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The tiniest giants : discovering dinosaur eggs
Dingus, Lowell.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Random House, [1999]

Physical Description:
42 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 22 x 29 cm
Describes the efforts of paleontologists to arrange an expedition to search for dinosaur fossils in the inhospitable region of southern South America know as Patagonia.
General Note:
"A Doubleday book for young readers."
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 48965.
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QE862.D5 D49285 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QE862.D5 D49285 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In 1997, paleontologists in Patagonia made a startling discovery. While looking for the remains of ancient birds, they stumbled across something amazing: a dinosaur nesting ground. Eggs littered the ground as far as the eve could see. As they looked closer, they found something even more amazing; something no one had ever found before. Inside one of the eggs was fossilized embryonic dinosaur skin. Inside another egg was a baby dinosaur -- a sauropod, the largest dinosaurs ever to walk the earth. Both of these finds are firsts in the field, and they are changing what is known about what these giant creatures looked like, how they raised their young, and how they grew.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. It was a paleontologist's "field of dreams," a vast nesting ground containing thousands of fossilized dinosaur eggs, some with fragmentary embryos still inside. Two of its discoverers chronicle their 1997 expedition to Patagonia and subsequent lab work, describing what they found, how they went about finding it, and what its significance is. Rather than hyperdramatic paintings of dinosaurs on the attack, the illustrations mix small photos, not all in color, with charts and rather staid artist's representations, all of which impart more information than dazzle. Sidebar essays cover such topics as radioactive dating and the scope of geologic time; back matter includes a glossary and a brief bibliography--though no URLs. The authors write with infectious enthusiasm, and even readers whose interest in dinosaurs is only casual will be amazed by the size and importance of the find. --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8When Luis Chiappe and Lowell Dingus set off for Patagonia in 1997, they were hoping to find the remains of ancient birds and the small meat-eating (theropod) dinosaurs that are closely related to them. What they found in this remote area was an enormous dinosaur nesting site with hundreds of eggs. Preserved inside a few of the eggs were the first fossilized bones and skin of sauropod embryos ever found. The authors detail the importance of this amazing discovery and the answers it provided about these creatures. However, many questions remain and these are addressed as well. Color photos of the expedition, although small, help transport readers to the dry badlands of Argentina, and numerous charts and sidebars explain concepts like radioactive dating and geological time scale. A wonderful treasure for armchair paleontologists.Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.