Nine-year-old Thomas and his cousin Rita embark on a journey to Montana for a fossil hunting and study expedition with the Junior Scientist Club of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Thomas discovers a 66-million-year-old dinosaur nicknamed Thomas—one of the 10 most complete T. rex skeletons in the world.
Through the eyes of Thomas and Rita, young readers learn about the T. rex and how dinosaurs lived, as well as the basics of excavation and the preparation of fossils for their public debut in the Museum’s new Dinosaur Hall, opened July 2011.
“Discovering the ancient remains of dinosaurs is a remarkable experience. This book gives a glimpse of such experience and a source of inspiration to children who aspire to one day find their own dinosaur.” — Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, Director of the Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
“Thomas the T. rex is a charming, beautifully illustrated book about the discovery of one of the most scientifically important T. rex fossils ever found. Unusual among books for young audiences, it gives readers a detailed look at the process by which a dinosaur skeleton goes from a chance discovery in the field to a dramatic museum display. Thomas the T. rex is sure to delight and inform budding scientists everywhere.” — Matthew C. Lamanna, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History