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Reviving a long lost fascination.,
This review is from: The Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric World (Hardcover)
35 years ago I loved dinosaurs. Then I grew up a bit. I forgot that I was fascinated by pictures of a world long lost. Now I have a four year old son and guess what? He loves dinosaurs.
Sitting with him looking at pictures like the ones I looked at as a child has seen my fascination resurface but, hopefully, along more adult lines.
I wanted to find out more of the history of paleontology and the early pioneers of the science. This book fits the bill admirably. It binds together and winds between the lives of some of the earliest fossil hunters from Mary Anning, digging to live, to the French scientist Cuvier, at the peak of his fame and courted around the world. The Machevellian political manouevres of Richard Owen and the obsessive devotion to science of Gideon Mantell.
The first half of the nineteenth century was an era of momentous change in Britain and the world with industrial revolution and theories of evolution profoundly challenging the way we look at the world we inhabit. This book neatly sets out the role the new science of geology played in that time.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2014 07:46:58 GMT
Can I ask what aspects of the dinosaurs that you and your son find so fascinating? I am attempting to understand why dinosaurs grab the imagination of very young children. Leigh M
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