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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.


Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Dewey: 560


Library Bound: $28.50 (List) /$19.95 (S/L)

Paperback: $9.95

Multiuser Hosted eBook: $24.95


Booklist, March 15, 2018


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. —Carolyn Phelan

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