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Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs


  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521088176

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  • This is a scholarly yet accessible 1999 biography of a pioneering dinosaur hunter and scholar. Gideon Mantell discovered the Iguanodon (a famous tale and related 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.

    • Presents accurate historical understanding of the early history of dinosaur discovery
    • Original research based on first time examination of Mantell family papers
    • Will appeal to both specialists and non-specialist dinosaur 'buffs'
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    Review of the hardback: ' … builds a rich understanding of a key player in an important evolutionary drama. I recommend it to a broad range of readers, from dinosaur enthusiasts, to historians of science and biologists interested in the roots of our sciences.' John Flynn, Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521088176
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Castle Place
    2. Oryctology
    3. Fossils of the South Downs
    4. Iguanodon
    5. The geology of Sussex
    6. Hylaeosaurus
    7. Old Steine
    8. Wonders of geology
    9. Crescent Lodge
    10. Medals of creation
    11. Chester Square
    12. Petrifactions and Their Teachings
    Epilogue: Norwood Park

  • Author

    Dennis R. Dean

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