Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery (book review)

Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery, is by paleontologist Mark Norell. In the book, he writes about the fossil beds of Liaoning, a Chinese province, where large amounts of amazing fossils have been discovered. He also talks about his experiences with the Chinese culture.

Also mentioned in the book are groups, such as BAND (Birds Are Not Dinosaurs), who do not believe that birds are dinosaurs. Norell discusses some of the reasons why birds are now generally considered to be dinosaurs.

I really enjoyed this book. Not surprising, since I've long been interested in both dinosaurs and Chinese culture! It was a fast read, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in paleontology or in China.

I give this book 8 out of 10 stars.

(I'm also very excited that I'm going to see Mark Norell give a presentation in a few weeks. Maybe he'll sign Dad's book!)

The Spring Reading Thing reading challenge: 5 down, 25 to go.


Jean said...

If you're at Dr. Norell's presentation, Annie, then you should be the one to ask him to sign the book even if it belongs to your dad. I bet that Dr. Norell would be very impressed that you read the book as well as very interested in what you thought about it. You might even print out a copy of your review and offer it to him. Most scientists (most adults) would be interested in knowing that their work has an affect on young people, especially when the effect is a positive one.

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