Louis Jacobs reopened paleontologists' eyes to the African continent when he uncovered a major fossil site in the hills of Malawi in the 1980s. During five digging seasons in Malawi and three in Cameroon, Jacobs found the remains of two meat-eating theropods, two herbivorous sauropods, an odd crocodile about the size of a Chihuahua, and rare early mammals. Now in paperback, Quest for the African Dinosaurs includes Jacobs' new introduction, which discusses recent developments in paleontological research in Africa.
Louis Jacobs, formerly a visiting scholar at Harvard, teaches at Southern Methodist University and is president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man.
"A literary effort of real consequence, a book that informs and entertains, but at the same time is pleasing to the eye and to the ear [...] One closes Lou Jacobs' book with the wish that it did not have to come to an end [...] [because] one has been to Africa with Lou and surveyed the passing scene through his amused, discerning eye."
– Edwin H. Colbert, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology