Dinosaur Impressions: Postcards from a Paleontologist (Hardback)
  • Dinosaur Impressions: Postcards from a Paleontologist (Hardback)

Dinosaur Impressions: Postcards from a Paleontologist (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 28/09/1998
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Dinosaur Impressions is the engaging account of thirty years of travel and paleontological exploration by Philippe Taquet, one of the world's most noted paleontologists. In this 1998 book, Dr Taquet takes the reader on a surprisingly far-flung tour ranging from the Provence countryside to the Niger desert, from the Brazilian bush to the Mongolian Steppes, and from the Laos jungle to the Moroccan mountains in search of dinosaur bones and what they have to tell us about a vanished world. With wry humor and lively anecdotes, Dr Taquet retraces the history of paleontological research along the way discussing the latest theories of dinosaur existence and extinction. Dinosaur Impressions provides a unique, thoughtful perspective not often encountered in English-speaking works. This insightful, first-hand account of an exceptional career is also a travelogue par excellence that will enthrall enthusiasts and general readers alike.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521583725
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 22 mm

'Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic - these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: 'Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?' ... Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching'. Kirkus Reviews
'Philippe Taquet has traveled to the ends of the earth in search of fossils. His recollection of these adventures is a brilliant blend of science and personal passion.' Michael J. Novacek, Provost of Science, American Museum of Natural History and author of Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs
'... a very human insight into the life and work of a paleontologist: it charts the pain and joy of expedition work and travel in a wonderfully accessible way ... [A] marvellously rich tapestry of endeavour, life and a history of life - and a damned fine read!' David Norman, Director, Sedgwick Museum and author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs
'I loved it! An extraordinary book that leads its reader on a glorious and passionate adventure of discover through time. A global dinosaur hunt, eloquently written, and faithfully translated, it's about the most fun I've ever had reading science. It's a great pleasure to read science so eloquently delivered.' Jack Horner, Curator, Museum of the Rockies and co-author of Digging Dinosaurs and Dinosaurs Lives
' ... full of delightful anecdotes, and a warm humanity shines through on every part of this memoir.' Hans-Dieter Sues, Royal Ontario Museum and author of In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs
' ... an enjoyable and illuminating book which can be thoroughly recommended.' Journal of Natural History
'... worth reading, even if you are not a dinosaur fan'. Wendy Hamilton, Open University Geological Society Journal
'... good practical insight into the work and strivings of palaeontologists.' David Norman, The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Taquet's book--an interweaving of travelogue, history of paleontology, and popular presentation of the results of dinosaur studies...provides an overview of an extraordinary field-based research program and tells the story of discovery of some of the most significant specimens and localities found in the past thirty years." Palaios
"Whether excavating the spinal crest of a new dinosaur species from the African desert, preserving traces of fossilized dinosaur skin in Mongolia, or puzzling over a auropod tail in Laos, Taquet draws readers into the high adventure of discovery. From the dirty work with pick and awl to the intellectual daring of framing new evolutionary theories, readers experience the full range of a paleontologist's tasks...lucid and fascinating..." Booklist
"...[Taquet] is on the whole an engaging writer, one who has produced a book that's an oddly sweet mix of ephemera and hard science." Publishers Weekly
"Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic....Here [Taquet] acts as an elder statesman--avuncular, discriminating, with lots of old chestnuts to share--passing on some of the fruits of his life's passion....Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching." Kirkus Reviews
"Renowed paleontologist Taquet relates his incredible 30-year hunt for dinosaur fossils from Africa to Asia, focusing on his exciting discoveries....He also offers glimpses into milestone theories in geology and paleontology...Both informative and captivating, this book is highly recommended..." Library Journal
"In the dinosaur business for nearly 30 years, this French paleontologist reflects on his storied career by carefully blending anecdotes with current theories about dinosaur life and extinction." Science News
"Mr Taquet's book is charmingly written, generous with credit to fellow scientists, terse in describing mean climates and bad roads, and eloquent in conveying the excitement and growing delight the author felt when `a few bony fragments' emerged as `the whole right side of the skull of a superb Protoceratops'. Enormously informative about dinosaurs, and a real pleasure to read." The Atlantic Monthly
"...a smooth translation." Scientific American
"Dinosaur Impressions is `must' reading for aspiring students of paleontology and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in dinosaurs and the science that reveals them to us." The Midwest Book Review
"While the book is aimed principally at the non-specialist, and should certainly ignite and fuel the enthusiasm of this readership, it will also appeal to professionals curious to learn about the field experiences and career of a fellow palaeontologist...an enjoyable and illuminating book which can be thoroughly recommended." Journal of Natural History

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