"Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis" tells the story of one of the most spectacular fossil discoveries of the twentieth century. The book also attempts to answer the question as to why so many fossils were found in one place. In 1947 Edwin Colbert located dozens and dozens of Coelophysis fossils at Ghost Ranch which is north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along with the Coelophysis skeletons were a few fish and other reptilian fossils. The place where all these animals were buried is about thirty feet long and at least thirty feet wide. How did all of these fossils get here? Were the animals stuck in the mud? A volcanic eruption? An asteriod impact? Poison water? Flood? For each of these hypotheses, the book presents evidence refuting each theory. The author concludes that a combination of drought and flood most likely explains how so many fossils were found in one place. In short, this is a great book as it reads like a mystery and teaches young readers the process of analysis. The paintings are great, too. Ideal for both children and adult readers.
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