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Re: New Chinsamy Children's Book on African Dinos
Thank you for that "arresting cover" title Patti... don't think it
deserved so much though...
Anyway, indeed it was a pleasure to collaborate with Anusuya... she
is a brilliant writer and seems to get well into the trend of
academics producing smart books for children. It is a straightforward
book with more illustrations than text...she used every possible
Gondwana dinosaur that I had in my vaults and at least I got to do
Nqwebasaurus and a couple of inedits more .
It was a very different experience than working with Dr. Holtz and
Random House... But the results are also good.
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On 4 Mar 2008, at 12:25, Patricia Kane-Vanni wrote:
Check out the review on Anusuya Chinsamy's latest triumph, "Famous
of Africa" that is contemporaneous with her new pterodaustro filter-
(I admit I'm prejudiced since she used some of my field photos in
An arresting book cover, and a new take on dinos sure to grab the
Go to the complete review for the Monday Paper of the Univ. of Cape
some more pix & info: http://www.news.uct.ac.za/mondaypaper/?
University of Cape Town - Monday Paper - Latest edition
Volume 27.02 - 3 March 2008
African dinosaurs emerge from the shadow
Prof Anusuya Chinamy-Turan has published a new African dinosaur
children. Featuring 26 of the continent's most famous dinosaurs, it is
published by Struik and will be launched at the SciFest in
Grahamstown on 18
April. It is available in bookshops from 1 March.
Successful machine that it is, the American media may have given T
celebrity status as the most fearsome meat-eating dinosaur to have
the planet, but did you know that the title actually belongs to North
Africa's Carcharodontosaurus (put your teeth in for that one)?
This six-tonner makes Tyrannosaurus, which roamed North America,
look like a
wimp on the prehistoric beastie scale.
Dubbed the shark-toothed lizard of the Sahara, Carcharodontosaurus
biggest known predator of all time. A product of the Late
(97-90 million years ago) this whopper grew up to 13m long. Its
measures 1.6m, and its jaws are lined with 15cm-long teeth. Remains
been found in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Niger.
Something else you probably didn't know: Africa is also home to the
stegosaur ever discovered, Paranthodon, which once lived just
border in the Eastern Cape.
And more recently, Africa got its first dinosaur name with an isiXhosa
click, Nqwebasaurus thwazi.
Nqwebasaurus is the earliest-known coelurosaur from Gondwana, a small
species unearthed in the Kirkwood Formation (Nqweba is the isiXhosa
the Kirkwood region) in the Algoa Basin in 1995.
Information like this seldom reaches the public and for a
like Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, that's not good for science.
Her new children's book, Famous Dinosaurs of Africa, puts African
firmly on the world map - and dispels some of those T Rex myths.
Not that she's interested in one-upmanship.
She wants to introduce African children to their own heritage. Though
African dinosaurs are important to palaeontology, they're often
"I believe that dinosaurs can be a kind of stepping stone into the
A global expert on the microscopic structure of fossil bones,
recently (2005) published an academic contribution to the field, The
Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone, which has received glowing reviews in
several ISI-rated journals - including Nature.
Her children's book is a first for Africa, completed during her six
sabbatical in Turkey, where she also penned five scientific papers,
chapter for a book.
South Africa's first dinosaur bones were unearthed in the mid-19th
but because the country was a British colony they were shipped back
UK to be studied. These bones were misidentified, and it was much
they were recognised as belonging to Paranthodon - the stegosaur
... Go to the review for more!