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Dinomummy: The Life, Death, and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek Hardcover – 4 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Ill edition (4 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753460475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753460474
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 1.5 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Phil Lars Manning is a lecturer in palaeontology and a reseach fellow at the University of Manchester. He has appeared in, and consulted for, numerous TV programmes, and he presents public lectures and exhibitions at schools, colleges and science festivals around the world. He writes regularly for academic journals and the media. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Lucas on 25 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever picked up a fossil and dreamt of "lost worlds and forgotten lives"? If so, the author of this fascinating book has dedicated it to you. Inspired by Tyler Lyson's discovery of a well-preserved dinosaur from the flood plains of prehistoric North America, the author uses his scientific knowledge and his imagination to tell the story of the life and death of "Dakota, a dinosaur from Hell's Creek". But another story is told as well: we learn about how the dinomummy was found and how the discovery revealed fossilised soft tissue as well as fossilised bones. This meant that an exciting impression of what the creature looked like in real life could be created. While this book is an interesting read for anyone, the emphasis on enquiry and scientific problem-solving feeds beautifully into key stage 2 science lessons. Some children would be able to read this demanding book on their own but many would benefit from a teacher reading to the class aloud. The riveting written text and the excellent photographs and annotated diagrams will captivate children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan 2008
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At the age of sixteen, Tyler Lyson made one of perhaps the most amazing discoveries when it comes to dinosaurs: a highly intact and detailed dinomummy. Not just a fossil as many discoveries of dinosaurs are, this one came complete with actual dinosaur skin and possible organs! Although he had always been fascinated with dinosaurs, Tyler hardly knew at the age of six, when he discovered the fossilized jaw of a duck-billed hadrosaur along with his brother, that one day his persistence and dedication would lead to such an amazing find.

Tyler Lyson grew up in Marmarth, South Dakota, and spent a large amount of his time exploring the grounds of Hell Creek, a remote, huge area of badlands not far from where he lived. At sixteen, he discovered the dinomummy, who was eventually named "Dakota" for the state where it was found. He contacted Dr. Phillip Lars Manning, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the real fun -- and work -- began.

Together with a large group of scientists from numerous fields and eager volunteers, Tyler and Dr. Manning set about uncovering this enormous and amazing dinomummy. We can follow their journey from head to tail through stunning full-color photographs included within the pages of DINOMUMMY. Dr. Manning also describes the techniques and equipment used to unearth, protect, and transport Dakota back to his lab for further study.

For anyone who loves dinosaurs, DINOMUMMY is a must-read! This is a fascinating look into a truly important discovery, and its easy-to-read language and helpful illustrations and captions make it perfect for even the youngest reader.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A good read! 8 Jan 2008
By Hallett Luscombe - Published on
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My 9 year old granddaughter, interested in dinosaurs since she could walk, received Dinomummy for Xmas. Our Santa handed it out---about the 3rd present she received. When she opened it, we lost her! She read the entire book as fast as she could, loved it and lost interest in other presents for a while. The pictures are stunning, as is indicated just looking at the cover. Wonderful book. Hallett Luscombe
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
8 yr. old sons book. 12 Jan 2008
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My son loves this book. He carried it around on Christmas day like a trophy,and read it to his siblings right away. Now he wants the adult version to learn more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dinomummy 2 July 2010
By Isabelle Jolly - Published on
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This is a wonderful non-fiction book! Any child, (or adult for that matter,) interested in dinosaurs will find it amazing and full of information.

A Hadrosaur, with nearly complete skin and soft tissue, was discovered in Hell Creek, North Dakota by a 16 year old who'd been fascinated with dinosaurs since he was 6. After he realized what he had found, he wrote an e-mail describing his discovery and including a picture, to Dr Manning, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in the U.K.! An army of specialists soon surrounded the site. The book has pictures and descriptions of the recovery and moving of the mummy, and the results of the studies.

At the end of the book, there are pages showing the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretacious dinosaurs, and also drawings and descriptions of the various fossils found at Hell Creek.

It's also a beautiful, imaginativly bound book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My son is really enjoying this book! 3 Jan 2008
By A. Rogers - Published on
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My son is interested in archaeology,and dinosaurs especially, and so is really enjoying this book. It's very well written and illustrated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book 8 Jan 2010
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About half of this book consists of captivating illustrations of dinosaurs and the other half is photographs of the present day process of finding and analyzing fossils. The last few pages contain an illustrated glossary of dinosaurs. Certainly not an exhaustive list, but a nice spread. This book is aimed at young readers, I would guess in the 8-12 range, but even as an adult I find it interesting enough, mainly for the visual aspects. Our 2.5 year-old loves the illustrations and will listen to a "reading" of the book.
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