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The Resource The first fossil hunters : dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times, Adrienne Mayor ; with a new introduction by the author

The first fossil hunters : dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times, Adrienne Mayor ; with a new introduction by the author

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The first fossil hunters : dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times
Title
The first fossil hunters
Title remainder
dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times
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Adrienne Mayor ; with a new introduction by the author
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Language
eng
Summary
Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants--these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters. Through careful research and meticulous documentation, she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact--in the enormous bones of long-extinct species that were once abundant in the lands of the Greeks and Romans. As Mayor shows, the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands. They frequently encountered the fossilized bones of these primeval beings, and they developed sophisticated concepts to explain the fossil evidence, concepts that were expressed in mythological stories. The legend of the gold-guarding griffin, for example, sprang from tales first told by Scythian gold-miners, who, passing through the Gobi Desert at the foot of the Altai Mountains, encountered the skeletons of Protoceratops and other dinosaurs that littered the ground. Like their modern counterparts, the ancient fossil hunters collected and measured impressive petrified remains and displayed them in temples and museums; they attempted to reconstruct the appearance of these prehistoric creatures and to explain their extinction. Long thought to be fantasy, the remarkably detailed and perceptive Greek and Roman accounts of giant bone finds were actually based on solid paleontological facts. By reading these neglected narratives for the first time in the light of modern scientific discoveries, Adrienne Mayor illuminates a lost world of ancient paleontology
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1946-
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Mayor, Adrienne
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Paleontology
  • Paleontology
  • Science, Ancient
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • NATURE
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Paleontology
  • Science, Ancient
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • Greece
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Ancient History
  • Classical Studies
  • Paläontologie
  • Science, Ancient
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
Label
The first fossil hunters : dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times, Adrienne Mayor ; with a new introduction by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published with subtitle: Paleontology in Greek and Roman times, ©2000. With new introd
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-349) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The gold-guarding griffin : a paleontological legend -- Earthquakes and elephants : prehistoric remains in Mediterranean lands -- Ancient discoveries of giant bones -- Artistic and archaeological evidence for fossil discoveries -- Mythology, natural philosophy, and fossils -- Centaur bones : paleontological fictions -- Appendix 1. Large vertebrate fossil species in the ancient world -- Appendix 2. Ancient testimonia
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ocn751978631
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1 online resource (xxx, 361 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781400838448
Lccn
2013371273
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400838448
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illustrations, maps
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  • 2aa68dc5-267a-41a3-8e48-3da3eff74606
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)751978631
Label
The first fossil hunters : dinosaurs, mammoths, and myth in Greek and Roman times, Adrienne Mayor ; with a new introduction by the author
Publication
Note
Originally published with subtitle: Paleontology in Greek and Roman times, ©2000. With new introd
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-349) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The gold-guarding griffin : a paleontological legend -- Earthquakes and elephants : prehistoric remains in Mediterranean lands -- Ancient discoveries of giant bones -- Artistic and archaeological evidence for fossil discoveries -- Mythology, natural philosophy, and fossils -- Centaur bones : paleontological fictions -- Appendix 1. Large vertebrate fossil species in the ancient world -- Appendix 2. Ancient testimonia
Control code
ocn751978631
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxx, 361 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400838448
Lccn
2013371273
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400838448
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/cttwn3b
  • 2aa68dc5-267a-41a3-8e48-3da3eff74606
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)751978631

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