Reviews for Baby Mammoth Mummy : Frozen in Time!: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century


Booklist Reviews 2011 November #2
Reminiscent of Sloan's SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles (2002), this similarly exciting book traces the discovery of Lyuba, a fully intact baby woolly mammoth mummy. It begins with an introduction by Bernard Buigues, a "mammoth hunter" who's on a mission to find Siberia's frozen prehistoric life before the earth's warming climate melts the region's permafrost. Accompanied by high-quality photographs and illustrations, the book continues with the discovery of Lyuba by nomadic reindeer herders and the rush to prevent deterioration. A second section delves into hard science as researchers from around the world perform an autopsy and myriad tests to determine when and how Lyuba lived and died. The baby mammoth was so well preserved that scientists could tell her last meal from the contents in her stomach. Sloan explains how these findings help scientists form a more complete picture of woolly mammoths. A final section provides several theories about the extinction of these massive animals. A glossary, a bibliography, and online resources are appended. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Engaging text supported by maps, diagrams, photographs, and illustrations captures the excitement and significance of the 2007 discovery of a fully preserved baby woolly mammoth. Firsthand accounts, scientific details, and even mythology blend well, effectively demonstrating the collaborative efforts that yielded new insight into the Ice Age in general and the creature itself, along with predictions for its present-day descendants. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 December

Gr 5-7--A startling discovery, a theft, and a global procession of forensic sites all play a part in this scientific look at a great paleontological find. From CAT scans to the use of surgical cameras, the mummy of a baby mammoth found dislodged from Siberian ice undergoes veritable CSI treatment in the Netherlands, Japan, the U.S., and in her Russian homeland as scientists scramble to discover her historic age (42,000 years), her chronological age (32 days), her diet (mother's milk), and the cause of her demise (suffocation in mud). Sloan's clear, readable text follows this journey in nicely defined stages, with explanations along the way for possibly unfamiliar processes. Plentiful photos, a pair of maps, some diagrams, and colorful artwork accompany the information. The whole is rounded out by a look at little "Lubya's world," the possible causes of mammoth extinction, and the possibility of re-creating "the Mammoth Steppe," complete with mammoths. Further-reading and online resources are adult, and the brief glossary consists mostly of technical terms. Baby animals are appealing in and of themselves, and the tragic death and scientific "resurrection" of this tiny tusker will attract researchers and general readers. Team this title with Sandra Markle's elegant Outside and Inside Woolly Mammoths (Walker, 2007) and/or Windsor Chorlton's look at the Jarkov discovery in Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery (Scholastic, 2001) for a look into a not-so-distant past (when New York City was buried under a mile of ice).--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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