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Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar

Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar

Автором Nic Bishop

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Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar

Автором Nic Bishop

4/5 (4 оценки)
75 pages
28 minutes
Mar 25, 2002


The extinction of dinosaurs some sixty-five million years ago is one of the greatest biological catastrophes in the history of our planet. Yet in recent years, paleontologists have turned up increasing evidence that ancestors of one group of dinosaurs still fly among us: birds. Join Cathy Forster, one of the few female paleontologists working today, on an expedition to Madagascar in search of clues to the mystery of bird evolution.
Mar 25, 2002

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Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: nicbishop.com  

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Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs - Nic Bishop


For Cathy and all others who have found their passion and not let go

Copyright © 2000 by Nic Bishop

Map and diagram copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company

All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to trade.permissions@hmhco.com or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.


The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows:

Bishop, Nic.

Digging for bird-dinosaurs : an expedition to Madagascar / Nic Bishop

p. cm.

Summary: The story of Cathy Forster’s experiences as a member of a team of paleontologists who went on an expedition to the island of Madagascar in 1998 to search for fossil birds.

RNF ISBN 0-395-96056-8 PAP ISBN 0-618-19682-X

1. Dinosaurs—Madagascar—Juvenile literature. 2. Birds, Fossil—Madagascar—Juvenile literature. 3. Forster, Cathy—Journeys—Madagascar. [1. Dinosaurs-Madagascar 2.Birds, Fossil-Madagascar. 3. Forster, Cathy. 4. Madagascar.] I. Title.

QE862.D5B525 2000




ISBN 978-0-395-96056-1 hardcover

ISBN 978-0-618-19682-1 paperback

eISBN 978-0-547-35051-6


Cathy picks out two primitive bird-dinosaur bones from a drawer in her lab.

The Mystery of Bird-Dinosaurs

Cathy Forster was three years old when she first discovered dinosaurs. It was Christmas Day. As she opened one of her presents, out fell six of the strangest toy animals she had ever seen. Cathy was hooked even before her dad explained what they were.

Now, as a paleontologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, discovering dinosaurs is Cathy’s job. Her lab is filled with fossils from expeditions all over the world. The benches are covered with tyrannosaur teeth found in Montana, dinosaur skulls excavated in Madagascar, an iguanodontian from South Africa, and crocodile bones from Zimbabwe. Hundreds of other fossil bones are catalogued and carefully stored on shelves or in the cabinets that line the walls.

Cathy was fascinated by dinosaurs as a girl.

photo © John A. Forster

Cathy has loved to explore the outdoors and collect things ever since she was a little girl growing up in West St. Paul, Minnesota. On weekends and after school she would head to Mud Lake with her best friend, Nan. Together they climbed trees, caught turtles, or looked for snakes. I filled my bedroom with things I found on my adventures, she recalls. "I had a butterfly collection, a

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  • (3/5)
    This book is about a paleontologist named Cathy who takes a trip to Madagascar with her team to uncover some new fossils. The fossil that she is after is one of the rarest and hardest ones to find: bird fossils. She is trying to prove that modern birds are desendants of dinosaurs, and new fossils are the key to discovering the missing link that may prove her theory. I wouldn't personally use this book as a read aloud but it may be helpful to older students who are learning to do research on different topics.
  • (5/5)
    Cathy Foster, a paleontologist, takes us on her journey to Madagascar to find evidence of the dinosaurs relationship to birds.
  • (4/5)
    Cathy Forster, a female paleontologist, went to Madagascar, in the Mahajanga province, on an expedition, during which she searched for clues that would tell her what the ancestors of birds look like. This book provides the reader with information about the links between birds and the ancient creatures that once roamed the earth millions of years ago, dinosaurs. Using a process called cladistics, which is a comparison that shows how two animals are related, Cathy and her team proved that primitive birds and a group of theropod dinosaurs were closely related because they both share the same feature, which is is a sickle claw. This book would be very beneficial in the classroom because it very clearly demonstrates the scientific method. Students can very easily follow allow with Forster and her team and they make a series of inferences, and they begin to solve the mystery of what the ancestors of birds would have looked like.
  • (3/5)
    In this book you join Cathy Forster on her expedition where she is searching for pieces to the theory of bird evolution. This book provides pictures and details to give background information on bird-dinosaurs, how to dig for clues, living in the different environment where expedition is taking place, and discoveries made. This is a good book that brings science to life through actual pictures.