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Author Conniff, Richard, 1951- author

Title House of lost worlds : dinosaurs, dynasties, & the story of life on earth / Richard Conniff
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (320 pages)
Contents Introduction : hunting for truffles -- A West that was actually wild -- The patriarch -- The education of O.C. Marsh -- The wooing of George Peabody -- Rock render -- A rumor of war -- The Marsh expeditions -- Professor M on the warpath -- The year of enormous dinosaurs -- Fossils, buffalo, and the birth of American conservation -- A building of their own -- In the shadow of O.C. Marsh -- The prince of bone hunters -- Bone wars -- Trilobite magic and cycad obsessions -- Mapping ancient worlds -- A city raised like a chalice -- Teaching evolution -- The rise of modern ecology -- The beauty of the beasts -- The art of being invisible -- Into the unmapped world -- Zoology in the time of geneticists -- The man who saved dinosaurs -- Epilogue -- The Peabody's scientists
Summary 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.0For anyone with an interest in exploring, understanding, and protecting the natural world, this book will deliver abundant delights
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Peabody Museum of Natural History.
SUBJECT Peabody Museum of Natural History fast
Peabody Museum of Natural History gnd
Subject Natural history museums -- Connecticut -- New Haven
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Museum Administration & Museology.
REFERENCE -- General.
TRAVEL -- Museums, Tours, Points of Interest.
Natural history museums
Connecticut -- New Haven
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300220605