Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs by Dennis R. DeanGideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs by Dennis R. Dean

Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs

byDennis R. Dean

Paperback | October 30, 2008

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Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs is a scholarly yet accessible biography--the first in a generation--of a pioneering dinosaur hunter and scholar. Gideon Mantell discovered the Iguanodon (a famous tale set right in this book) and several other dinosaur species, spent over twenty-five years restoring Iguanodon fossils, and helped establish the idea of an Age of Reptiles that ended with their extinction at the conclusion of the Mesozoic Era. He had significant interaction with such well-known figures as James Parkinson, Georges Cuvier, Charles Lyell, Roderick Murchison, Charles Darwin, and Richard Owen. Dennis Dean, a well-known scholar of geology and the Victorian era, here places Mantell's career in its cultural context, employing original research in archives throughout the world, including the previously unexamined Mantell family papers in New Zealand.
Title:Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of DinosaursFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:October 30, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521088178

ISBN - 13:9780521088176


Table of Contents

1. Castle Place; 2. Oryctology; 3. Fossils of the South Downs; 4. Iguanodon; 5. The geology of Sussex; 6. Hylaeosaurus; 7. Old Steine; 8. Wonders of geology; 9. Crescent Lodge; 10. Medals of creation; 11. Chester Square; 12. Petrifactions and Their Teachings; Epilogue: Norwood Park; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Gideon Algeron Mantell is so major a figure in the history of geology that a new biographical treatment is overdue...The appearance of this new account of Matell must thus be welcomed, especially when so much of it is based upon primary sources not hitheto available to scientific historians.There is indeed much here that is both useful and interesting...destined to remain of long-term importance." Earth Science History 2000