African Dinosaurs Unearthed: The Tendaguru Expeditions (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, 02.07.2003 - 432 Seiten
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From 1907 to 1931 at Tendaguru, a remote site in present-day Tanzania, teams of German (and later British) paleontologists unearthed 220 tons of fossils, including the bones of a new dinosaur, one of the largest then known. For decades the mounted skeleton of this giant, Brachiosaurus, was the largest skeleton of a land animal on exhibit in the world. The dinosaur and other animal fossils found at Tendaguru form one of the cornerstones of our understanding of life in the Mesozoic era. Visited sporadically during the '30s and '40s, Tendaguru again became the site of scientific interest late in the 20th century. African Dinosaurs Unearthed tells the story of driven scientific adventurers working under difficult conditions and often paying the price with their health -- and sometimes with their lives. Set against the background of a troubled century, the book reveals how scientific endeavors were carried on through war and political turmoil, and continue into the present day.

  

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1907 Something Curious in the African Bush
1
1908 A Matter of National Honor
13
1909 A Cemetery of Giants
23
19091910 Geology in the Rain
50
1911 Along the Railway
68
19111912 A Museum Overflows
85
19131918 Fresh Discoveries and a Bitter War
101
19191924 The British Museum in Tanganyika Territory
118
19261927 Berlin in Chaos
199
19271929 Geology at Tendaguru
216
1929 Migeod Returns
223
1930 Migeod and Parrington Tendaguru and Nyasaland
235
19311939 Berlins Museum Triumphs
249
19391976 Destruction and Renewal
273
19712001 Russell to Africa Brachiosaurus to Tokyo Berlin to Tendaguru
292
A Significant Contribution
313

19241925 Cutler Leakey and a Difficult Start
130
1925 Berlin Builds Dinosaurs
146
1925 A Death in Africa
158
1925 A New Recruit
166
19251926 An Expedition Saved
173
NOTES
339
REFERENCES
363
INDEX
375
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Gerhard Maier has spent ten years working in archaeology and vertebrate paleontology. Formerly a technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, he now works as a data analyst for a major oil company. A lifelong interest in dinosaurs, travel, and history has culminated in this volume.

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