A Proper Paleontologist Is Always Prepared

Badlands near Drumheller, Alberta, where erosi...

Badlands near Drumheller, Alberta, where erosion has exposed the KT boundary.

The Four-Year-Old, working away at her backyard dig while her mother reads nearby: “Mommyo, when I get to the asteroid level, I’m going to need a heavier shovel.”

The Four-Year-Old, pausing a few moments later to knock the dirt off her plastic Dora the Explorer shovel: “How do scientists get through the asteroid layer?”

Mother: “I don’t know.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Will you look it up?”

Mother dutifully Asks the iPhone, but before the iPhone can answer, the Four-Year-Old again: “Mommyo, if I find a mammoth bone, can I keep it?”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to A Proper Paleontologist Is Always Prepared

  1. Pingback: Asteroid! and Other News of the Week | CATERPICKLES

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