DINOSAURS AND PEOPLE: Fossils, Facts and Fantasies by Laurence Pringle

DINOSAURS AND PEOPLE: Fossils, Facts and Fantasies

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Pringle starts out soft, mentioning dinosaur ""fantasies"" in movies and elsewhere, and his history of early fossil and dinosaur hunters is little more than a lifeless summary of the men's and dinosaurs' names, with periodic reminders that much ""hardship"" as well as excitement and fame were involved in the discoveries. On the plus side, some of the last of the listed field workers are Soviets and Europeans (women among them, Pringle takes pains to point out) who are not well known here--but how well will his readers know them now? Other chapters in the story of dinosaurs and people are the famous Cope-Marsh rivalry, as both men raced to unearth new species, and the 1853 dinner party inside an Iguanadon model. Here they're just part of a potpourri, though perhaps such items have enough intrinsic curiosity-value to keep readers going until the final, more substantial section. There Pringle does a creditable job of tracing the reasoning that led to the new image of the endothermic, upright, agile, non-reptilian dinosaur.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich