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From 1907 to 1931 at Tendaguru, a remote site in present-day Tanzania, teams of German (and later British) paleontologists unearthed 220 tons of fossils, including the bones of a new dinosaur, one of the largest then known. For decades the mounted skeleton of this giant, Brachiosaurus, was the largest skeleton of a land animal on exhibit in the world. The dinosaur and other animal fossils found at Tendaguru form one of the cornerstones of our understanding of life in the Mesozoic era. Visited sporadically during the ’30s and ’40s, Tendaguru again became the site of scientific interest late in the 20th century. African Dinosaurs Unearthed tells the story of driven scientific adventurers working under difficult conditions and often paying the price with their health—and sometimes with their lives. Set against the background of a troubled century, the book reveals how scientific endeavors were carried on through war and political turmoil, and continue into the present day.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. Dale Russell
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1 1907 Something Curious in the African Bush
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2 1908 A Matter of National Honor
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 3 1909 A Cemetery of Giants
  2. pp. 23-49
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  1. 4 1909-1910 Geology in the Rain
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. 5 1911 Along the Railway
  2. pp. 68-82
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  1. 6 1911-1912 A Museum Overflows
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. 7 1913-1918 Fresh Discoveries and a Bitter War
  2. pp. 99-115
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  1. 8 1919-1924 The British Museum in Tanganyika Territory
  2. pp. 116-127
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  1. 9 1924-1925 Cutler, Leakey, and a Difficult Start
  2. pp. 128-143
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  1. 10 1925 Berlin Builds Dinosaurs
  2. pp. 144-155
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  1. 11 1925 A Death in Africa
  2. pp. 156-163
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  1. 12 1925 A New Recruit
  2. pp. 164-170
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  1. 13 1925-1926 An Expedition Saved
  2. pp. 171-194
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  1. 14 1926-1927 Berlin in Chaos
  2. pp. 195-211
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  1. 15 1927-1929 Geology at Tendaguru
  2. pp. 212-218
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  1. 16 1929 Migeod Returns
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. 17 1930 Migeod and Parrington, Tendaguru and Nyasaland
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. 18 1931-1939 Berlin's Museum Triumphs
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. 19 1939-1976 Destruction and Renewal
  2. pp. 269-287
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  1. 20 1971-2001 Russell to Africa, Brachiosaurus to Tokyo, Berlin to Tendaguru
  2. pp. 288-308
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  1. 21 A Significant Contribution
  2. pp. 309-334
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 335-358
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 359-370
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 371-380
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 381
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253000545
Related ISBN
9780253342140
MARC Record
OCLC
1016587551
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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