A reference to significant events in the world of paleontology and happenings related to prehistoric life. It is ordered by calendar date: the reader can look under any day of the year and find, for example, which scientists were born on that day, what fossil discoveries were made, which museums opened, which dinosaur-related movies premiered, and so on.
"Glut's compendium, a calendar in book form, results from his hobby of collecting oddments about dinosaurs and the people whose imaginations have been fired by them. Between January 1 and December 31, Glut slots several factoids per date, including that red letter date of 14 February 1944, when future dino fan Donald Glut was born. The growing Glut also developed a taste for the campy monster movies in which T. Rex and friends snacked on humans and stomped on cities. Result: promotional posters and stills from the movies--spanning King Kong to Jurassic Park and alighting on every B-flick schlock in between--illustrate Glut's pages. Competing for space with his movie fixation are the lives and discoveries of famous paleontologists and bone hunters, from Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh in the past to Robert Bakker and Paul Serrano in the present. The data about those figures, who are the source material for the stock character of the movies' obsessed bone hunter, add gravitas to the levity that is this book's essence. --Gilbert Taylor"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
|| Jefferson, N.C. :McFarland,1999
xii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-271) and index.
||0786405929 (sewn softcover : alk. paper)