The Dragon Seekers: How An Extraordinary Cicle Of Fossilists Discovered The Dinosaurs And Paved The Way For Darwin

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Basic Books, Apr 21, 2009 - Science - 272 pages
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Against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary circle of fossilists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world--a world they had to piece together from the fossilized and often fragmentary remains of animals never before seen. In this transporting, seamlessly written book, Christopher McGowan takes us back to a time when geology and paleontology were as young and vibrant as genetic engineering is today. The nineteenth-century pioneers of these new disciplines were an eccentric lot, from different social classes and sexes, with a range of motivations in fossil hunting. These "Dragon Seekers" sought to persuade a populace raised on a literal interpretation of Genesis that the ground they walked was once a very frightening and unfamiliar place. A sweeping narrative history, The Dragon Seekers shows how these remarkable characters forever changed our interpretation of the world and its inhabitants.
  

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Review: The Dragon Seekers: How An Extraordinary Circle Of Fossilists Discovered The Dinosaurs And Paved The Way For Darwin

User Review  - Michael Anderson - Goodreads

Fascinating book about the British origins of paleontology in the half-century before Darwin, relationships among the major players of the day, how religious beliefs affected the thinking of the early ... Read full review

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a book about the origins of paleontology as a discipline! super-interesting! i mean, imagining to be among the first people to dig a collection of bones out of a cliff & realize that you are seeing ... Read full review

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Contents

In the Beginning
4
Dragons by the Sea
14
The Scriptures and the Rocks
32
Chalk Pits and Leeches
44
The World of Darkness
54
Revelation
68
The Tooth of the Iguana
84
Just Causes
96
Mr König Regrets
136
The Professor and the Naturalist
152
Landslides Glaciers and Riots
168
Of Dinosaurs and Species
178
Decline and Fall
196
Beside the Sea
206
Notes
222
Sources of Illustrations and Credits
242

More Giants
108
Improving on Nature
120

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About the author (2009)

Christopher McGowan is a full professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto and Senior Curator of Paleobiology at the Royal Ontario Museum. He is the author of ten other books, including The Raptor and the Lamb and Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons.

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