Special thanks to Marc Aronson for answering 4 questions about his recently featured book, which he co-authored – The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins
Marc Aronson is an author, professor, speaker, editor and publisher who believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways. – From Marc’s Homepage
Marc’s Homepage: http://www.marcaronson.com
#1 – What was the impetus for this Skull in the Rock?
I had read about the discovery and was fascinated.
#2 – How did you and Lee Berger write this book? Who wrote what?
At the same time Lee wanted to have a book written for younger readers, and I had worked with scientists (archaeologists in that case) before for Nat Geo, so NGS married us. I read background materials on Lee, read some of his scientific papers, then went and interviewed him; I wrote the book but then showed the text to him to correct and adjust.
#3 – What has the response to the book been?
I was delayed in responding b/c I was spending a full week visiting schools mainly 5th-8th grade; I presented Skull in all, kids were fascinated, interested in the science, the exploration, the discoveries — similar enthusiasm from teachers
#4 – Do you have any new books/projects coming up that you can tell us about?
In April my next book is coming out: The Griffin and the Dinosaur, which I wrote with Adrienne Mayor. The book tells her story — she figured out that the mythical griffin was based on descriptions that Scythian gold hunters had made of fossil protoceratops that they saw in the Gobi desert. Adrienne thus invented a new science of matching myths to fossils ancient peoples who first told the myths could have seen.
[Image from Marc’s Homepage]