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Naturalist Notebook 

April 22, 2011

New at the Naturalist Center: Oh the humanity!

We have some great new arrivals this week at the Naturalist Center! You’re never too young for self-reflection; check out two different looks at humanity:

Bones : Skeletons and How They Work / Steve Jenkins. New York: Scholastic Press, c2010. 32 pages, color illustrations
Naturalist Center Juv. QL821 .J46 2010


Collagist Steve Jenkins, author of Sisters and Brothers and Life on Earth: the Story of Evolution, has created an engaging work which explains how the bones of our bodies function, and how they correspond to the skeletal structures of other animals. It’s recommended for ages six to eleven, but people of all ages may enjoy the unique illustrations and fascinating comparisons.

First Humans / Rebecca Stefoff.  New York : Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, c2010. 112 pages, color illustrations and maps
Naturalist Center Juv. GN281 .S78 2010


First Humans is part of a four book series entitled Humans: An Evolutionary History. It focuses on the discovery and classification of the earliest members of our genus. As a special bonus, page nine has a great picture of Mary Leakey digging for fossils under the watchful eye of her two dalmatians. Intended for ages 13 and up.

Check out these and other great new titles next time you stop by and see us!

At the Naturalist Center, Academy Members and California teachers can check out five books for three weeks and two DVDs or other media for one week, with one renewal possible.


Filed under: News — nature @ 9:33 am

April 19, 2011

Controversial Penguins

The ALA recently released its list of 2010’s most frequently challenged books. Challenged books are those which have had a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.”

What’s number one on the list? A picture book based on the true story of two male penguins that parented a chick in New York’s Central Park zoo.

Want to see what the fuss is about? Come to the Naturalist Center and check out:

And Tango Makes Three / by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell ; illustrated by Henry Cole.  New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005.
Naturalist Center Juv. PZ10.3.R414 Tan 2005

Or en español:

Tres con Tango / de Justin Richardson y Peter Parnell ; ilustrado por Henry Cole ; [traducción, Francesc Strino]. Barcelona : RBA : Serres, 2006.
Naturalist Center Juv. PZ76.3 .R414 Tan 2006

At the Naturalist Center, Academy Members and California teachers can check out five books for three weeks and two DVDs or other media for one week, with one renewal possible.


Filed under: News — nature @ 9:17 am

April 12, 2011

Ask a Naturalist: Dino Spotting

At least once a week in the Naturalist Center someone, usually a small boy or the representative of a small boy, will ask “Do you have any dinosaurs in here?”

While we don’t have anything as big as the T-Rex in the Academy’s foyer, we do have several dinosaur-related or otherwise prehistorically interesting items.

We have a half-size model of a Velociraptor.

Half Size Velociraptor

Photo: S.Sumrall

Did you know that Velociraptor was about the size of a large dog or wolf?

We have  a horseshoe crab that’s the size of your head.

Horseshoe Crab

Photo: S. Sumrall

Although horseshoe crabs can be found scuttling around on beaches today,

members of their family existed as early as the Paleozoic era, 540-248 million years ago.

We have  a model of an Archaeopteryx fossil.

Archaeopteryx

Photo: S. Sumrall

Archaeopteryx represents a physical (and chemical) link between dinosaurs and birds.

We’re crawling with trilobites.

Trilobites

Photo: S. Sumrall

Trilobites were arthropods that lived from 550 to about 250 million years ago.

Their heyday was about 500 million years ago, at the end of the Cambrian period.

And we have stacks and stacks of great books (as well as DVDs and VHS tapes).

Dinosaur Books

Photo: S. Sumrall

The call numbers QE760.8-899.2 are the Library of Congress call numbers for Paleozoology.  At the Naturalist Center, Academy Members and California teachers can check out five books for three weeks and two DVDs or other media for one week, with one renewal possible. You can search our catalog by call number, as well as by author, title, subject, and key word.

If you have a question or an unidentified natural history specimen or need some assistance finding an awesome science book to impress your friends with, we’d love to help.  You can contact us via email at naturalist@calacademy.org


Filed under: Ask a Naturalist — nature @ 11:02 am

April 10, 2011

Out of Nature

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Check out the Out of Nature blog for reviews of recent science books and books discussed by Bookworms Club members.


Filed under: Book Clubs — nature @ 3:59 pm

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