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Table of Contents Chapter 1: So, You Want to Become a Paleontologist! How Science Works What Is a Paleontologist? Becoming a Fossil The Case of the Triceratops Two-Step Chapter 2: Collecting the Evidence--How You Can Do It Getting Started-Where to Look Packing for the Trip What It's Like to Look for Fossils and How to Do It Yourself Digging! Keeping Records Chapter 3: Sue's Clues Sue: What We Found and How We Found It . . . Well, Her What It All Means Boys or Girls Kids Chapter 4: What to Do with Your Fossil Once You Get It Home The Paleo Laboratory: Training to Clean Fossils Filling in the Gaps "Is It Real?" Chapter 5: Stan's Plans The Bare Bones: "My, what big teeth you have!" "My, what a large skull you have!" "My, what a fine brain you have!" Behavior: The menu Murder! Mayhem! Chapter 6: Developing and Testing a Theory: The Scientific Guessing Game The Question: Are Dinosaurs the Direct Ancestors of Birds? The Observations Hypothesis #1 Hypothesis #2 Hypothesis #1-The Sequel More Evidence The Theory Possible Conclusions Chapter 7: Your Future Job Help! More Questions That Need Big Ideas, Hypotheses, or Even . . . Answers Getting Started: The Best Books Clubs Summer Dig Programs What to Study in School to Get a Head Start You can Do This! Acknowledgements Appendix A: Scientific Names --Pronunciation and Information Guide Appendix B: Geologic Extinction Timeline Appendix C: Permission Letter Template Appendix D: Teacher's or Independent Study Guide How to Use This Book Common Sense Chapter-by-Chapter Questions Classroom Projects Classroom Fun Books and References Planning Field Trips Help with Answering Questions Appendix E: Bones Rock! Website Information Appendix F: Glossary List of Illustrations References
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Paleontologists Juvenile literature, Paleontology Vocational guidance Juvenile literature