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The Puzzle of the Dinosaur-bird: The Stor of Archaeopteryx

Schlein, Miriam

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ISBN 10: 0803712820 / ISBN 13: 9780803712829
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, NY, 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First printing. Mint condition. Jacket protected in Gaylord acid free cover. 40 pages including index. Bookseller Inventory # 002252

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Title: The Puzzle of the Dinosaur-bird: The Stor of...

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Hallett, Mark

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Presents young readers with the true story of one of the most important fossils ever discovered, a creature that looked like a dinosaur but had feathers, exploring various ideas that scientists have had about the Archaeopteryx through the years.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Schlein (More Than One, p. 1047, etc.), subtitling this ``The Story of Archaeopteryx,'' tells how in 1861 the fossil remains of an unusual Jurassic-era creature were found in Germany. The skeleton resembled that of a very small dinosaur but the outline of feathers that covered its body remained in the stone, indicating that it was a bird. The classification of the creature--as a bird (that looked like a dinosaur), or a mammal (that looked like a bird)--has been hotly debated to this day. The book further discusses possible ancestors of archaeopteryx--pterosaurs, small dinosaurs, small reptiles, coelosaurs (``hollow-tailed reptiles''), or other primordial birds--that would aid in the classification process. Despite the lack of answers, readers will relish the mystery; Hallett's excellent drawings and diagrams clarify and add interest to an already informative and challenging book. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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