dinosaurs and birds.

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Finding dinosaurs.
Lake Elmo, MN : Focus Readers [2018]
Physical Description
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 32) and index.
Main Author
Rebecca E. Hirsch (author)
  • Surprise in limestone
  • Feathered fossils
  • Digging deeper. How flight began
  • Late Jurassic life
  • an important link.
Review by Booklist Reviews

In the 1860s and 1870s, scientists disagreed about newly discovered archaeopteryx fossils, which had characteristics of birds (feathers, wings, hollow bones) and of dinosaurs (a bony tail, teeth, claws on its front limbs). Hirsch writes about the evolution of avian dinosaurs, as well as what paleontologists today know about archaeopteryx, a crow-size species, and how they know it. With fairly short sentences, large type, and wide-spaced lines, the clearly written text looks accessible and makes its points succinctly. Sidebars occasionally fill in related facts, while each double-page spread features a single picture illustrating the discussion. These images include several photos of fossils, as well as illustrations of how archaeopteryx may have looked. Part of the new Finding Dinosaurs series (8 titles), this volume offers an attractive overview of archaeopteryx. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores what scientists have uncovered about Archaeopteryx. Colorful photos and illustrations help bring each dinosaur to life as easy-to-read text guides readers through important discoveries about its appearance, diet, and habitat.