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Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus Rex

Biography / Memoir

By: Lowell Dingus and Mark Norell

400 pages, 44 b/w photos, 9 maps, tab

University of California Press

Hardback | Apr 2010 | #183776 | ISBN-13: 9780520252646
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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 (1873-1963), spending most of it searching for fossils - and sometimes oil - in every corner of the globe. One of the most famous scientists in the world during the middle of the twentieth century, Brown became as legendary as the dinosaurs he uncovered.

This book brushes off the loose sediment to reveal the man behind the legend. Drawing on Brown's field correspondence and unpublished notes, and on the writings of his daughter and his two wives, it discloses for the first time details about his life and travels - from his youth on the western frontier to his spying for the U.S. government under cover of his expeditions. This biography also takes full measure of Brown's extensive scientific accomplishments.

A rollicking recollection of Brown.--Discover Magazine "It is about time someone wrote this book ... this book tells the story very well ... Highly recommended."--Choice "Dingus and Norell do justice to the unconventional, many-faceted if somewhat mysterious Brown."--Publishers Weekly "An authoritative biography of Barnum Brown has long been wanting, and the authors of the new volume have done an overall excellent job of summarizing the achievements of one of the most famous fossil hunters of all time." Tracking Blog "The definitive account of the life and times of a singular man and a superlative fossil hunter."--Science Blogs


Contents List of Illustrations Prologue: The Mindset of Barnum Brown 1. Child of the Frontier (1873-1889) 2. Student ... of Sorts (1889-1896) 3. Apprentice Extraordinaire (1896-1898) 4. To Land's End: Patagonia (1898-1900) 5. To the Depths of Hell Creek (1900-1903) 6. Love (1903-1906) 7. Loss (1906-1910) 8. The Canadian Dinosaur Bone Rush (1910-1916) 9. Cuba, Abyssinia, and Other Intrigues (1916-1921) 10. Jewels from the Orient: Raj India (1921-1923) 11. Perils and Pearls Up the Irrawaddy: Burma (1923) 12. Samos: Isle of Intrigue (1923-1925) 13. Ancient Americans Hunting Bison? Birds as Dinosaurs? (1925-1931) 14. Digging--and Flying--for Dinosaurs: Howe Quarry and the Aerial Survey of Western Fossil Beds (1931-1935) 15. Toward the Golden Years: The Mystery Track-Maker and the Glen Rose Trackway (1935-1942) 16. Brown as a Spy, Movie Consultant, and Showman at the World's Fair (1942-1963) Epilogue Appendix 1. List of Major Specimens Collected by Barnum Brown on Display in the AMNH Fossil Halls Appendix 2. Memoirs of Barnum Brown: Discovery, Excavation and Preparation of the Type Specimen Tyrannosaurus rex Appendix 3. Summary of Fossil Collections by Barnum Brown and His AMNH Crews Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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Lowell Dingus is Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Mark A. Norell is Chair of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. Together with Eugene Gaffney, Dingus and Norell coauthored Discovering Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory (UC Press, winner of an American Library Association Award).

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