Sidetracked: The Struggle fo BC's Fossils by Vivien LougheedSidetracked: The Struggle fo BC's Fossils by Vivien Lougheed

Sidetracked: The Struggle fo BC's Fossils

byVivien Lougheed

Paperback | August 12, 2011

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What began as a hunting trip to British Columbia’s Northern Rockies in 2000 turns into one of the province’s most important fossil finds – the Monroe Dinosaur Trackway in Kakwa Provincial Park. In Sidetracked: The Struggle for BC’s Fossils, Vivien Lougheed tells the fascinating tale of the trackway’s discovery and, in the telling, weaves in stories of other major fossil finds in British Columbia and across North America, many of which demonstrate how egos, turf wars and a lack of resources diminish the science of paleontology.

While professional and amateur paleontologists, commercial fossil hunters, scientific societies, professors, museum curators and politicians spar in an ancient arena, erosion, theft and neglect threaten Earth’s fossil record and with it our ability to decipher the geological past. In Sidetracked Lougheed chronicles one man’s growing passion for paleontology and issues a plea for cooperation, not competition, in the pursuit of that arcane science.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Vivien Lougheed moved to Prince George, BC, in 1970. She met her husband, writer John Harris, in 1983 and with his encouragement started writing about her travels in Central and South America, British Columbia and the Yukon. She has numerous books to her credit in addition to hundreds of magazine and newspa...
Title:Sidetracked: The Struggle fo BC's FossilsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 12, 2011Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0978319559

ISBN - 13:9780978319557


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dinosaur battles Anyone travelling through fossil country in Alberta, BC, or the US will enjoy this account of a couple of guys who come across an amazing dinosaur trackway in northeastern BC and try hard to have a hand in helping the pros study it. Talk about a battle! It's crazy. The author also tells the stories of other fossil finders who are sidetracked by the big boys - I also really enjoyed the description of the landscapes where many of these fossils were found.
Date published: 2012-06-15