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Dinosaur Ghosts; Velocirapor skeleton model



I picked up these two items of interest to educators at a Border's
bookstore:

_Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis_. by J. Lynett Gillette
(author) and Douglas Henderson (painter). Dial Books for Young Readers:
New York, 1997. ISBN 0-8037-1721-0. Price: 15.99
    This is a very nicely done book about the Coelophysis discovery at
Ghost Ranch. There are photographs (in color) of Edwin Colbert and his
team. The paintings by Doug Henderson are, as always, outstanding. Ms.
Gillette discusses a variety of scenarios that might account for the mass
burial of these Triassic dinosaurs, leading the reader to "examine" and
weigh the evidence for each scenario until finally the most likely
explanation is arrived at. All in all, this is a welcome addition to any
library collection for young people.

    The other item is "Velociraptor," the 6th in the series of dinosaur
skeleton reconstructions put out by Andrews and McMeel. (The other five
are: Leptoceratops; Tyrannosaurus rex; Brachiosaurus; Stegosaurus; and
Triceratops.)
    These skeletal reconstructions can be assembled by children 5 and
above just by snapping the pieces together; no glue required. This
particular model is a striding Velociraptor. What I like about this one
(compared to the other 5) is that when finished, the skeleton is mounted
on a base, which permits the tail to be extended well above the "ground".
(In the other 5 of this series, the tail touches--but does not drag
on--the ground, possibly to provide extra support since there is no base.)
    There is an accompanying booklet written "by Jennifer Glossop with
Dale Russell; illustrated by Ely Kish." A size comparison illustration of
Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, and a child shows an unusually upright
Tyrannosaurus, but otherwise the booklet is a useful description of the
creature. The cost of the plastic model is $12.95. It can be assembled in
mere minutes.
    The Jurassic and Cretaceous periods are well represented in this
series. What we need now is a Plateosaurus, a Coelophysis, and maybe
Herrerasaurus to represent the Triassic. Then we can get some colored
sand, an aquarium, and bury fragments of the un-assembled replicas so that
primary grade students can simulate unearthing different remains from
different strata and identifying them based on the "age" of the rocks...

----- Amado Narvaez