Barnum Brown

Barnum Brown

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From his stunning discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex one hundred years ago to the dozens of other important new dinosaur species he found, Barnum Brown led a remarkable life (1873a€“1963), spending most of it searching for fossilsa€”and sometimes oila€”in every corner of the globe. One of the most famous scientists in the world during the middle of the twentieth century, Browna€”who lived fast, dressed to the nines, gambled, drank, smoked, and was known as a ladiesa€™ mana€”became as legendary as the dinosaurs he uncovered. Barnum Brown brushes off the loose sediment to reveal the man behind the legend. Drawing on Browna€™s field correspondence and unpublished notes, and on the writings of his daughter and his two wives, it discloses for the first time details about his life and travelsa€”from his youth on the western frontier to his spying for the U.S. government under cover of his expeditions. This absorbing biography also takes full measure of Browna€™s extensive scientific accomplishments, making it the definitive account of the life and times of a singular man and a superlative fossil hunter.... the expeditiona#39;s success, especially because Hatcher and his crew would attempt a true feat in this desolate landscape. ... During the voyage of the Beagle in 1832, Charles Darwin discovered a suite of Ice Age fossils when the ... and unique South American ungulates fascinated the young naturalist and helped kindle thoughts that eventually led to his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

Title:Barnum Brown
Author:Lowell Dingus, Mark Norell
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2010-05-03


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