It's Koko's 44th birthday and she got a very special present: two new kittens! Those familiar with Koko from her book Koko's Kittens will be excited to hear this news and for those who haven't read the book, now is the perfect time! You may also be interested in the beautifully-illusted picture book Little Beauty about a fictional gorilla/kitten pairing. Gorilla fans will also love the chapter book The One and Only Ivan. For those wanting to learn more about gorillas and other primates, we have a great selection of non-fiction books on the subject.
Here in the library we're excited about the discovery of Homo Naledi. If you haven't heard the news yet, two cavers exploring the Rising Star cave in South Africa discovered a cache of bones that belongs to a previously unknown early human ancestor. Accessing the bones required squeezing through some very tight spaces so they had to recruit archaeologists who could fit. The team extracting the bones ended up being all female. To learn more about the discovery you can find an article at National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150910-human-evolution-change/ or watch the video below.
We have a lot of great books about archaeology in the library, you can find a few below:
If you're wondering how artists and scientists can re-create how people looked from their bones, like they do in the video above, then this is the book for you! Uncover the fascinating process used to make these models and learn more about the early North American peoples. Faces from the Past by James M. Deem
This true story of an important fossil discovery reads like an Indiana Jones adventure story. Read the book to find out how a professor and his 9 year old son used technology to make a magnificent find.
The Skull in the Rock by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger
Learn all about the Mwangdui tombs in China from what life was like in ancient China to embalming techniques to create mummies. Photographs illustrate the artifacts and the techniques used to unlock their mysteries. At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins
Explore the archaeological finds at Hisarlik, what some people believe to be the site of Troy. Debate continues as to whether the story of the Iliad is just a legend or if it is based on real events but either way the stories of the people who have gone looking for it and the artifacts they have found is fascinating. Digging for Troy by Eric H. Cline and Jill Rubalcaba
When two men stumbled about some bones near Kennewick, Washington they did not except them to be over 9,000 years old. Since their discovery, archaeologists have learned more about life in early North America and as well as how the Kennewick man lived and died. Read along to see how scientists solved a mystery over 9,000 years old. Their Skeletons Speak by Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley