Dragons: The Modern Infestation

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 142 pages
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Pre-medieval dragons are a staple of Western culture, familiar through bestiaries, folklore and the framework of meaning provided by the church. Dragons of the Modern Infestation, however, must be known through a scientific term: verminology. The purpose of this monograph is to make available to the general public the fruits of verminological research which began shortly after the first modern sightings, in the hope of fostering a better understanding of the risks inherent in dragon/human contact, and a deeper appreciation of the beauty and complexity of these beasts. The book introduces their basic anatomy, habits, recreation, preferences in food, and their legendary lust for treasure; it covers their mating rituals and their care for their young, and, importantly, the Mime, the means by which the dragons pursue their prey and invade even the most densely populated cities. Dragon language is discussed, and the controversial possibility of dragon/human communication. Dragons/ draws freely from the work of the major verminologists, such as Philomel St James and Philip Marsden; excerpts from their private papers, field notes and journals give the reader the sense of what it is like to study dragons at firsthand. Thisis the first edition in the United Kingdom; it includes an updated preface and several new photographs, as well as the charts, graphs, maps, and bibliographic detail that made the 1980 edition the standard reference for the Modern Infestation. PAMELA WHARTON BLANPIED has been watching dragons since the first incidents of the Modern Infestation occurred, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the scientific literature on the subject. She is now recognised as the leading authority in this field.
  

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Contents

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MODERN INFESTATION AND
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One of the earliest confirmed dragon sightings
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The Disaster
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Revenge the Official Toleration Act and the Consequences
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Philip Marsden and Philomel St James on a field expedition in Alaska
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Modern Verminology
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Second Dragon Census SantanderBranco Report
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Third Dragon Census
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Uninhabited beaches in Southern Chile strewn with halfmimed dragons in Observation
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The Brooks Range of Alaska is a favorite Observation area
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Recreation site at North Crater Mount Wrangell Alaska
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Vocalization site Belgrade Lakes Maine USA
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Contents of Known Hoards
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The entrance to Vlads hoard on The Snares New Zealand
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Ice shapes formed during mating Crested Butte Colorado
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Description of Dragon Caches Examined to Date
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Length of Dragons
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ANATOMICAL AND BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS
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Comparison of Dragon with Human and Canine Skulls 3233
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Weight of Dragons
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Serpentine Gait
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A dragon assuming the mime
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Mating dragons turn peaceful Lead Pond into steam
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Ingestive Preference at Wad Madani
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South Island New Zealand
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Kaikoura South Island New Zealand
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Dragons racing across the Susquehanna River Sunbury Pennsylvania
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Traffic on Gulkana Glacier Alaska
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EXCERPTS FROM THE PAPERS OF MARTA FROEDLICH
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Marsden and St James Come to Canania
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Froedlich and Marsden near Valentin Chile
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Conversation between Marsden and Vlad
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Suggestions for Further Reading
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Index
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