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The dragon seekers : how an extraordinary circle of fossilists discovered the dinosaurs and paved the way for Darwin

Author: Christopher McGowan
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 ... book, [the author] takes us back to a time when geology and paleontology were as young and vibrant as genetic engineering is today. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher McGowan
OCLC Number: 51945550
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Publishing, ©2001.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: In the beginning --
Dragons by the sea --
Scriptures and the rocks --
Chalk pits and leeches --
World of darkness --
Revelation --
Tooth of the Iguana --
Just causes --
More giants --
Improving on nature --
Mr. Konig Regrets --
Professor and the naturalist --
Landslides, glaciers, and riots --
Of Dinosaurs and species --
Decline and fall --
Beside the sea.
Responsibility: Christopher McGowan.

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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 ... book, [the author] 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 book] shows how these remarkable characters forever changed our interpretation of the world and its inhabitants.-Back cover.

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