200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 in
February 7, 2007
The university of Alberta Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0888644817
ISBN - 13: 9780888644817
About the Book
Noted naturalist and author John Acorn showcases Alberta's paleontological history in 80 succinct essays. Whether talking about a species of dinosaur or a significant fossil bed, or answering questions such as how paleontologists know where to dig, John Acorn has an interesting tale to tell and a picture to show. Readers encounter Barnum Brown, fossil hunter; Dromaeosaurus, a snappy little raptor; or Devil's Coulee and its dinosaur nests. Written with the collaboration of the curators at the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, this is a book that will appeal to anyone with an inquiring mind.
From the Publisher
Alberta is well known for its fossil treasures, and author John Acorn is as keen on the long-dead creatures of Alberta as he is on the living. Here, John features 80 of the most noteworthy fossils, fossil locations, and fossil hunters from this most palaeontological of provinces. There's more to the story of "deep Alberta" than dinosaurs, but dinosaur fans will find all their favourite beasts here as well -- from Edmontosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex, and everything in-between. Then there are the surprises, such as the world's oldest pike, the discovery of a venomous mammal, and the fossils found in such unlikely places as Edmonton and Calgary. Prepared with the collaboration of palaeontologists around Alberta, and the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, this is a book that is long overdue, and that deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf.
From the Jacket
Alberta is well known for its fossil treasures, and author John Acorn is as keen on the long-dead creatures of Alberta as he is on the living ones. In Deep Alberta: Fossil Facts and Dinosaur Digs, John features 80 of the most noteworthy fossils, fossil locations and fossil hunters from this most palaeontological of provinces. There's more to the story of "deep Alberta" than dinosaurs, but dinosaur fans will find all their favourite beasts here as well—from Albertosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex, and everything in-between. There are surprises: such as the world’s oldest pike, the discovery of a venomous mammal and the fossils found in such unlikely places as Edmonton and Calgary. Based on the CKUA radio series, Deep Alberta, and prepared in collaboration with palaeontologists from the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum and elsewhere in Alberta, this book deserves a place on every bookshelf.
About the Author
John Acorn is a writer, broadcaster, and biologist. In 2008, he received NSERC's Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and sons Jesse and Ben.
"John Acorn, a.k.a. the Nature Nut, is better known for his work in entomology than in paleontology. In 2005, the Royal Tyrrell Museum and CKUA Radio approached Acorn to do a radio series on Alberta's paleontology. This book is based on the 80 scripts created for that series. In Acorn's words 'Deep Alberta is the prehistoric heritage that places our province in context in what geologists and palaeontologists call deep time.' Acorn hopes that readers 'without a formal background in palaeontology will find here some interesting insights into the inner workings of this fascinating discipline.' The illustrations are excellent. They are clear, sharp, and have good colour quality. All are educational, often with insets or highlights to help make a point obvious. As usual, Acorn engages his readers with questions and informal, chatty commentary. 'But Alberta has a T.rex with a nickname, the Black Beauty. I know-that's also a horse's name, but hey, it works for me.' His commentaries are light and highly informative. 'You may have heard the shocking news that there were lions in Alberta when the first people appeared, but did you also know about the cheetahs?' This is Acorn in fine form, making science fun and comprehensible to the average person. Public and school libraries will want to acquire this excellent volume. Sandy Campbell, University of Alberta Science and Technology Library