This nonfiction book for elementary-school-age children details the steps that brought a meteor from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. Hartland breaks down complex actions and processes in kid-friendly terms and includes pages of fascinating meteor details.
Ever wonder what happens when a rock survives a fall from outer space and lands on Earth or even in your backyard? Usually this doesn’t happen but it did on October 9, 1992 in a town called Peekskill, New York. This particular meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the state of Kentucky. Virginians saw its fiery trail in the sky, Pennsylvanian’s watch it fly above their football game and one teenage in Peekskill heard the crash as it hit the trunk of her car. Once the police investigated and the firemen cooled the rock, it started its journey to the American Museum of Natural History—at least one piece of it did. The teenage whose car it hit became the owner of the meteorite. The next time you decide to do star gazing on a clear, dark night, chances are you might just see at least one meteor streak across the sky. And maybe even land in your backyard!
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LEONARDO: THE MUMMIFIED DINOSAUR Exhibit Opens March 8, 2014
“Leonardo is a juvenile Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a type of Hadrosaur dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are more commonly known as “duckbills” because of their keratin beak. Hadrosaurs were plant-eating dinosaurs. The name “brachylophosaurus” means small crested lizard. Leonardo is believed to have been about four years old when he took his last breath and collapsed into the water, which helped preserve him. He was “only” 23 feet long and maybe two tons at the time of his death.
When this fossilized mummy was carefully unearthed from his grave in Malta, Montana in 2001, researchers had one of the first real looks at the skin, scales, foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.” More from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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Hadrosaur Egg This is an egg from a duckbill dinosaur. It was unearthed in a remote region of China with hundreds of other eggs. Researchers had discovered a dinosaurnesting site! Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis More Artifacts
Hadrosaur Teeth The Edmontosaur is a well known member of the Hadrosaur (Duck-bill dinosaur) family. The diamond shape teeth of Edmontosaurs developed in groups calleddental batteries. These sharp teeth helped the dinosaur consume the fibrous plant materials that made up its diet. As teeth in the battery wore down, they fellout and were replaced by others. Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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