The mystery of the mammoth bones: and how it was solved
At the age of sixty, Peale has already made his mark as a portrait painter and scientist, as well as the founder of the first natural history museum in the United States. If he can put on display a skeleton of the mysterious creature, people will flock in even greater numbers to his Philadelphia museum. The skeleton may also help to prove a controversial new theory: that some animals that once roamed the Earth have become extinct.
As he searches for more bones, Peale must dig at several different sites. He is confronted by flooding, threats of cave-ins, and oppressive heat but persists in his quest. What he eventually finds confirms the existence of a previously unknown animal -- the mastodon It also provides solid evidence not only that some animals have become extinct, but also that the Earth is far older than anyone ever imagined.
Based on Charles Willson Peale's own diaries and journals, The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones is a gripping scientific thriller.
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council
Level 8, 3 Points
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|Grouping Title||mystery of the mammoth bones and how it was solved|
|Grouping Author||giblin james cross|
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|author||Giblin, James Cross, 1933-2016|
|author_display||Giblin, James Cross|
|display_description||Describes the efforts of the artist, museum curator, and self-taught paleontologist, Charles Willson Peale, to excavate, study, and display the bones of a prehistoric creature that is later named "mastodon."|
|record_details||ils:a150194|Book|Books||English|HarperCollins Publishers,|c1999.|97 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Mastodons -- Juvenile literature, Mastodons -- New York (State) -- Newburgh -- Juvenile literature, Paleontologists -- Juvenile literature, Paleontologists -- United States -- Biography, Peale, Charles Willson, -- 1741-1827 -- Juvenile literature|
|title_display||The mystery of the mammoth bones : and how it was solved|
|title_full||The mystery of the mammoth bones : and how it was solved / James Cross Giblin|
|title_short||The mystery of the mammoth bones :|
|title_sub||and how it was solved|
|topic_facet||Mastodons, Paleontologists, Peale, Charles Willson|