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The First Fossil Hunters

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400838444
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Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants--these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters. Through careful research and meticulous documentation, she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact--in the enormous bones of long-extinct species that were once abundant in the lands of the Greeks and Romans. As Mayor shows, the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands. They frequently encountered the fossilized bones of these primeval beings, and they developed sophisticated concepts to explain the fossil evidence, concepts that were expressed in mythological stories. The legend of the gold-guarding griffin, for example, sprang from tales first told by Scythian gold-miners, who, passing through the Gobi Desert at the foot of the Altai Mountains, encountered the skeletons of Protoceratops and other dinosaurs that littered the ground. Like their modern counterparts, the ancient fossil hunters collected and measured impressive petrified remains and displayed them in temples and museums; they attempted to reconstruct the appearance of these prehistoric creatures and to explain their extinction. Long thought to be fantasy, the remarkably detailed and perceptive Greek and Roman accounts of giant bone finds were actually based on solid paleontological facts. By reading these neglected narratives for the first time in the light of modern scientific discoveries, Adrienne Mayor illuminates a lost world of ancient paleontology.

The Fossil Hunter

Author: Shelley Emling
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230100978
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At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day. Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton--of an ichthyosaur--while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Until Mary's incredible discovery, it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct. The child of a poor family, Mary became a fossil hunter, inspiring the tongue-twister, "She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore." She attracted the attention of fossil collectors and eventually the scientific world. Once news of the fossils reached the halls of academia, it became impossible to ignore the truth. Mary's peculiar finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, laid out in his On the Origin of Species. Darwin drew on Mary's fossilized creatures as irrefutable evidence that life in the past was nothing like life in the present. A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of this young girl, with dirt under her fingernails and not a shilling to buy dinner, who became a world-renowned paleontologist. Dickens himself said of Mary: "The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it." Here at last, Shelley Emling returns Mary Anning, of whom Stephen J. Gould remarked, is "probably the most important unsung (or inadequately sung) collecting force in the history of paleontology," to her deserved place in history.

Fossil Hunter

Author: Thomas W. Goodhue
Publisher: Academica PressLlc
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Description: This is the first modern biography of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis (England) the first woman and one of the very first professional paleontologists. Goodhue's research fills in the personal and professional accomplishments of this eminent Victorian.

Zwei Bemerkenswerte Frauen

Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 3641119170
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England im 19. Jahrhundert: zwei ungewöhnliche Frauen und ein spektakulärer Fund am Strand England, 1830: Elizabeth Philpot, eine junge Frau aus besseren Kreisen, deren Familienerbe nicht zu einem standesgemäßen Leben in London reicht, wird von ihrem Bruder in den kleinen südenglischen Küstenort Lyme Regis abgeschoben. Was ihr zunächst wie eine Verbannung vorkommt, erweist sich als glückliche Fügung, denn am Strand nehmen seltsame Steine sie völlig gefangen: Fossilien. Und hier in Lyme Regis begegnet sie Mary, einem Mädchen aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen, das die Familie mit dem Verkauf von Fossilien über Wasser hält und dabei spektakuläre Funde macht. Die beiden so unterschiedlichen Frauen widmen ihr Leben den rätselhaften Versteinerungen. Doch dann verlieben sich beide in denselben Mann.

The Story Of Life In 25 Fossils

Author: Donald R. Prothero
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231539428
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Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery of these objects and fully interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a riveting history of life on our planet. The twenty-five fossils portrayed in this book catch animals in their evolutionary splendor as they transition from one kind of organism to another. We witness extinct plants and animals of microscopic and immense size and thrilling diversity. We learn about fantastic land and sea creatures that have no match in nature today. Along the way, we encounter such fascinating fossils as the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the giant shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle on the Half-Shell"; enormous marine reptiles and the biggest dinosaurs known; the first bird, Archaeopteryx; the walking whale Ambulocetus; the gigantic hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and learn about the larger intellectual and social contexts in which their discoveries were made. Finally, we find out where to see these splendid fossils in the world's great museums. Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and delight in the history of science, this book makes a treasured addition to any bookshelf, stoking curiosity in the evolution of life on Earth.

The Sternberg Fossil Hunters

Author: Katherine Rogers
Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780878424047
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Science meets the great outdoors in this personal perspective of the Sternbergs, Charles and his three sons--George, Charlie and Levi--who formed the world's first family-run fossil-hunting business. From the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, the Sternber

Fossil Legends Of The First Americans

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400849314
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The burnt-red badlands of Montana's Hell Creek are a vast graveyard of the Cretaceous dinosaurs that lived 68 million years ago. Those hills were, much later, also home to the Sioux, the Crows, and the Blackfeet, the first people to encounter the dinosaur fossils exposed by the elements. What did Native Americans make of these stone skeletons, and how did they explain the teeth and claws of gargantuan animals no one had seen alive? Did they speculate about their deaths? Did they collect fossils? Beginning in the East, with its Ice Age monsters, and ending in the West, where dinosaurs lived and died, this richly illustrated and elegantly written book examines the discoveries of enormous bones and uses of fossils for medicine, hunting magic, and spells. Well before Columbus, Native Americans observed the mysterious petrified remains of extinct creatures and sought to understand their transformation to stone. In perceptive creation stories, they visualized the remains of extinct mammoths, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine creatures as Monster Bears, Giant Lizards, Thunder Birds, and Water Monsters. Their insights, some so sophisticated that they anticipate modern scientific theories, were passed down in oral histories over many centuries. Drawing on historical sources, archaeology, traditional accounts, and extensive personal interviews, Adrienne Mayor takes us from Aztec and Inca fossil tales to the traditions of the Iroquois, Navajos, Apaches, Cheyennes, and Pawnees. Fossil Legends of the First Americans represents a major step forward in our understanding of how humans made sense of fossils before evolutionary theory developed.

Fossil Hunters

Author: Richard Spilsbury
Publisher: Raintree
ISBN: 1474746640
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Amazing creatures have roamed our planet for millions of years. Many species from long ago have since become extinct. However, thanks to the adventurous work of some amazing fossil hunters we can study the fossils of these ancient species. Learn all about archeaologists and their incredible discoveries from the past, from tiny insects to giant sharks.

The Life Of A Fossil Hunter

Author: Charles H. Sternberg
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
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I wish to call the attention of the reader of my story “The Life of a Fossil Hunter” to the fact that I am under obligations especially to Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn, President and Curator of Paleontology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has supplied me with many of the most beautiful of the illustrations that illumine these pages and has assisted the work in many ways.