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The legacy of the Mastodon : the golden age of fossils in America

Author: Keith Stewart Thomson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The uncovering in the mid-1700s of fossilized mastodon bones and teeth at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky, signaled the beginning of a great American adventure. The West was opening up, and unexplored lands beckoned. Unimagined paleontological treasures awaited discovery: strange horned mammals, birds with teeth, flying reptiles, gigantic fish, diminutive ancestors of horses and camels, and more than a hundred different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Stewart Thomson
ISBN: 9780300117042 0300117043 9780300151299 0300151292
OCLC Number: 171049906
Description: xvii, 386 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. one: The Jeffersonians --
Fossil hunters on the frontier --
Big Bone Lick --
Franklin, Jefferson, and the incognitum --
Jefferson's "great-claw" and a world about to change --
The first American dinosaurs: an eighteenth-century mystery story --
Fossils and show business: Mr. Peale's Mastodon --
pt. two: Fossils and geology --
Fossils and extinction: dangerous ideas --
Mary Anning's world --
An American natural science --
An American geology --
Bad lands: no time for ideas --
Dr. Leidy's dinosaur --
Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden --
pt. three: Giant Saurians and horned mammals --
Kansas and a new regime --
Entry of the gladiators --
Riding the rails --
The first Yale college expedition --
The competition begins --
Buffalo land: who was Professor Paleozoic? --
1872: the year of conflict --
The case of the great horned mammals --
Going separate ways --
Two into four won't go --
To the Black Hills --
To the Judith River --
pt. four: Toward the twentieth century --
The rise of dinosaurs --
The good, the bad, and the ugly --
Going public --
1890: the end of the beginning --
Appendixes --
The geological column --
Leidy on evolution --
Cope on evolution.
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Tells the story of the period of fossil discovery in American history, the years from 1750 to 1890. This volume provides descriptions of the work of prospecting for fossils and offers portraits of  Read more...

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"Professor Thomson writes with authority, enthusiasm, and impressive breadth on the history of paleontology in America, which often reads like an epic adventure story."--Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Read more...

 
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