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By Keith Stewart Thomson

The uncovering within the mid-1700s of fossilized mastodon bones and enamel at vast Bone Lick, Kentucky, signaled the start of a good American experience. The West used to be beginning up and unexplored lands beckoned. Unimagined paleontological treasures awaited discovery: unusual horned mammals, birds with the teeth, flying reptiles, enormous fish, diminutive ancestors of horses and camels, and greater than 100 other forms of dinosaurs. This interesting publication tells the tale of the grandest interval of fossil discovery in American background, the years from 1750 to 1890.
The quantity starts with Thomas Jefferson, whose willing curiosity within the American mastodon led him to champion the research of fossil vertebrates. The publication maintains with brilliant descriptions of the particular paintings of prospecting for fossils--a choose in a single hand, a rifle within the other--and captivating pix of Joseph Leidy, Ferdinand Hayden, Edward Cope, and Othniel Marsh between different significant figures within the improvement of the technological know-how of paleontology. laying off new mild on those scientists’ feuds and rivalries, at the connections among fossil experiences in Europe and the United States, and on paleontology’s contributions to America’s constructing nationwide id, The Legacy of the Mastodon is itself a superb discovery for each reader to treasure.

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