Monday, June 21, 2010

Nonfiction Monday

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came FromLucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From Catherine Thimmesh

Ethiopia, 1974. Scientists find an arm bone and quickly realize that they actually have found 40% of a skeleton.

It doesn't look like a human, it doesn't look like a monkey. What is it?

It's Lucy, named after "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by the Beatles. She completely changed the way we think about how humans evolved.

In extremely easy-to-understand and interesting text, Thimmesh walks the reader through the discovery of Lucy's remains and the questions scientists asked and how they came to their answers. Was she an adult or child? Did she walk on two legs or four? How did she fit in with what we already know about evolution and where we came from? Was she even a she?

A great look at how scientists discover things and how our knowledge of the world is always changing. Great illustrations, sidebars, and quotations from those involved in the discovery and investigation.

Today's Round up is over at SimplyScience!

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Shirley said...

This sounds fascinating. I've watched Lucy documentaries and this sounds like I need to read it, too!

Abby said...

I loved, loved, loved this book! And I love that the author's not shying away from a complex topic for children.