By: Claudine Cohen
297 pages, 23 b/w photos, 46 illus
Provides an account of the mammoth, looking at its history in science, myth, and popular culture. Cohen uses the mammoth and the theories that naturalists constructed around it to illuminate wider isuues in the history of science, showing how changing views about a single object reveal the development of scientific methods, practices and ideas.
Some groping attempts to tell the history of paleontology through a mammoth's eyes have been made before, but only as a lick and promise, and largely by amateur enthusiasts with (perhaps) adequate knowledge of fossils, but little understanding of the subtleties or larger contexts in the history of science. But, in this truly pathbreaking book, the mammoth has finally met its match in Claudine Cohen. - from the Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
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