9780691058634-0691058636-The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times.

The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times.

ISBN-13: 9780691058634
ISBN-10: 0691058636
Edition: 1st
Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 384 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691058634
ISBN-10: 0691058636
Edition: 1st
Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 384 pages

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Acknowledged author Adrienne Mayor wrote The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. comprising 384 pages back in 2000. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691058636 and 9780691058634. Since then The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Griffins, Centaurs, Cyclopes, 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. As Peter Dodson writes in his Foreword, "Paleontologists, classicists, and historians as well as natural history buffs will read this book with the greatest of delight--surprises abound."

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