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New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams delves into the surprisingly perilous world of fossil collectors in this riveting true tale. In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: `a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton'. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar - a close ...
The Dinosaur Artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy
New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams delves into the surprisingly perilous world of fossil collectors in this riveting true tale. In 2012, a New York auction catalogue boasted an unusual offering: `a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton'. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar - a close cousin to the more-famous T. rex - that had been unearthed in Mongolia. At 2.4 metres high and 7.3 metres long, the specimen was spectacular, and the winning bid was over $1 million. Eric Prokopi, a 38-year-old Floridian, had brought this extraordinary skeleton to market. A one-time swimmer who'd spent his teenage years diving for shark teeth, Prokopi's singular obsession with fossils fuelled a thriving business, hunting for, preparing, and selling specimens to clients ranging from natural-history museums to avid private collectors like Leonardo DiCaprio. But had Prokopi gone too far this time? As the T. bataar went to auction, a network of paleontologists alerted the government of Mongolia to the eye-catching lot. An international custody battle ensued, with Prokopi watching as his own world unravelled. The Dinosaur Artist is a stunning work of narrative journalism about humans' relationship with natural history, and about a seemingly intractable conflict between science and commerce. A story that stretches from Florida's Land O' Lakes to the Gobi Desert, The Dinosaur Artist illuminates the history of fossil collecting - a murky, sometimes risky business, populated by eccentrics and obsessives, where the lines between poacher and hunter, collector and smuggler, and enthusiast and opportunist can easily blur.
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25.58 USD

The Dinosaur Artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth's ultimate trophy

by Paige Williams
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This book provides practical morphological information, together with detailed illustrations and concise texts explaining each entry. The book details the morphological characters of each organism, providing fundamental information for palaeontologists and palaeobiologists alike. Each chapter starts with a brief introduction and goes on to describe the organism's morphology in detail, ...
Fundamentals of Invertebrate Palaeontology: Macrofossils
This book provides practical morphological information, together with detailed illustrations and concise texts explaining each entry. The book details the morphological characters of each organism, providing fundamental information for palaeontologists and palaeobiologists alike. Each chapter starts with a brief introduction and goes on to describe the organism's morphology in detail, followed by a brief note on classification and lastly illustrated examples of stratigraphically important organisms through time along with their major distinguishing characters. The book includes over 3000 clearly labelled, hand-drawn and classroom-friendly illustrations of over 1200 species.
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167.990000 USD

Fundamentals of Invertebrate Palaeontology: Macrofossils

by Sreepat Jain
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On the basis of thermodynamic considerations and the Earth's historical processes, this book argues the physical inevitability of life's generation and evolution, i.e., Why did life generate? Why does life evolve? Following an introduction to the problem, the hypothesis Darwinian Evolution of Molecules is proposed, which explains how, when, and ...
Darwinian Evolution of Molecules: Physical and Earth-Historical Perspective of the Origin of Life
On the basis of thermodynamic considerations and the Earth's historical processes, this book argues the physical inevitability of life's generation and evolution, i.e., Why did life generate? Why does life evolve? Following an introduction to the problem, the hypothesis Darwinian Evolution of Molecules is proposed, which explains how, when, and where life was instigated through successive chemical reactions and the survival of selected molecules. The individual processes described are all scientifically reasonable, being verifiable by experiment. The hypothesis is supported by extensive reference to the scientific literature published in academic journals, including some experimental reports from the author's own research group. The readers of this book will learn that the decreasing temperature of the early Earth led to a reduction in its entropy, inducing the Earth's materials to order, which entailed ordering of the light elements as organic molecules with subsequent further ordering (i.e., evolution) to systems that can be considered alive (i.e., life). Researchers and students, as well as the non-academic audience, interested in the interdisciplinary problem of the origin of life will find suggestions and possible approaches to the scientific and conceptual problems they may be facing.
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146.990000 USD

Darwinian Evolution of Molecules: Physical and Earth-Historical Perspective of the Origin of Life

by Hiromoto Nakazawa
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Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. They simultaneously fill us with waves of terror, awe and affection - yet we know hardly anything about ...
Spying on Whales: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals
Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. They simultaneously fill us with waves of terror, awe and affection - yet we know hardly anything about them. Whales tend to only enter our awareness when they die, struck by a ship or stranded in the surf. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam entire ocean basins. Yet despite centuries of observing whales, we know little about their evolutionary past. In this remarkable new book, the Smithsonian's star palaeontologist Nick Pyenson takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research as he searches for the answers to some of our biggest questions about these graceful giants. His rich storytelling takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collection, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert of Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth. Spying on Whales is an illuminating story of scientific discovery that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic and beloved animals of all time.
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34.12 USD

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals

by Nicholas Pyenson
Hardback
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Using a series of case studies, the book demonstrates the power of dynamic analysis as applied to the fossil record. Written in an engaging and informative style, Dynamic Paleontology outlines the best application of quantitative and other tools to critical problems in the paleontological sciences including such topics as analysis ...
Dynamic Paleontology: Using Quantification and Other Tools to Decipher the History of Life
Using a series of case studies, the book demonstrates the power of dynamic analysis as applied to the fossil record. Written in an engaging and informative style, Dynamic Paleontology outlines the best application of quantitative and other tools to critical problems in the paleontological sciences including such topics as analysis of the Cambrian Explosion and the question regarding the presence of life on Mars. The book considers how we think about certain types questions and shows how we can refine our approach to analysis right from the beginning of any particular research effort. The analytical tools presented here will have wide application to other fields of knowledge; as such the book represents a major contribution to our deployment of modern scientific method.
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178.490000 USD

Dynamic Paleontology: Using Quantification and Other Tools to Decipher the History of Life

by Mark A.S. McMenamin
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Bringing together archaeological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and genetic data, this book makes a first attempt to reconstruct African population histories from out species' evolution to the Holocene. Africa during Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 6 to 2 (~190-12,000 years ago) witnessed the biological development and behavioral florescence of our species. Modern human ...
Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments
Bringing together archaeological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and genetic data, this book makes a first attempt to reconstruct African population histories from out species' evolution to the Holocene. Africa during Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 6 to 2 (~190-12,000 years ago) witnessed the biological development and behavioral florescence of our species. Modern human population dynamics, which involved multiple population expansions, dispersals, contractions and extinctions, played a central role in our species' evolutionary trajectory. So far, the demographic processes - modern human population sizes, distributions and movements - that occurred within Africa during this critical period have been consistently under-addressed. The authors of this volume aim at (1) examining the impact of this glacial-interglacial- glacial cycle on human group sizes, movements and distributions throughout Africa; (2) investigating the macro- and micro-evolutionary processes underpinning our species' anatomical and behavioral evolution; and (3) setting an agenda whereby Africa can benefit from, and eventually contribute to, the increasingly sophisticated theoretical and methodological palaeodemographic frameworks developed on other continents.
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135.450000 USD

Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments

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Paleontologists Really Dig Dinosaurs: 6 X 9, 100 Page, Composition Notebook for Dinosaur Enthusiasts
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8.280000 USD

Paleontologists Really Dig Dinosaurs: 6 X 9, 100 Page, Composition Notebook for Dinosaur Enthusiasts

by True North
Paperback
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Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist Along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific
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37.750000 USD

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist Along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific

by Ray Troll, Kirk R Johnson
Paperback
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Paleontology, Vol. 5: Part I; Lamellibranchiata, II; Text and Plates, Containing Descriptions and Figures of the Dimyaria, of the Upper Helderberg, Hamilton, Portage and Chemung Groups (Classic Reprint)
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20.550000 USD

Paleontology, Vol. 5: Part I; Lamellibranchiata, II; Text and Plates, Containing Descriptions and Figures of the Dimyaria, of the Upper Helderberg, Hamilton, Portage and Chemung Groups (Classic Reprint)

by Professor James Hall
Paperback
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The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist, Vol. 5: And Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Montreal, Conductedby a Committer of the Natural History Society (Classic Reprint)
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17.820000 USD

The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist, Vol. 5: And Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Montreal, Conductedby a Committer of the Natural History Society (Classic Reprint)

by Unknown Author
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The Ancient Life History of the Earth a Comprehensive Outline of the Principles
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19.940000 USD

The Ancient Life History of the Earth a Comprehensive Outline of the Principles

by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
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The Dawn Angiosperms: Uncovering the Origin of Flowering Plants
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188.990000 USD

The Dawn Angiosperms: Uncovering the Origin of Flowering Plants

by Xin Wang
Hardback
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The Pleistocene: Geography, Geology, and Fauna
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290.05 USD

The Pleistocene: Geography, Geology, and Fauna

Hardback
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Night Thoughts: George Gaylord Simpson's Reflections on Leaving the American Museum of Natural History
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9.450000 USD

Night Thoughts: George Gaylord Simpson's Reflections on Leaving the American Museum of Natural History

by George Gaylord Simpson, Joe Cain
Paperback
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Preliminary Report on the Paleontology of the Black Hills
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12.590000 USD

Preliminary Report on the Paleontology of the Black Hills

by R P Whitfield
Paperback
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Results of an Examination of Syrian Molluscan Fossils, Chiefly from the Range of Mount Lebanon
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12.590000 USD

Results of an Examination of Syrian Molluscan Fossils, Chiefly from the Range of Mount Lebanon

by Charles E Hamlin
Paperback
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Paleoecology: Past, Present and Future
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163.790000 USD

Paleoecology: Past, Present and Future

Hardback
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Magical Notebook
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7.340000 USD

Magical Notebook

by Wild Pages Press
Paperback
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Smithsonian Institution United States National Museum Bulletin 76, Vol. 2: Asteroidea of the North Pacific and Adjacent Waters (Classic Reprint)
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14.250000 USD

Smithsonian Institution United States National Museum Bulletin 76, Vol. 2: Asteroidea of the North Pacific and Adjacent Waters (Classic Reprint)

by Walter Kenrick Fisher
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Proceedings of the United States National Museum, Vol. 77 (Classic Reprint)
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24.750000 USD

Proceedings of the United States National Museum, Vol. 77 (Classic Reprint)

by Unknown Author
Paperback
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Description of Some New Species of Invertebrates from the Palaeozoic Rocks of Illinois and Adjacent States (Classic Reprint)
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10.050000 USD

Description of Some New Species of Invertebrates from the Palaeozoic Rocks of Illinois and Adjacent States (Classic Reprint)

by S a Miller
Paperback
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Handbook of Unionid Mussels in Kansas (Classic Reprint)
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11.100000 USD

Handbook of Unionid Mussels in Kansas (Classic Reprint)

by Harold D. Murray
Paperback
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Taxonomic Study of the Cicadellinae, Vol. 1: Proconiini (Classic Reprint)
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14.250000 USD

Taxonomic Study of the Cicadellinae, Vol. 1: Proconiini (Classic Reprint)

by United States National Museum
Paperback
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Catalogue of Phaneropneumona, or Terrestrial Operculated Mollusca, in the Collection of the British Museum (Classic Reprint)
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14.250000 USD

Catalogue of Phaneropneumona, or Terrestrial Operculated Mollusca, in the Collection of the British Museum (Classic Reprint)

by British Museum
Paperback
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Transactions of the Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club, Vol. 4: 1858-60 (Classic Reprint)
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14.670000 USD

Transactions of the Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club, Vol. 4: 1858-60 (Classic Reprint)

by Unknown Author
Paperback
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Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, Vol. 15: For 1908 (Classic Reprint)
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11.100000 USD

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, Vol. 15: For 1908 (Classic Reprint)

by Unknown Author
Paperback
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Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1885 (Classic Reprint)
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17.820000 USD

Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1885 (Classic Reprint)

by Edward J Nolan
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A Monograph of the Devonian Fauna of the South of England, Vol. 3: Part II.; The Fauna of the Marwood and Pilton Beds of North Devon and Somerset, Continued (Classic Reprint)
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11.520000 USD

A Monograph of the Devonian Fauna of the South of England, Vol. 3: Part II.; The Fauna of the Marwood and Pilton Beds of North Devon and Somerset, Continued (Classic Reprint)

by G F Whidborne
Paperback
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Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoӧlogy, at Harvard College, Vol. 43 (Classic Reprint)
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20.550000 USD

Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoӧlogy, at Harvard College, Vol. 43 (Classic Reprint)

by Harvard University Zoology
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Catalogue of the Fossil Mammalia, Vol. 4: In the British Museum (Natural History) Cromwell Road, S. W., Containing the Order Ungulata, Proboscidea (Classic Reprint)
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12.570000 USD

Catalogue of the Fossil Mammalia, Vol. 4: In the British Museum (Natural History) Cromwell Road, S. W., Containing the Order Ungulata, Proboscidea (Classic Reprint)

by Richard Museum
Paperback
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