Stones and Bones

Fossils and the stories they tell

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Pub Date May 07 2024 | Archive Date Apr 15 2024

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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. 

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...

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This is a great resource for people who are interested in biology, anthropology, and paleontology. Easy enough for younger readers, this little book goes through different periods of time so readers can understand what to expect from different times. Extinction events are explained, and in the end, there is an explanation about why these studies can help us today. Very informative!
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This book is packed with information in small bites accompanied by wonderful, detailed illustrations. Geological history can be hard to fathom and this book does a great job with the concept. I will definitely be adding this to our library collection.

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Stones and Bones is a very accessible but incredibly knowledge-filled book on dinosaurs and particularly fossils. This would be a great gift for any budding paleontologist, scientist, or dinosaur lover. I was hoping to add this to our high school library to support students' knowledge of the earth, fossils, how the earth changes over time, etc. but unfortunately the illustrations skew a bit young for high schoolers. I think elementary and middle school students who scoop this up though! It would be great for upper elementary (a bit info-packed for new readers!) and middle schoolers. It is unfortunate that some kids would feel this is "too young" because I feel even adults could learn a lot from this book. The illustrations are fun, bright, and engaging and help the reader understand the content better. This is a wonderful book and will definitely be a hit in public and younger school libraries!

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Any kid who is into paleontology, archeology, geology, and/or history should have this book on their shelf! Packed full of information with super cool pictures and graphics.

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"Stones and Bones" is ground-breaking for children's non-fiction. Author Rob Wilshaw, and illustrator Sophie Williams have teamed up to create an extensive yet easy to navigate history of our planet through paleontology. It's a graphic novel of science! I would recommend this to children who are already into fossils and children who want to get into fossils. "Stones and Bones" has the potential to inspire many young scientists into the field of paleontology.

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