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Another book for the kids

This looks like another great sciency book for young kids. Ankylosaur Attack (Tales of Prehistoric Life) is aimed at an age level of 4 and up. It should really appeal to the kid already interested in dinosaurs.

The author is Daniel Loxton. He is also  the author and illustrator of Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be which I reviewed in One for the kids. That book is a finalist for Canada’s largest children’s non-fiction prize, the Norma Fleck Award. (Winner to be announced Oct 4, 2011.)

Here is the book description for Ankylosaur Attack:

“This mind-blowing feast for the eye uses photo-realistic, computer-generated images to illustrate what dinosaurs might have looked like in their natural environment. Complementing the extraordinary images is an exciting, scientifically accurate story about a young ankylosaur (a plant-eating, heavy-plated dinosaur) living along the banks of a grassy lake. When he encounters an old ankylosaur, he gently endeavours to make contact, only to be rebuffed. Then a T. rex attacks, and the youngster knows the old dinosaur is in grave danger. Will the T. rex triumph? It looks that way, until the young ankylosaur comes to the rescue, tail club swinging. Ankylosaur Attack is book one in the Tales of Prehistoric Life series. Dramatic stories + eyepopping visuals = a surefire hit with young dinosaur lovers.”

Publication date is September 1, 2011.

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Chemistry for kids

In my day it was Tom Lehrer and his song “The Elements.” It always struck me as a humourous way of remembering the name of the chemical elements – when you didn’t have a periodic table handy.

Gareth, from Hot Topic, has passed on a modern song “Meet the elements” from the new They Might Be Giants kids’ album, Here Comes Science (see video below). Coincidentally, Damian is also recommending it on his blog And Slaters Go Plop

Sounds like the album will be great or kids – especially with Christmas coming up.


Another song from the album: “I Am A Paleontologist”

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Transitional fossils

Creationists have an obsession with, and tell a lot of lies about, transitional fossils. Like their claim that none have been found.

If you believe their story – have a look at the latest issue of “Evolution: Education and Outreach“. It’s a special issue on transitional fossils. It has 21 articles, including titles like:

Understanding Natural Selection: Essential Concepts and Common Misconceptions by T. Ryan Gregory
The Evolutionary Emergence of Vertebrates From Among Their Spineless Relatives by Philip C. J. Donoghue and Mark A. Purnell
The Fish–Tetrapod Transition: New Fossils and Interpretations by Jennifer A. Clack
Evolutionary Transitions Among Dinosaurs: Examples from the Jurassic of China by James M. Clark and Xing Xu
Downsized Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary Transition to Modern Birds by Luis M. Chiappe
From Land to Water: the Origin of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises by J. G. M. Thewissen, Lisa Noelle Cooper, John C. George and Sunil Bajpai
Evolutionary Transitions in the Fossil Record of Terrestrial Hoofed Mammals by Donald R. Prothero

There should be enough evidence there for any thoughtful doubters.

Thanks to Why evolution is true


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