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Young Explorers’ Guide : Buried Treasures


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• A one-of-a-kind treasure hunt
• An exhilarating adventure that lets you decide which way to go
• An encyclopedia that reads like an adventure novel
• An amazing time machine
• A world of knowledge to discover



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Published 05 September 2012
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EAN13 9782764409114
Language English
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Primitive animals and ancient civilizations left behind precious imprints in the form of fossils or remains before they disappeared.
Unearth these treasures that are hidden in the ground, beneath the jungle, at the backs of caves and in the ocean depths. Voyage across continents and through the ages, following your own itinerary. You will have the chance to be guided on your trip by the most astonishing prehistoric animals!
Pay attention! Your voyage through time and around the world is more than a simple stroll for tourists. Along the way, you must collect letters that will help you solve a number of riddles.
Cataloguing in Publication Data Young Explorers’ Guide: Buried Treasures
Includes index. For ages 8 and over.
Young Explorers’ Guide: Buried Treasures created and produced by QA Kids, an imprint of QA International 329, rue de la Commune Ouest, 3e étage Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2E1 Canada T514.499.3000F514.499.3010 www.qainternational.com
© QA International, 2008. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing by QA International.
ISBN : 9782764409114
Editor  Caroline Fortin Editorial Director  Martine Podesto Chief Writer  MarieAnne Legault Writer  Cécile PoulouGallet Translator  Donna Vekteris Graphic Designer  Josée Noiseux Layout  Émilie Bellemare  Émilie Corriveau  Danielle Quinty Art Directors  Anouk Noël  Jocelyn Gardner
Illustrators  Alain Lemire  Yvan Meunier Research and Photo Acquisition  Gilles Vézina Photo Retouching  Mathieu Douville Cartographer  François TurcotteGoulet Project Managers  Odile Perpillou  Nathalie Fréchette Fact Checking  Stéphanie Lanctôt Proofreading  Veronica Schami Editorial Services Prepress  Karine Lévesque  Kien Tang
Q Europe W R T Y E U e I O r P t {
Europe Q East Kirkton, Scotland p. 85 W Lyme Regis, England p. 55 EValley, France p. 7 Vézère RGermany p. 129 Messel, T Hallstatt, Austria p. 107 YCroatia p. 147 Podravina Plain, UItaly p. 37 Bay of Naples,  I Olympia, Greece p. 69
Africa  OTunisia p. 77 Carthage, P Alexandria, Egypt p. 125 {Egypt p. 151 Thebes, 4
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} Hadar, Ethiopia p. 29  qTanzania p. 91 Olduvai,  wSouth Africa p. 41 Karoo,
Asia e Troy, Turkey p. 135 rPalestine p. 19 Jericho, tIraq p. 63 Ur, y Mohenjodaro, Pakistan p. 81 u Kalinga, India p. 47 i Arzhan, Russia p. 99 oChina p. 11 Xianyang (Xi’an), p Zhoukoudian Cave, China p. 117
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North America D Burgess, Canada p. 143 FValley, Brush Creek  United States p. 113
Central and South America J Copán, Honduras p. 95 KPeru p. 51 Chavín de Huántar, L Valley of the Moon, Argentina p. 15 : Neuquén, Argentina p. 121
South America
North America F
Central America
Oceania [ Arnhem Land, Australia p. 59 ] Ediacara, Australia p. 103 AAustralia p. 25 Naracoorte, S Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands p. 139
G Miguasha, Canada p. 73 H La Venta, Mexico p. 33
Riddles to solve
EUROPE The Romans used this smelly liquid as a stain remover and for cleaning teeth.
AFRICA After the decline of the Egyptian civilization, the Arabs and Europeans reduced these “treasures” to powder, and concocted all kinds of remedies from them.
ASIA These astonishing elements recently discovered on several dinosaur fossils in China let us believe they are not yet entirely extinct!
OCEANIA This fearsome predator that appeared in Australia about 50,000 years ago is the most ferocious ever seen on the island.This creature is partly responsible for the disappearance of several species, including the giant kangaroo, the giant koala and the terrible marsupial lion!
NORTH AMERICA More than 10,000 years ago in North America, this creature was one of the game animals hunted by the continent’s first inhabitants.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA The Mayan people knew about the wheel, but rather than using it to move about, they employed it to make this kind of object.
World map and timeline For the purposes of the adventure, the world is divided into six continents, each with its own number of discovery destinations.You will find these continents, the discovery destinations and the six riddles to solve on the world map on pages 4 and 5.We suggest you photopopy this map. It will allow you to orient yourself at any point, plot your course and write down the letters as you find them.To locate an era, refer to the timeline on pages 155, 156 and 157. Hidden letters Each discovery destination corresponds to an article in the book. Reading an article may reveal one or more letters in the riddle associated with a continent. To solve a riddle, you must travel around a continent, find the hidden letters and put them in the right order. Navigation The last page of each article offers you a choice of three new discovery destinations. It is up to you to choose what direction to take. Careful! You may sometimes have to retrace your steps to reach your desired destination.
Ready for the adventure? Start your voyage in the Vézère Valley on page 7.
3 Vézère Valley, France 16,000BChe reindeer hunters' rallying cry echoes through the Vézère T Valley. After spending a day following the migrating game animals, everyone meets up at a seasonal shelter in the hollow of the cliff overhanging the river. Several hunters take advantage of the Sun’s last rays to sharpen their weapons. That is when a man, nicknamed “the sorcerer,” motions to you to follow him. The sorcerer holds out a stone lamp for you, a simple hollowedout rock with burning reindeer fat. He leads you into the dark depths of a cave. After crawling several feet (meters), you come to a vast gallery. The sorcerer opens some pouches, containing black, yellow and red powder. He spits into the various bags and mixes his saliva with the powder. Next, he adds fat to create strange potions. The sorcerer sucks up one of them through a hollow bone. This is the moment when the magic begins.
Do you think the sorcerer has just swallowed his potion? Not at all. He is actually blowing it onto the cave wall... and bringing it to life. Before your eyes, the wall is transformed into a horse! You have the honor of being next to one of mankind’s first artists, aHomo sapienscalled CroMagnon!
CroMagnon painting
The oldest representatives ofHomo sapiens—ormodern humans—were huntergatherers who appeared in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. They are the origin of the 6.5 billion human beings scattered across all the continents today. Other human species existed in prehistoric times, but onlyHomo sapienshas survived. Some of these early modern humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago. They reached China 67,000 years ago, Australia about 50,000 years ago, Europe around 40,000 years ago and the Americas a bit more than 20,000 years ago. TheHomo sapiens who settled in Europe are known as CroMagnon.
Homo sapiens