Table Talk: The Student Who Discovered A Dinosaur Fossil

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

Can you imagine finding a dinosaur fossil during a class field trip? That's exactly what happened to Kevin Terris a few years ago, when he was in high school. While exploring a park in Utah called the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, he found a tiny piece of bone. He showed a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils -- and after looking into it, experts discovered that Kevin had indeed found part of a baby dinosaur skeleton from around 75 million years ago. They nicknamed the fossil -- which is apparently "the smallest, youngest and most complete duck-billed dinosaur of its kind ever found" -- "Joe."

To see "Joe" for yourself, click here -- or visit California's Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

Questions for discussion:
  • What's the most interesting thing you've ever found in nature?
  • What can scientists learn from the fossils they find?
  • Do you have a favorite dinosaur?

In her cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

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