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In this unique book, Jake will tell you all about his own collection and introduce you to his bones, including: Oscar the hedgehog, Vulpy the fox and Wilma the deer. He'll take you round the world to see the biggest, smallest and most amazing bones on the planet, and he'll travel back in time to look at dinosaurs - the most incredible bones of all. Plus, Jake will teach you how to be a bone detective and share with you all the surprising things that animal bones can tell us.
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About the author Jake McGowan-Lowe is 12 years old and lives in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. He began collecting bones on walks with his father when he was six and started blogging about his finds in 2007 when he was seven. Jake's collection of skeletons and bones now runs into the thousands and he has more than 200 skulls from around the world. Over the years he has been collecting, Jake's knowledge has grown and he is quickly becoming the youngest expert in his field. A keen naturalist, he not only studies animal anatomy and behaviour through the medium of bones but watches wildlife near his home. He has appeared on BBC TV and regularly features in the local and international press. As a blogger Jake has a large international online following with visitors from 169 countries. About the consultant Paolo Viscardi is a Natural History Curator at the Horniman Museum in Southeast London where he is responsible for the care and research of bone, rock and fossil collections. He blogs about bones and helps run an online biology Q&A site called Ask A Biologist. He organises and hosts science communication events and regularly lectures to a variety of audiences on topics ranging from Darwin to Mermaids.From School Library Journal:
Gr 3–5—McGowan-Lowe, a 12-year-old who has been collecting bones since he was 6 and blogging since 7, offers up a solid selection that should inspire budding archaeologists. He presents mind-boggling information, accompanied by beautiful, detailed color images and comical sketches that will intrigue and captivate. Each spread contains a different topic ("What Are Bones?" or "How to Recognize a Bone") as well as content on the bones of specific animals, from the tiny (a hedgehog) to the gigantic (a triceratops). Novice bone collectors will also learn what to take into the field with them, how to identify various bones, and how to determine the age of an animal when it died. An excellent addition to the science curriculum.—Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY
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