The Dragon Seekers - How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

By: McGowan, Christopher

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Illustrated, 8vo, pp xvi, 254, paperback, a very good copy. [Postage will be reduced - please enquire]. {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.}

Title: The Dragon Seekers - How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

Author Name: McGowan, Christopher

Categories: Geology,

Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Perseus Publishing: 2001

ISBN Number: 0738202827

ISBN Number 13: 9780738202822

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: As New

Seller ID: 002636

Keywords: EVOLUTION. DINOSAURS. GEOLOGY. history science.