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The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times
Borító: Fűzött
ISBN: 9780691089775
Nyelv: angol
Méret: 152
Tömeg: 605 g
Oldalszám: 384
Megjelenés éve: 2001
5 961 Ft
4 173 Ft

The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

"In this wonderful book, Adrienne Mayor successfully convinces us that some of our most treasured mythical creatures really were based on the skeletons of extinct animals. It is the best account ever concerning the real meaning of mythical creatures. And Mayor has succeeded in setting the history of paleontology on its ear: the art of skeletal restoration was not invented in the western world." (Jack Horner, Museum of the Rockies, author of Dinosaur Lives)"Adrienne Mayor`s sometimes provocative and always fascinating blend of history, mythology, and science offers a uniquely enriched dimension to the quest for fossils." (Michael Novacek, American Museum of Natural History) "The Greeks were not the only peoples of antiquity to exploit the past in the interests of devising myth and history, but they were among the most ingenious about it, and recorded their views. Adrienne Mayor has uncovered a barely noticed source for many of the myths of the Old World, and for the first time has assembled in an orderly way the evidence for early man`s discovery of and explanations for fossil remains. This is a skillful blend of science, history and imagination which adds a chapter to the history of man`s ingenuity, from Central Asia to Greece, to Egypt. Many texts, sites, and pictures will never seem quite the same again, after this very thorough and very lively scholarly excursion into a disregarded source of myth-making." (John Boardman, Oxford University) "Mayor catches one`s attention with her first sentence and doesn`t let go until the end . . . In addition to being lively and intelligent, the writing is honest and persuasive. Bringing together classics, archaeology, and paleontology in an original synthesis, Mayor exemplifies in her own research her plea that these fields should profitably confer with one another much more than they do." (William Hansen, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Foreword: Stones, Bones, and Exotic Creatures of the Past by Peter Dodson xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Geological Time Scale 2
Introduction 3
Historical Time Line 11
CHAPTER 1. The Gold-Guarding Griffin: A Paleontological Legend 15
CHAPTER 2. Earthquakes and Elephants: Prehistoric Remains in Mediterranean Lands 54
CHAPTER 3. Ancient Discoveries of Giant Bones 104
CHAPTER 4. Artistic and Archaeological Evidence for Fossil Discoveries 157
CHAPTER 5. Mythology, Natural Philosophy, and Fossils 192
CHAPTER 6. Centaur Bones: Paleontological Fictions 228
APPENDIX 1. Large Vertebrate Fossil Species in the Ancient World 255
APPENDIX 2. Ancient Testimonia 260
Notes 283
Works Cited 333
Index 351

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