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The First Fossil Hunters Paleontology in Greek and Roman TimesGriffins Cyclopes Monsters and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans But what if these beings were than merely fictions What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters Through careful research and meticulous documentation she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact in the enormou. A very interesting non fiction treatment of what the Greeks and Romans knew about fossils apparently they had a lot of them and what they thought they were the bones of mythological creatures andor heroes who were taller than ordinary people Mayor is very scrupulously data driven and I think my favorite part was the chart of how tall all the heroes were along with our source of evidence for each hero There's also an appendix containing a fairly exhaustive selection of excerpts in translation from ancient authors who wrote about fossils Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to know about the classical world and dinosaurs However I feel like this book is not as engaging as Mayor's later work; I thought The Poison King and Gods and Robots were much well written
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S bones of long extinct species that were once abundant in the lands of the Greeks and RomansAs Mayor shows the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands They freuently encountered the fossilized bones of these primeval beings and they developed sophisticated concepts to explain the fossil evidence concepts that were expressed in mythological stories The legend of the gold guarding griffin for example sprang from tales first told by Scythian gold miners who passing through the Gobi Desert at the foot of the Altai Mountains encountered the skeletons of Protoceratops an. I have finished the book itself and am working my way through the Appendices and footnotes This book is very dense it has only 5 chapters and the rest of the book is taken up by appendices and footnotes but it has been not only enjoyable but enlightening I'm finding the footnotes almost as interesting as the text itself wasI first read something about the linkage between fossils and folkloremythology many years ago and never saw anything further about it but it always made sense to me as a hypothesisTo find it now fully fleshed out with classical references historical images and descriptions is an exciting find To also find that this book has helped create a new field of study that brings together the sciences of archaeology and paleontology and the studies of the Greek and Roman classics and the mythology and folklore of many different peoples while still being readable and enjoyable is a wonderful find
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Free download The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Griffins Cyclopes Monsters and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have coD other dinosaurs that littered the groundLike their modern counterparts the ancient fossil hunters collected and measured impressive petrified remains and displayed them in temples and museums; they attempted to reconstruct the appearance of these prehistoric creatures and to explain their extinction Long thought to be fantasy the remarkably detailed and perceptive Greek and Roman accounts of giant bone finds were actually based on solid paleontological facts By reading these neglected narratives for the first time in the light of modern scientific discoveries Adrienne Mayor illuminates a lost world of ancient paleontolo. I love this book I do absolutely She breaks down Greek myths into scientific explanations involved in paleontology eg the griffin as Gobi desert fossils of the protoceratops Very well researched and incredibly fascinating Also she replied to my feedback email granting me some further incite in her studies and her personality