Illustrated with 30 rare documents, photographs and hand-drawn maps, The Dinosaur Hunters explores the unearthing of Iguanodon teeth, the discovery of the first flying dinosaur, the infamous Bone Wars and Mark Norell's radical study of feathered dinosaurs, and much more.
Dinosaur bones had been found centuries before scientists understood what they were and what creatures they came from; ancient Chinese writings spoke of 'dragon' bones, and large fossils discovered in the UK were thought to belong to human giants. It was only with the exploration and meticulous research of generations of intrepid palaeontologists that the truth about dinosaurs was discovered.
The Dinosaur Hunters tells the story of these discoverers of prehistoric life, and the revelations found through their research. Illustrated with 30 rare documents, photographs and hand-drawn maps, it explores the unearthing of Iguanodon teeth, the discovery of the first flying dinosaur, the infamous Bone Wars and consultant editor Dr Mark Norell's radical study of feathered dinosaurs. This is a tale of daring exploits, luck, science and wanderlust, and of the thrilling lives and work of heroic scientists and adventurers.
Dr Lowell Dingus is a Research Associate in Paleontology at the AMNH. He has participated in many expeditions and in 1997 he co-led the team that discovered the first sauropod dinosaur embryos in Argentina. Dr Dingus has written Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurs rex (2010) and Dinosaur Eggs Discovered (2007).
Table Of Contents:
The Delicate Roots of Palaeontology • From a Dubious Start, Giants Slowly Emerge • The Rise of the Lizard-Like Dinosaurs • The Concept of 'Terrible Reptiles' • Flying Dinosaurs? • A Revolutionary Portrait • Titans of American Palaeontology Boom to Bust • Titans of American Palaeontology Bust to Boom • The Great American Bone Wars • The 'First Family' of Dinosaur Collecting • King of Collectors • Clues Contained in Trace Fossils • Discovery and Destruction • Immense Beasts from Equatorial Africa • To the Heart of Asia • The First Family Portrait • Dinosaurs Return to the Global Stage • A Modern-day Makeover • Following in Andrews' Footsteps and Beyond • Unscrambling a Mystery • Extreme Dinosaurs • Asian Windows on the Mesozoic World • Flocks of Fabulous Fossils • The Tiniest Giants • African Evolution • The Great Murder Mystery • Jurassic Park.