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Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds



by
Alison Pearce Stevens
illustrated by
Matt Hyunth

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250266576
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Nonfiction Middle

This jaw-dropping nonfiction middle grade book tells the story of the Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska, the resting place of more than two hundred prehistoric animals.

Twelve million years ago, rhinos, elephants, and camels roamed North America. They would gather at nearby watering holes—eating, drinking, and trying not to become someone else’s lunch. But one day, in what we now know as Nebraska, everything changed. The explosion of a supervolcano a thousand miles away sent a blanket of ash that buried these animals for millennia.

Until 1953, when a seventeen-year-old farm worker made an unbelievable discovery.

This is the first book to be published about the Ashfall Fossil Beds, where more than 200 perfectly preserved fossils have been found. Step into the past with author Alison Pearce Stevens, who has worked with many of the Ashfall researchers at the University of Nebraska State Museum.Glossary. Author’s note. Resources. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. 

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Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

560.9782

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0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Nebraska. Paleontological excavations. Fossils. Paleontology. Geology. Mass extinctions. Natural disasters. Prehistoric mammals. Miocene epoch. Science and nature. 

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School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–This title explores the surprising discoveries made at Nebraska’s Ashfall Fossil Beds over a 50-year span, including information about new species, geological events, and animal behavior. At the same time, ­Stevens provides fascinating insights into the techniques scientists use to reconstruct the ancient past. The writing is lively, clear, and sometimes conversational. Fluid nonfiction storytelling presents the research in terms of mysteries to be solved, and readers gain an increasingly fuller picture of the work and its results with each new revelation. The ­author does a nice job of introducing ­material, then building upon it in subsequent chapters. The process of pinpointing the dates of the fossils, for example, involves three different methods over time, each one ­further solidifying theories. Explanations of key concepts such as evolution or fission tracks are clear and supported neatly by examples. The logistics of this huge, multiyear project emerge in different ways, such as the careful methods used to avoid damaging specimens and the need to bring in experts in various fields to uncover the full truth. Short, well-organized chapters help to break up the wealth of information into sections without overwhelming readers. The chronologically arranged narrative conveys the passage of several decades, but dates are usually not provided for specific events. Visual support is provided with black-and-white drawings of the ­ancient creatures, along with ­occasional ­diagrams and photographs of ­fossils. ­VERDICT ­Engaging science content for older readers who love paleontology. –Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville P.L., OR

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–This title explores the surprising discoveries made at Nebraska’s Ashfall Fossil Beds over a 50-year span, including information about new species, geological events, and animal behavior. At the same time, ­Stevens provides fascinating insights into the techniques scientists use to reconstruct the ancient past. The writing is lively, clear, and sometimes conversational. Fluid nonfiction storytelling presents the research in terms of mysteries to be solved, and readers gain an increasingly fuller picture of the work and its results with each new revelation. The ­author does a nice job of introducing ­material, then building upon it in subsequent chapters. The process of pinpointing the dates of the fossils, for example, involves three different methods over time, each one ­further solidifying theories. Explanations of key concepts such as evolution or fission tracks are clear and supported neatly by examples. The logistics of this huge, multiyear project emerge in different ways, such as the careful methods used to avoid damaging specimens and the need to bring in experts in various fields to uncover the full truth. Short, well-organized chapters help to break up the wealth of information into sections without overwhelming readers. The chronologically arranged narrative conveys the passage of several decades, but dates are usually not provided for specific events. Visual support is provided with black-and-white drawings of the ­ancient creatures, along with ­occasional ­diagrams and photographs of ­fossils. ­VERDICT ­Engaging science content for older readers who love paleontology. –Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville P.L., OR

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