Unearthing the Dragon

3.81 avg rating
( 26 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780131862661: Unearthing the Dragon
From the Back Cover:

Unearthing the Dragon is the first book to establish the dramatic change in our understanding of dinosaur origins, based on the new fossil discoveries in China reported by the leading US researcher in a personal account of his adventures there.

Mark Norell establishes this revolution in our understanding of dinosaurs that has occurred in the last decade. Dinosaurs are no longer thought of as lizards so much as birds. The transformation can be seen by comparing the first Jurassic Park movie with its leathery dinosaurs to the recent reconstructions in the BBC series "Walking with Dinosaurs in America" where they appear as warm-blooded feathered animals, attending their young and brooding their nests.

This transformation in popular culture is based on fossil discoveries in one profoundly important region in China: Liaoning Province. Mark Norell, the Chair and Curator, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, is the leading US researcher on these fossils, and he has traveled to the region repeatedly over the last decade. Here he tells the story of these discoveries and his work with an extraordinarily talented group of Chinese scientists.

Unearthing the Dragon is a very personal account of being in a foreign land with a radically different culture, history of science, and code of social behaviors. In the hinterland of China, farmers, not trained researchers, often collect fossils. Local officials' trust is garnered over banquet meals and vigorous drinking sessions. Photographer and artist Mick Ellison shares in the adventures as the pair navigates forward through the world of modern China--and leads readers back to a magical prehistoric land of feathered dinosaurs revealed in the Liaoning fossils.

"Reads like Redmond O'Hanlon goes fossil-hunting in China. But that is where the resemblance stops, for Mark Norell is a master paleontologist and the fossils are some of the most wonderful and important ever found."
--Alan Walker, FRS, Professor of Biological Anthropology and Biology, Pennsylvania State University, author of The Wisdom of Bones
"Captures the sights, the sounds--even the smells--of a hard-working, hard-playing surf-dude paleontologist on the fossil trail. Rex and drugs and rock'n'roll!"
--Henry Gee, Senior Editor, Biological Sciences, Nature
"Enlightening and entertaining. Norell's knowledge of fossils and his passion for Chinese culture merge in this eminently readable account of one of the most important paleontological breakthroughs of the last century."
--Neil H. Shubin, Professor and Chair, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
"A gritty, fast-paced pursuit in search of feathered dinosaurs. Norell's writing gives you the feeling that you are right there, next to him following the fossil trail."
--Donald C. Johanson, Virginia M. Ullman Chair in Human Origins; Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University; and author of From Lucy to Language

About the Author:

Mark Norell is the Chair and Curator, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History. In the fall of 2004 he published two major research papers in Nature on feathered dinosaurs, and has previously published over 100 papers in academic journals. His research has been frequently reported in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

Mick Ellison is currently Principal Artist in the Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History. His photographs and drawings have appeared on the covers of Nature, Science, and on the front pages of The New York Times. His other clients include National Geographic, Natural History Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Discover, Nova, BBC and CNN. He lives in New York City.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Mark A. Norell; Mick Ellison
Published by Pi Press (2005)
ISBN 10: 0131862669 ISBN 13: 9780131862661
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pi Press, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0131862669

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
19.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Mark A. Norell, Mick Ellison
Published by Pi Press (2005)
ISBN 10: 0131862669 ISBN 13: 9780131862661
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pi Press, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0131862669

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.06
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Mick Ellison and Mark Norell
ISBN 10: 0131862669 ISBN 13: 9780131862661
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801318626611.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
18.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.06
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Norell, Mark A., Ellison, Mick
Published by Pi Press (2005)
ISBN 10: 0131862669 ISBN 13: 9780131862661
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pi Press, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110131862669

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
31.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.29
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Mark A. Norell; Mick Ellison
ISBN 10: 0131862669 ISBN 13: 9780131862661
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AMAZINGBOOKDEALS
(IRVING, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0131862669BNA

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
92.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.06
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds