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

Autore: Keith Stewart Thomson
Editore: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
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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  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Electronic books
History
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Print version:
Thomson, Keith Stewart.
Legacy of the Mastodon.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008
(DLC) 2007037329
(OCoLC)171049906
Tipo materiale: Document, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Internet Resource, Computer File
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Keith Stewart Thomson
ISBN: 9780300151848 0300151845
Numero OCLC: 666928962
Descrizione: 1 online resource (xvii, 386 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., maps.
Contenuti: 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.
Responsabilità: Keith Thomson.

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