The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America by Keith Stewart Thomson (2009-04-28)

Book The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America by Keith Stewart Thomson (2009-04-28)

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- Publisher: Yale University Press (1829)
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  • By NCstat on February 18, 2013

    I read most of this book while on a train (trains featuring prominently in the book) and kept finding myself looking out my window wistfully as if I might soon arrive in a West that no longer exists in order to dig up dinosaur bones.Overall this book really captured the imagination, with a vivid portrayal of a US that seems long, long ago although really isn't as long ago as one might think. I'm sure that this book could inspire someone into a life of paleontology, and I wasn't joking that I wanted to go out to the desert and dig after reading this.On the downside, it is a long book on a rather esoteric topic, and I occassionally wondered how the author could find so much to right about on such an unusual subject (essentially the history of paleontology in the US) so I don't know if it will appeal to everyone. There are also occassional forays into tangents, which although interesting don't always seem related to the main story.I really enjoy science history/autobiographies, so if that is a genre that appeals to you, I highly recommend adding this one to your list.

  • By Pascal on July 25, 2008

    This book is a journey to the dawn of paleontological fieldwork in NorthAmerica, with emergence of scientific concepts. Indeed a pleasant trip in time and space, when everything was there, in the soil, waiting to be discovered. The reading offers also a lot of colorful events and characters, too.

  • By K. N. on September 23, 2016

    Who knew Thomas Jefferson loved Mastodon's.

  • By Nic on January 11, 2015

    I'm an electrical engineering student so for my history classes I tried to take all of the history of science type classes my university had. My professor required this book. IT IS FREAKING FANTASTIC. It flows pretty well. Sometimes with books that cover both history and science the writing can be dry and tedious, but this was great. When I was a kid I was really into cowboys and the "wild west" but I was also really into astronauts and scientists. This book rekindles that in some of the chapters. There are also some really great photos as well. The topic is really neat and to me it makes paleontology even cooler. If you are looking for a good factual history book to read I highly recommend this. You won't be disappointed, at least I wasn't. It has a lot of good information and much was sourced from primary documents. If you have to read this book for a class, never fear! It's really good and it's not too dry. It really tells the "human" stories about fossils as well as the history of the natural science.My original copy was on a kindle because at the time that was the cheapest edition and I needed 5 or so books for that class alone. I liked this book so much that I'm about to order a used hard cover version. I like kindle books, but I try to get hard copies of the books I really love.

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