Synopses & Reviews
From 1907 to 1931 at Tendaguru, a remote site in present-day Tanzania, teams of German (and later British) paleontologists unearthed 220 tons of fossils, including the bones of a new dinosaur, one of the largest then known. For decades the mounted skeleton of this giant, Brachiosaurus, was the largest skeleton of a land animal on exhibit in the world. The dinosaur and other animal fossils found at Tendaguru form one of the cornerstones of our understanding of life in the Mesozoic era. Visited sporadically during the '30s and '40s, Tendaguru again became the site of scientific interest late in the 20th century. African Dinosaurs Unearthed tells the story of driven scientific adventurers working under difficult conditions and often paying the price with their health--and sometimes with their lives. Set against the background of a troubled century, the book reveals how scientific endeavors were carried on through war and political turmoil, and continue into the present day.
"The volume will certainly be the standard reference on the history of Tendaguru from here on... I thoroughly enjoyed African Dinosaurs Unearthed and recommend it to anyone interested in the history of research on Mesozoic fauna." --The Palaeontological Association Newsletter Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
Includes bibliographical references (p. -370) and index.
About the Author
Gerhard Maier has spent ten years working in archaeology and vertebrate paleontology. Formerly a technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, he now works as a data analyst for a major oil company. A lifelong interest in dinosaurs, travel, and history has culminated in this volume.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
1. 1907: Fraas and Something Curious in the African Bush
2. 1908: Von Branca and a Matter of National Honour
3. 1909: Janensch, Hennig, and a Cemetery of Giants
4. 1909-1910: Geology in the Rain and Comets, Stegosaurs, and Iguanodonts
5. 1911: Along the Railway and Expansion, Exhaustion, and Completion?
6. 1911-1912: A Museum Overflows - The Recks find Iguanodonts, Pterosaurs, and a Fossilized Forest
7. 1913-1918: Fresh Discoveries and a Bitter War
8. 1919-1924: The British Museum in Tanganyika Territory
9. 1924-1925: Cutler, Leakey, and a Difficult Start
10. 1925: Berlin Builds Dinosaurs
11. 1925: A Death in Africa
12. 1925: Migeod - A New Recruit
13. 1925-1926: An Expedition Saved
14. 1926-1927: Berlin in Chaos and Parkinson Reviews Stratigraphy
15. 1927-1929: Kenyan Interlude, Geology at Tendaguru, and Desperate Finances
16. 1929: Migeod Returns
17. 1930: Migeod and Parrington, Tendaguru and Nyasaland
18. 1931-1939: Hennig Returns and Berlin's Museum Triumphs
19. 1939-1976: Destruction and Renewal
20. 1971-2001: Russell to Africa, Brachiosaurus to Tokyo, Berlin to Tendaguru
21. A Significant Contribution