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Time Traveler: In Search of Dinosaurs and Other Fossils from Montana to Mongoliaby Michael J. Novacek
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“A superb introduction to paleontology as it really is and how it is done, from fish to dinosaur, bird, and mammal.” —Edward O. Wilson
Michael Novacek, a renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. Time Traveler is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. Novacek writes of the alluring perils of fieldwork with affection and discernment, and he illuminates the most exciting issues in paleontology today.
"A superb introduction to paleontology as it really is and how it is done, from fish to dinosaur, bird, and mammal." Edward O. Wilson
"[H]is explanations of Carbon-14 dating, geological development, ancient magnetic forces and paleontological history are clear and dynamic with hard-grit adventure, making for a passionate memoir that readers will find appealing, especially, perhaps, young 'dinophiles' in search of a vocation." Publishers Weekly
"[M]ost of Novacek's book reads like an Indiana Jones movie script. His fieldwork has taken him to some of the most politically unstable and dangerous places in the world Yemen, Patagonia, Mongolia which hold some of the most important fossil finds relating to the evolution of mammals and how dinosaurs lived, died, reproduced, and cared for their young." Library Journal
"Interweaving his adventures with explanations of where his finds fit into the geologic past, Novacek has combined the comedic with the informative in this entertaining survey of his career." Booklist
Palaeontologist Michael Novacek is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. This book is his account of how a boyhood passion for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science.
In this captivating account, a renowned paleontologist relates how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. 25 illustrations. 5 maps.
About the Author
Michael Novacek is curator of paleontology as well as senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in New York City.
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