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Travels with the Fossil Hunters By Edited by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London)

Travels with the Fossil Hunters
by Edited by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London)

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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.
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Travels with the Fossil Hunters by Edited by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London)

Travels with the Fossil Hunters tells twelve stories of expeditions to remote parts of the world in search of diverse fossils such as dinosaurs and human ancestors. Palaeontologists relate the problems and curiosities they encounter whilst 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. They tell us what field expeditions are really like: dodging bullets in West Africa or rabid dogs in Pakistan, surviving yak-butter tea in Tibet or raw fish in China. Along the way 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 and an introduction from Richard Fortey, this fascinating book will appeal to anyone interested in travelling and fossils, amateurs and professionals alike.

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Travels with the Fossil Hunters Reviews

' ... a collection of well written entertaining accounts ... a good-humoured and enlightening read!' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
' ... the modern counterpart of Shackleton's South or Humboldt's earlier travels in South America. ... The fossil hunters here are ordinary palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum in London, and this book documents their travels to every corner of the globe. And, while some imagine the next find as potentially turning the science upside down, the discoveries charted here are personal and concern people and cultures as much as fossils ...'. The Times Literary Supplement
'... a fun book to read, and will be of interest to professionals and amateurs alike.' Palaeontologia Electronica
'This is a beautiful book. At first glance it looks like a rather glossy coffee table book, but when you stop looking at the numerous spectacular colour photographs and start to read the fascinating accounts of twelve British palaeontologists working in remote areas of the globe, you realise that it is much more than that! Armchair travellers will delight in the glimpses of other cultures and far flung places.' Mary Howie, OUGS Journal
"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

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir David Attenbourgh; Introduction Richard Fortey; 1. Across Tibet by jeep, pony and foot Andrew Smith; 2. Fishing - and some dinosaurs - in the Sahara Alison Longbottom and Angela Milner; 3. Digging the rock Chris Stringer; 4. A summer in Latvia Per Erik Ahlberg; 5. Brains in Abu Dhabi's desert Peter J. Whybrow; 6. Thomas Hardy, Driver ants and some West African fossils Steve Culver; 7. Two passages to India Paul D. Taylor; 8. Digging for dragons in China Angela Milner; 9. Close encounterrs in Pakistan Peter J. Whybrow; 10. The day of a thousand fossils Peter Andrews; 11. Ancient bones in the frozen continent Jerry Hooker; 12. Arabia Felix, fossilised fruits and the price of frogs Peter J. Whybrow; Postscript; Index.

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Travels with the Fossil Hunters by Edited by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London)
Edited by Peter J. Whybrow (Natural History Museum, London)
Used - Very Good
Cambridge University Press
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