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9 year old - wants to be a paleontologist

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GettinTrimmer Wed 28-Sep-11 18:51:27

Hi, can anyone recommend any challenging books covering prehistory before during and after the dinosaurs?

The BBC programme Planet Dinosaur has rekindled my ds's interest in all things pre-historic, and he'd like to be a paleontologist!


jade80 Wed 28-Sep-11 18:52:48

What's his reading age, how challenging are you looking for?

DilysPrice Wed 28-Sep-11 19:00:56

I can't recommend a book (mine all want to be astronauts) but I can recommend this.

Actually I tell a lie, I can recommend The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, with the slight caveat that I haven't read it yet but I'm pretty sure it's brilliant anyway.

DilysPrice Wed 28-Sep-11 19:03:35

And Horrible Science: Evolve or Die is probably a good choice as well.

GettinTrimmer Wed 28-Sep-11 19:04:04

I don't know his reading age, but according to his last school report, he is above average - I'd guess his reading age is about 10/11 years.

When I say challenging, just plenty of detailed information

GettinTrimmer Wed 28-Sep-11 19:05:34

Thanks for recommendations, off to have a look on amazon!

Takver Wed 28-Sep-11 19:16:10

Not a book, but does he have the DVD Lost Worlds Vanished Lives which is absolutely fantastic and has lots of paleontology in action, so to speak?

reshetima Fri 30-Sep-11 20:15:24

My DS13 has been fascinated by palaeontology since he was 4. On his shelves are too many books to enumerate, but the following are particularly well-thumbed (I suggest you browse them online to see which suit your son's reading age):

Scholastic Dinosaurs A to Z by Don Lessem (a 'bible' in this house!)
Dinosaurs: a field guide by Gregory Paul
The World Encyclopaedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures by Dougal Dixon
Sea Monsters: prehistoric creatures of the deep
Paleo Sharks: survival of the strangest [one of series of several similar]

I also recommend you lead him to look at geology - see
Hermes House do several good books:
- The complete guide to Fossils
- ... to Rocks and Minerals

Rockwatch is a wonderful (very cheap to join) club for young geologists -

You might also try and get hold of the BBC 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and the other two related series from a few years ago. It's available on DVD and watched over and over. See here, bundled in a box set:

helpmabob Fri 30-Sep-11 20:17:36

I thought this was a great deal Fossils

Saracen Sat 01-Oct-11 03:27:17

Did you know that the BBC has just been showing a number of other dinosaur programmes besides Planet Dinosaur? Have a look on where you can watch them for up to seven days after last broadcast.

rimmerfleadick Sat 01-Oct-11 04:55:57

Books by Richard Fortey.

Trilobite! and Fossils: A Key to the Past.

They are a lot more advanced really but will give him a really good insight to the subject.

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