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Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like?, by Catherine Thimmesh

scalyScaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like?
Catherine Thimmesh
2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780547991344
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Elementary School
4 Stars

So, if we have never seen dinosaurs, how do we know what they look like? How did we come up with the vicious head and body of a T-Rex? This book explores how paleoartists have captured the images of dinosaurs we picture in our heads. We learn about how remains are found, and how they are reconstructed to give us the most accurate images of dinosaurs. We are able to explore how these images have changed over time as we have discovered new bones and fossils. When we find these remains, we can often use them to determine the muscles and the skin on each species. The biggest uncertainty these days in the imagery of dinosaurs is their colors. For the most part, scientist are still speculating what colors they may have been based on their closest relatives, as well as what their main purpose and habits were. This book has a lot of interesting information and great pictures to compliment the text. I especially liked that some pictures show a progression of how we have pictured certain species.

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