Discovering Fossils

How to Find and Identify Remains of the Prehistoric Past

Author: Frank A. Garcia,Donald Stuart Miller

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811728003

Category: Nature

Page: 212

View: 6976


Offers an introduction into fossils and fossil collecting

Divine Action and Natural Selection

Science, Faith, and Evolution

Author: Joseph Seckbach

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9812834354

Category: Electronic books

Page: 1069

View: 6687


The debate between divine action, or faith, and natural selection, or science, is garnering tremendous interest. This book ventures well beyond the usual, contrasting American Protestant and atheistic points of view, and also includes the perspectives of Jews, Muslims, and Roman Catholics. It contains arguments from the various proponents of intelligent design, creationism, and Darwinism, and also covers the sensitive issue of how to incorporate evolution into the secondary school biology curriculum. Comprising contributions from prominent, award-winning authors, the book also contains dialogs following each chapter to provide extra stimulus to the readers and a full picture of this OC hotOCO topic, which delves into the fundamentals of science and religion."

The First Fossil Hunters

Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times

Author: Adrienne Mayor

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400838444

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 6086


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. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters. Through careful research and meticulous documentation, she convincingly 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 the lands of the Greeks and Romans. As Mayor shows, the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands. They frequently encountered the fossilized bones of these primeval beings, and they developed sophisticated concepts to explain the fossil evidence, concepts that were expressed in mythological stories. The legend of the gold-guarding griffin, for example, sprang from tales first told by Scythian gold-miners, who, passing through the Gobi Desert at the foot of the Altai Mountains, encountered the skeletons of Protoceratops and other dinosaurs that littered the ground. Like their modern counterparts, the ancient fossil hunters collected and measured impressive petrified remains and displayed them in temples and museums; they attempted to reconstruct the appearance of these prehistoric creatures and to explain their extinction. Long thought to be fantasy, the remarkably detailed and perceptive Greek and Roman accounts of giant bone finds were actually based on solid paleontological facts. By reading these neglected narratives for the first time in the light of modern scientific discoveries, Adrienne Mayor illuminates a lost world of ancient paleontology.

Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs

Author: Dennis R. Dean

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521420488

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

View: 7274


Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs is a scholarly yet accessible biography--the first in a generation--of a pioneering dinosaur hunter and scholar. Gideon Mantell discovered the Iguanodon (a famous tale set right in this book) and several other dinosaur species, spent over twenty-five years restoring Iguanodon fossils, and helped establish the idea of an Age of Reptiles that ended with their extinction at the conclusion of the Mesozoic Era. He had significant interaction with such well-known figures as James Parkinson, Georges Cuvier, Charles Lyell, Roderick Murchison, Charles Darwin, and Richard Owen. Dennis Dean, a well-known scholar of geology and the Victorian era, here places Mantell's career in its cultural context, employing original research in archives throughout the world, including the previously unexamined Mantell family papers in New Zealand.

Discovering Dinosaurs

Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory

Author: Mark Norell,Eugene S. Gaffney,Lowell Dingus

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520225015

Category: Science

Page: 219

View: 7290


Explains the evolutionary relationship of dinosaurs, answers fifty specific questions about them, profiles forty-one specimens, and describes six expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History.

Bones Rock!

Everything You Need to Know to be a Paleontologist

Author: Peter L. Larson,Kristin Donnan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781931229357

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 204

View: 2752


Shows kids how to dig for, clean, and study fossils. Also teaches kids actual field and lab techniques, how to develop scientific theories, how to incorporate fossils into schoolwork, and how to plan for a future in paleontology.

Arizona, Utah, & NM Parks Guide

Author: Barbara Sinotte

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 1588430049

Category: Travel

Page: 296

View: 3538


Details of all the state and national parks. This describes them all, from the vast national parks to little-visited wilderness preserves. Facilities, hiking trails, fees, campgrounds, fishing, canoeing, history, nearby attractions, directions everything