The Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story Of Scientific Rivalry And The Discovery Of The Prehistoric World
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 02 July 2001
- Archaeology By Period / Region
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Chock full of dinosaurs! And cool 19th century science, when everything was a curiosity. So it's England and people have just started to realize that you could put fossils together to get giant skeletons. I was thinking about how insane that must have been -- nowadays, if you found a fossilized dinosaur skeleton in your backyard, it would be amazing but at least you'd start from the point of knowing what a dinosaur WAS. Imagine not knowing what dinosaurs were, and then finding the skeleton and realizing you had a FREAKISHLY GIANT LIZARD on your hands. This book mostly focused on Gideon Mantell, a mostly self-taught amateur fossil-hunter, and Richard Owen, also brilliant but apparently a bit of a jerk who did not play well with others. Overall, the book was interesting and painted a very understandable picture of the context in which this study and research was happening -- they were wrong about a lot of things (we now know), but the incredible thing is how much they got <i>right</i>.
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