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The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin | [Christopher McGowan]

The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary group of scientists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world - a world that they had to piece together from the fossilized, fragmentary remains of animals no one had ever seen.
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In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary group of scientists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world - a world that they had to piece together from the fossilized, fragmentary remains of animals no one had ever seen.

These 19th-century pioneers were an eccentric lot that included a working-class woman, an Oxford professor with a theatrical bent, a crisis-ridden country doctor who was never quite accepted among London's scientific elite, and an expert anatomist who once dissected a rhino in his living room.

These were the Dragon Seekers, the people who brought the myths to life and whose work, within a populace raised on a literal interpretation of Genesis, laid the groundwork for the revolutionary ideas of Darwin.

©2001 Christopher McGowan; (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Langton's clear, precise, British-accented narration makes the occasionally technical information easy to absorb. He readily conveys McGowan's passionate regard for his subject and his obvious frustration with the limitations placed on the discoveries because of biblical interpretations." (Booklist)
"Stuart Langton's reading is admirably straightforward. He speaks clearly, seems comfortable with reptilian nomenclature, and tells the story in a full-speed-ahead manner." (AudioFile)

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    "Primer for books on Darwin"

    This book presents the thinking & the groundwork for the period immediately before Darwin's 1859 book "On the Origin of Species". Darwin conceived his theory in 1838 but said that if he had published 20 years earlier the world wouldn't have been ready for it. The narration is excellent but even better are the short parenthetical explanations of technical terms which are slipped in as if they were a natural part of the writing.

    THIS TECHNIQUE WHICH SHOULD BE USED IN ALL AUDIOBOOKS WITH A TECHNICAL BENT.

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL, United States 09-24-10
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    "Excellent non-fiction history of science title"

    Very good listen. Infrequently dry but always engaging, this book covers a realm of the history of science that's generally left out, namely some of fascinating characters who made up the early fossilists. Highly recommended for anyone interested in science.

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    Kimra Tuscola, TX, United States 06-20-11
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    "Dragon Seekers"

    Overall it was an ok book. The topic is interesting in the fact these were some of the early leaders in the field and it was starting to come of age. I got stuck in the more detailed than I needed descriptions of the various fossils. Overall I was glad I took the time to listen in.

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