Dinomummy (Kingfisher), by Dr. Phillip Manning, details the discovery of a rare, mummified dinosaur named Dakota by a teenager named Tyler Lyson in the Badlands National Park near his North Dakota hometown.
And now that Lysons fantastic fossilized find has sent him to Yale University to study the supersized species, Lyson says hes enjoying his new academic digs mostly.
Lyson says, Intellectually, its very stimulating, but it can be tough not being out in the field. I always know that when the snow melts Ill be back out there.
While Lyson would rather be digging in the dirt, he understands the sedate side of science.
He says, We found this great dinosaur, but now we need to sit down and write papers. You need to be peer reviewed thats how science works. Otherwise I could just be making things up and saying This is the greatest thing ever.
Dinomummy hits shelves today (Dec. 4), and a TV special called Dakota airs this Sunday (Dec. 9) on the National Geographic channel.
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