Synopses & Reviews
Whether dodging bullets in West Africa, or rabid dogs in Pakistan, surviving yak-butter tea in Tibet, or eating raw fish in China, the life of a globe-trotting fossil hunter is often hazardous and always filled with surprises. Travels with the Fossil Hunters lets readers share the wonder, joys of discovery, and excitement of these intrepid scientists. Packed with more than 100 beautiful, full-color photographs, the volume takes readers on twelve expeditions to remote parts of the world in search of diverse fossil remains, from those of dinosaurs to human ancestors. Each expedition by paleontologists from London's Natural History Museum reveals the problems and challenges of working in extreme conditions, from the deserts of the Sahara and Yemen to the frozen wastes of Antarctica, from the mountains of India to the forests of Latvia. Along the way they also describe the paleontology and geology of the countries they visit and the scientific reasons for their expeditions. With a foreword from Sir David Attenborough and an introduction from Richard Fortey, this fascinating book will appeal to amateur and professional fossil hunters alike and to readers interested in accounts of exotic locales. Peter Whybrow is a research scientist at the Natural History Museum, London. His research interests include Arabian Miocene vertebrates, paleoclimates, paleogeography, and biotic diversity. He is senior editor with A. Hill of Fossil Vertebrates of Arabia (Yale University Press, New Haven, 1999).
"There also are great photos showing the work being done and the sometimes primitive, isolated conditions under which these explorers work and live." San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune"Twelve essays by British paleontologists--each more colorful, humorous, or exciting than the one before...heightening the impact of the stories is an abundance of beautiful, colorful photos of the places, the people, and the fossils...entertaining." School Library Journal"An easy, entertaining and instructive read that will appeal to a diverse audience. Instructors in introductory geology courses and paleontology looking for way to give their students a feel for the excitement and adventure of fieldwork will find this book a good resource." Journal of Geoscience Education"After reading this volume, no one will ever walk by a museum specimen without pausing to reflect on its own story of discovery and the people that made it possible." Science Books &Films"Travels with Fossil Hunters is an interesting and colorful (both in text and in photographs) sojourn to places where many of us can only hope to see." Canadian Palaeobiology"Twelve British palenontologists -- one woman, eleven men -- share their stories of expeditions in Tibet, the Sahara, Gibraltar, Latvia, Abu Dhabi, Sierra Leone, India, China, Pakistan, Antarctica, and Yemen. Many of their tales would curl the hair of Indiana Jones -- especially those involving stray bullets and revolutionaries. Paleontologists and their students will especially appreciate (even benefit from) these highly entertaining essays." Book News, Inc."In all, this book provides an interesting insight into somw of the customs and local colour of several of the countries visited by the author" Geological Magazine July 2001
Copiously illustrated stories of remote palaeontological expeditions, for anyone interested in travelling and fossils.
This title contains copiously illustrated stories of remote palaeontological expeditions, for anyone interested in travelling and fossils.
Twelve stories of the problems, curiosities and geology that palaeontologists encounter working in extreme field conditions, from desert to frozen waste, from mountain to forest. Copiously illustrated and with a foreword from David Attenborough, this fascinating book will appeal to anyone interested in travelling and fossils, amateurs and professionals alike.
Travels with the Fossil Hunters tells twelve stories of the problems and curiosities palaeontologists encounter whilst working in extreme field conditions, from the deserts of Yemen to the frozen wastes of Antarctica, from the mountains of Tibet to the forests of Latvia. They also describe the palaeontology and geology of the countries they visit and the scientific reasons for their expeditions. Copiously illustrated with spectacular colour photographs and with a foreword from David Attenborough, this fascinating book will appeal to anyone interested in travelling and fossils, amateurs and professionals alike.