House of Lost Worlds

House of Lost Worlds

Dinosaurs, Dynasties, & the Story of Life on Earth

Book - 2016
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This fascinating book tells the story of how one museum changed ideas about dinosaurs, dynasties, and even the story of life on earth. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, now celebrating its 150th anniversary, has remade the way we see the world. Delving into the museum's storied and colorful past, award-winning author Richard Conniff introduces a cast of bold explorers, roughneck bone hunters, and visionary scientists. Some became famous for wresting Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and other dinosaurs from the earth, others pioneered the introduction of science education in North America, and still others rediscovered the long-buried glory of Machu Picchu. In this lively tale of events, achievements, and scandals from throughout the museum's history, readers will encounter renowned paleontologist O.C. Marsh who engaged in ferocious combat with his "Bone Wars" rival Edward Drinker Cope, as well as dozens of other intriguing characters. Nearly 100 color images portray important figures in the Peabody's history and special objects from the museum's 13-million-item collections. For anyone with an interest in exploring, understanding, and protecting the natural world, this book will deliver abundant delights.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300211634
Branch Call Number: 069 C762
Characteristics: xvi, 331 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 26 cm


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Jan 12, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, start to finish. Aside from scientific information about life on our planet hundreds of millions of years ago and why various discoveries (sometimes in our own backyards) are important, it describes university politics and personal relationships and rivalries between the principals. The motivation and the hardships that people endured in the quest for knowledge (or fame) are a story in themselves. A compelling argument is made for the existence of museums, whether as repositories for scientists (with collections rediscovered sometimes 100 years after collection), as entertainment, or education. I have a new perspective on and appreciation for museums and the people who make them possible.


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