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The first fossil hunters : paleontology in Greek and Roman times

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants - these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. This title shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Mayor
ISBN: 0691058636 9780691058634 0691089779 9780691089775
OCLC Number: 42061108
Description: xx, 361 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The gold-guarding griffin: a paleontological legend --
Earthquakes and elephants: prehistoric remains in Mediterranean lands --
Ancient discoveries of giant bones --
Artistic and archaeological evidence for fossil discoveries --
Mythology, natural philosophy, and fossils --
Centaur bones: paleontological fictions.
Responsibility: Adrienne Mayor.

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Through research and documentation, this book shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact - in the enormous bones of long-extinct species that were once abundant in  Read more...

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