Stones and Bones: Fossils and the stories they tell

Stones and Bones: Fossils and the stories they tell
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Sophie Williams
Publisher Name
Cicada Books
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Release Date
May 07, 2024
Explore the incredible history of life on our planet told through the fossil record!
Over the past four billion years, life on Earth has evolved from microscopic single-celled organisms to today’s incredible array of flora and fauna. In the course of this time, layer upon layer of life was buried in sediment, turning into a fossilised record of the planet’s history. 

This highly-illustrated, large format book looks at all the incredible things that scientists have learned from the fossil record; the ways in which continents have drifted, merged and fragmented again; the life forms that have evolved and the great extinction events that wiped them out. From bacteria to sponges to fish to tetrapods to reptiles to dinosaurs to mammals and finally to humans, Stones and Bones excavates the fascinating story of life on Earth.

Clear, concise texts from fossil expert, Rob Wilshaw, along with lively illustrations, diagrams and timelines by Sophie Williams (Earth-Shattering Events and Map of You) make this hugely informative exploration accessible for readers as young as six. 

With the science of Paleontology clearly broken down and a unique 'Paleontology Today' section highlighting the importance of learning from the past to protect our future, this vital book will delight not just dinosaur enthusiasts, but anyone interested in the incredible history of our planet. 

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Perfect for budding paleontologists!
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I love the way this book was broken down into different eras. The table of contents highlights them wonderfully for the target audience, starting with what a fossil is.
Stones and Bones also includes information about different scientist as well, that helped the field of digging up fossils, the rock cycle, and much more!
The terminology might be a bit much for the younger side, but is fantastic if your children already have an interest in paleontology. Other than the larger words, its written well and easy for children to comprehend.
The 80 pages could be a lot to take in all at once, but is perfect for era specific study/projects.
Towards the end, there is a section on how to become a paleontologist and it, too, is very informative. Younger kids would get a blast fossil hunting in their backyards!

The illustrations are fun! The artist did a great job detailing different species or dinosaurs and rocks. They are still fun and educational without being too scientific or overwhelming.
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