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King of the Dinosaur Hunters - The Life of John Bell Hatcher and the Discoveries that Shaped Paleontology

King of the Dinosaur Hunters - The Life of John Bell Hatcher and the Discoveries that Shaped Paleontology

The story of the extraordinary adventures behind the man who has discovered some of the amazing wonders of natural history.

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ISBN 9781681778655
Barcode 9781681778655
Published 3 January 2019 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dingus, Lowell
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ISBN-13 9781681778655
ISBN-10 1681778653
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Pegasus Books
Publication Date 3 January 2019
International Publication Date 4 December 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dingus, Lowell
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
History Of Engineering & Technology
Dinosaurs & The Prehistoric World
Number of Pages 544
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 237mm
Spine: 43mm
Weight 778g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Paleontologists - Biography - United States, Paleontology - History - United States
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 560.92
Catalogue Code 976407

Description of this Book

Every year millions of museum visitors marvel at the skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures discovered by John Bell Hatcher. The life of the King of Collectors is every bit as fascinating as the mighty bones and fossils he unearthed. Hatcher helped discover and mount much of the Carnegie Museum's world famous, 150 million-year-old skeleton of Diplodocus, a slender-necked, long-tailed, plant-eater whose skeleton has captivated our collective imaginations for more than a century. But that wasn't all Hatcher discovered. During a now legendary collecting campaign in Wyoming between 1889 and 1892, Hatcher discovered a 66 million-year-old horned dinosaur, Torosaurus, as well as the first scientifically significant set of skeletons from its evolutionary cousin, Triceratops. Refusing to restrict his talents to enormous dinosaurs, he also discovered the first significant sample of mammal teeth from our relatives that lived 66 million years ago. The teeth might have been minute, but this extraordinary discovery filled a key gap in humanity's own evolutionary history. Hatcher's discoveries form the bases of some of the most beloved and well-known collections and institutions in the world-Yale, The Peabody Museum, Princeton University, the Carnegie Museum, and more. Nearly one hundred and twenty-five years after Hatcher's monumental hunts ended, acclaimed paleontologist Lowell Dingus invites us to revisit Hatcher's captivating expeditions and marvel at this real-life Indiana Jones and the vital role he played in our understanding of paleontology.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A rollicking recollection. Does justice to the unconventional, many-faceted if somewhat mysterious Barnum Brown. The definitive account of the life and times of a singular man and a superlative fossil hunter.

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Author's Bio

Lowell Dingus, Ph.D., is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as well as at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has directed numerous significant fossil exhibits and has led various paleontological expeditions around the world, including the Patagonian excavation that uncovered the first fossilized skin from an embryonic dinosaur. He has coauthored several books, including Walking on Eggs and The Mistaken Extinction. Lowell lives in New York City.

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