ARIZONA BOY DISCOVERS BONE OF NEW DINOSAUR 06/06/99 QUEMADO, N.M. (AP) Just one more hill, Douglas Wolfe urged his son. As Chris Wolfe crested the mound, an object caught his eye. It was a dinosaur bone. That discovery touched off a chain of events that culminates in this week's publication of the first book written by the 9-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills boy. Fossil Hunting School, illustrated by Bradley Wong, one of Chris' classmates at Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School, has already won a national award. "We're working on the second one," Chris said last week, pulling his sunglasses low on his nose. They already have chosen a title for the third one, too. Chris said he has most fun making up characters. "There's this one girl who goes 'Hee, hee, hee' all the time, and one little kid who's a science dweeb." But the stories also tap into his real-life experience. He and his parents, Douglas and Hazel Wolfe, already had been hunting dinosaur fossils for hours in the desert one day in 1996 when his geologist dad urged him to explore that last hill."I was telling him if we found a new dinosaur, maybe it would be named for him," Douglas Wolfe recalled last week during a visit to the same site near Springerville . "Chris hiked up the hill, and he picked up a piece and said, `Here's some bone,' and showed it to me. "That piece was the tip of a brow horn." Months of excavation trips later, enough pieces of the dinosaur had been found for experts to be sure it was a new discovery _ the earliest known horned dinosaur. When the formal scientific description was published last year, the animal officially got the name Zuniceratops christopheri. The first word means horned dinosaur of Zuni. The second honors Chris for his role in the discovery. The Arizona boy with his own dinosaur became a minor celebrity, gaining a mention in People magazine and an appearance with Jay Leno on the Tonight show. Keith McAlear, head of Creative Children's Publishing, heard about Chris and contacted the Wolfes to suggest a book. The Montana-based company specializes in books by and for children. It targets distribution through the federally sponsored Reading is Fundamental program, which gives away about 20 million books annually to children from low-income families. "Kids love dinosaurs," McAlear said. The publisher submitted the book to a national contest sponsored by Read America. It was one of 15 books out of about 1,500 entries to win an award, McAlear he said. Meanwhile, Chris returns with his parents to the dinosaur site near the New Mexico-Arizona border at least once a month. Sometimes they go by themselves, sometimes with larger groups of fossil hunters. Zuniceratops remains on his list of favorite dinosaurs, though not as high as predators named Megaraptor and Utahraptor. "I'd like to find a dinosaur that's sort of like a dragon with wings," he said. He speaks with the self-confidence of a boy who is likely to keep climbing a lot more hills.

CYBERIA Wesley Neville is one in a team of experts and researchers from across the country who are working on an exhumation project based in southern Louisiana. The project is designed to interpret the lives and deaths of 18 French Acadians whose bodies were found in two disintegrating grave sites. The bodies will be reintroduced into the genealogical record before being reburied. In an experimental procedure, the photographs of the 3-D clay sculptures will be color-enhanced by a computer. The sculptures also will be age-progressed by computer by using a graphic painting program and may show similarities to recent descendants. In 1847, Sir James Young Simpson, M.D., introduced chloroform. Chloroform, a colorless liquid that produces a vapor that renders you unconscious, began to be widely used for procedures other than childbirth, although a dangerous side effect was its high incidence of liver damage and heart problems. Simpson, born on this date in 1811, was also an archaeologist.

[Editor Note -- Today, archaeology's CRM technical reports have largely replaced chloroform as the preferred method for rendering one unconscious.]