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Dragon Seekers
By Christopher McGowan

The Dragon Seekers

How an Extraordinary Cicle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

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Dragon Seekers by 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 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780738206738
ISBN-10: 0738206733
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Dinosaurs, Spitfires and Sea Dragons by Christopher McGowan Dinosaurs, Spitfires and Sea Dragons, Paperback (September 1992)

A study of some of the mysteries about dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles. It makes comparisons between living and extinct animals, as well as drawing on science and engineering concepts to explain curiosities such as similarities between the aerodynamics of pteranodons and Spitfire planes.

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Author Biography - Christopher McGowan

Christopher McGowan is a full professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto and Senior Curator of Paleobiology at the Royal Ontario Museum. He is the author of ten other books, including The Raptor and the Lamb and Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons.

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