A wonderful book entitled Dinosaur Eggs Discover! Unscrambling the Clues (Twenty-First Century Books, 2007) won the 2008 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.
This excellent book by three vertebrate paleontologists starts with an amazing find—a field of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Argentina. Dr. Lowell Dingus, Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, and Dr. Rodolfo Coria led the expedition that discovered the dinosaur nesting ground. Dr. Dingus, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, was the head geologist on the team. In the book the authors proceed to explain how they were able to answer fundamental questions about their discovery, including: “Who laid the eggs?” “When were the eggs laid?” “Were the eggs laid in nests?” “What catastrophe killed the embryos?” The book is full of interesting facts, but also presents an entertaining story of a scientific expedition.
One of the authors, Dr. Lowell Dingus, joined us in Boston last year for the AAAS Annual Meeting. There he accepted the SB&F Prize on behalf of the book, signed copies of the book, and took time to chat with local children about what it’s like to be a research geologist. SB&F’s editor-in-chief, Maria Sosa, also interviewed Dr. Dingus about the book and the excitement surrounding his team’s discovery. Dr. Dingus retells the story of that day when his team stumbled upon a field of dinosaur eggs in Argentina. It’s a great story! And who better to hear it from than the scientist there that day? Listen to the interview to hear that story and other stories about the life of a fossil hunting geologist. Also, check out the Science Netlinks lesson related to Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! The interview and online lesson are perfect for the science classroom.
The interview is part of AAAS Book Talks. Book Talks is a reoccurring podcast featuring the editors of SB&F talking with children's and young adult science book authors and illustrators about what makes a good science book for children, what inspires them to write about science, and what new projects they are working on.
10 Sep 2009 2:01 PM